Falcons Finish First In Home Tournament
April 29, 2003
The Air Force varsity water polo team won the Rocky Mountain Water Polo Tournament, hosted by Air Force April 26-27, in the Cadet Gymnasium's Natatorium. The Falcons defeated five teams to win the tournament, outscoring their opponents 78-26.
The Air Force "A" team defeated the Falcons "B" team, 9-6 in the first match of the tournament. The varsity team returned later that morning to defeat CU-Boulder, 22-2. The final "A" team match of the day saw the Falcons down the Denver Masters team, 20-4.
The tournament continued the following day with Air Force defeating the alumni team, 19-8. The Falcons took on the Irvine Masters team in the championship game of the tournament, which is made up of former players from UC Irvine, UCLA, USC, Univ. of the Pacific, and the Univ. of Wyoming. Air Force won, 8-6. Junior Scott Butler led the Falcons offense with four goals, followed by juniors Kirk Reimer, with three, and Micah Peterson with one. Sophomore Chris Nary had three assists while Peterson finished the game with two. Junior Brandon Shroyer was named the game's MVP with 13 saves in goal, four steals and one assist.
Butler and sophomore Murphey Morgan were named the tournament MVPs. Butler scored 24 goals for Air Force on the weekend, followed by Reimer with 18 and Morgan with 12. Butler, Morgan and Peterson each had 12 assists for the tournament. Defensively, Peterson managed 14 steals followed by junior Chris Palmer and Morgan who each had 11. Shroyer had 26 saves in goal for the weekend. Sophomore Jared Jones had 15 saves on the weekend and junior Kelly Greiner finished the weekend with 13.
The Falcons conclude their spring season with a trip to Southern California this weekend, May 2-4. Air Force will face the U.S. junior national team Friday evening at the Los Alamidos Olympic Training Center at 9 p.m. The two teams face each other again Saturday morning at 10 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. game against Cal Baptist at Cal Baptist. At 6 p.m., Air Force takes on Chawp, a premiere league team from Southern California. The Falcons face ORCA at 10 a.m. Sunday to finish their weekend of competition.