Falcons Finish 4-1 At UC Santa Cruz Slugfest
Sept. 30, 2002
U.S.A.F.A., Colo.- The Air Force water polo team finished 4-1 against conference opponents at UC Santa Cruz's Slugfest tournament last weekend. The Falcons downed UC Davis (8-6), Pomona Pitzer (13-4), Santa Clara (13-1), and tournament hosts UCSC (13-8). Air Force's only loss of the weekend was 9-2 to UC San Diego.
The Falcons won their first game of the tournament against UC Davis, 8-6, in double overtime. Six Air Force players scored with C2Cs (Jr.) Micah Peterson and Kirk Reimer netting two goals each. C3Cs (So.) Murphey Morgan, Chris Nary, Eric Baber and C1C (Sr.) Charles Horn each had one goal. C2C Brandon Shroyer had 15 saves in goal and was named the game's MVP.
Seven players for Air Force scored in its 13-4 win over Pomona. Peterson led the team with four goals, followed by Josh Jewett with three and Reimer with two. Morgan, Nary, C2C Mitch Adams and C4C (Fr.) Justin Perkins each had one goal. Shroyer managed five saves for the game and Jewett was named the game's MVP.
The Falcons' only loss of the weekend was 9-2 to UC San Diego, the top seed in the 15-team Western Water Polo Association. Horn and Reimer were the only Air Force players to score. Shroyer managed 15 saves in goal and was named the game's MVP.
The Falcons defeated tournament hosts UC Santa Cruz in a game that was tied at the half with Air Force leading by only one point in the fourth period. The Falcons outscored UCSC 5-1 to win the game 13-8. Horn scored six goals and was able to draw two ejections for the game of his career. The team's six-on-five defense shut out the Santa Cruz offense as they had seven extra man situations and were unable to score. Morgan and Reimer led the Air Force defense with 32 steals each. Horn and Morgan were both named the game's MVPs.
Once again Air Force had seven players score in its final game against Santa Clara. Jewett led the team with four goals while Morgan, Horn and Reimer had two and Adams and C4C Jeff Donaldson each had one. Horn led the defense with four steals while Jewett was able to draw three ejections. Shroyer had 11 saves for the game. Shroyer had 53 saves for the weekend and was named the tournament's MVP.
The Falcons are now 6-7 overall for the season and 6-2 in conference play. The team will be in action this weekend at Cal Berkeley's Nor Cal tournament, Oct. 5-6.