No. 16 Air Force Ends Regular Season with Four Conference Games

    Junior Tyler Hewko
    Junior Tyler Hewko

    Oct. 31, 2007

    The 16th-ranked Air Force water polo team wraps up the regular season this weekend, Nov. 3-4, as they travel west for four WWPA contests. The Falcons visit 12th-ranked Loyola Marymount and Chapman on Saturday, while facing La Verne and Claremont on Sunday.

    Head Coach Jeff Ehrlich...
    Head coach Jeff Ehrlich is in his ninth season at the helm of the Air Force water polo program. He came to the Academy in 1999 after a 25-year stint at Villa Park High School in Orange County, Calif.

    Since his arrival at Air Force, Ehrlich has led the team to a combined 125-126 overall record. Additionally, the Falcons have been nationally ranked in the top 20 at the end of seven of Ehrlich's eight seasons, with a best final ranking of 13th in 1999.

    Last Time Out...
    Two weeks ago, the Falcons went 3-1 on a trip to Navy, capturing victories over George Washington, No. 16 Bucknell and No. 20 Princeton, while falling to the 11th-ranked Midshipmen. Leading Air Force's offense was senior Clark Condict, who tallied 10 goals and an assist on the weekend.

    Scouting the Falcons...
    The Air Force Falcons, currently ranked 16th, enter this weekend with a 10-12 overall record and 3-4 mark in the WWPA.

    Senior captains Justin Berry and Clark Condict lead the Falcons with 48 and 46 goals, respectively, on the season. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper David Ostrom has tallied 176 saves on the year.

    Scouting the Lions...
    The Loyola Marymount Lions, ranked 12th in the nation, currently hold a 8-14 overall record and 4-4 mark in the WWPA. The Lions defeated UC San Diego and fell to Santa Clara last weekend.

     

     

    LMU is coached by John Loughran, in his 11th season at the helm of the program. Tibor Forai leads the Lions with 33 goals on the season.

    Scouting the Panthers...
    The Chapman Panthers enter this weekend with a 7-14 overall record and 2-9 mark in the WWPA. The Panthers will face Loyola Marymount before taking on Air Force on Saturday.

    Chapman is coached by Eric Ploessel, in his first season at the helm of the program. The Panthers have the nation's leading scorer, Alex Mule, who has tallied 86 goals through 23 games this season.

    Scouting the Leopards...
    The La Verne Leopards currently hold a 6-16 overall record and 1-11 mark in the WWPA. The Leopards play Claremont and Cal Lutheran before facing Air Force this weekend.

    La Verne is led by interim head coach Alex La, in his first season with the program.

    Scouting the Stags...
    The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags currently hold an 8-13 overall record and 2-7 mark in the WWPA. The Stags will face La Verne and Whittier before playing Air Force on Sunday.

    CMS is coached by interim head coach Greg Lonzo, in his first year with the program.

    Series Records...
    This weekend, Air Force and Loyola Marymount will meet for the 37th time in the all-time series, with the Falcons leading, 21-15. However, LMU has won nine in a row, including a two previous contests this season.

    Air Force and Chapman have met nine times before, with the Falcons undefeated against the Panthers. Air Force won a 13-6 decision last season.

    Air Force is 12-1 all-time against La Verne, winning both contests against the Leopards last season.

    This weekend, Air Force and Claremont will meet for the 31st time in the series, with the Falcons leading, 25-5. The Falcons won both meetings against the Stags last season.

    In the Rankings...
    Three Air Force water polo players are currently listed in the conference and national rankings. Senior Justin Berry ranks eighth in the WWPA and 24th in the nation in total goals (48) on the season, while fellow captain Clark Condict ranks ninth and 28th, respectively, in the same category with 46 goals. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper David Ostrom is seventh in the conference in total saves (176) on the season, while ranking 15th nationally.

    Moving Up in the Record Books...
    Senior Clark Condict continues to move up on the Falcons' list of all-time leading scorers. Entering the season in 23rd place with 160 points, Condict now sits in ninth place in the record books with 219 points (153 goals, 66 assists).

    Up Next...
    With the regular season under wraps, the Falcons get set to host the 2007 WWPA Championship, Nov. 16-18, at the Cadet Natatorium. Ten conference teams will compete for the chance to earn the WWPA's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

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