Air Force Home Tournament Recap
Nov. 7, 2002
U.S.A.F.A., Colo.- Senior Charles Horn scored 17 goals to help the Falcons to a 4-0 finsh in this weekend's "East Meets West" water polo tournament, Oct. 26-27, in the Cadet Gymnasium's Natatorium. The Falcons defeated UC Santa Cruz, 16-7, and UC Davis, 12-7 during the first day of competition. Air Force also downed George Washington University, 12-7, Sunday morning en route to the championship match against 3-0 Cal Baptist. The Falcons edged the Lancers, 8-7. Junior Brandon Shroyer of Air Force was named all-tournament most valuable player with 12 saves in goal during the championship game. Horn was also named to the all-tournament team along with Brian King from UC Santa Cruz, Patrick Dodge of George Washington Univ., and Matt Sprankle and Adam Sherwood from Cal Baptist.
Against UC Santa Cruz, Horn scored six goals to lead the Falcons' offense as Air Force dropped the Slugs 16-7 during the first day of competition. The Falcons outscored UC Santa Cruz 11-3 in the first half and 5-4 in the second. Horn led the scoring for Air Force, followed by juniors Kirk Reimer and Micah Peterson who each had two goals, and sophomore Murphey Morgan who also had two. Junior Chris Palmer and sophomores Josh Jewett, Chris Nary and Eric Swenson each scored one goal.
Horn, Reimer and Morgan led the Falcons with three goals each to top the UC Davis Aggies, 12-7, during Saturday evening's game. Air Force opened up the scoring early in the match with a goal from Reimer. The Aggies answered less than a minute later to tie the game followed by another goal for their only lead of the game. Reimer scored again to bring the Falcons even, followed by two goals from junior Eric Baber to give Air Force a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period. The Falcons finished the half leading 6-4. UC Davis opened the scoring early in the third with a goal from freshman Conor Duignan. Horn answered with his first goal of the evening followed by Reimer's third to put Air Force up 8-5. Morgan netted his second late in the third. Horn finished out the period by scoring a goal for the Falcons with only two seconds remaining in the third. Morgan netted his third goal early in the fourth to open the scoring for Air Force. Horn closed out the fourth with a goal with two minutes remaining.
Horn scored four goals to help the Falcons top George Washington Univ., 12-7, Sunday morning. Air Force dominated the first three periods, outscoring George Washington 11-4. The Falcons gave up three goals in the fourth and scored only one. Morgan opened up the scoring for Air Force early in the first. George Washington answered with a goal from junior Patrick Dodge. Baber scored the next Falcon goal followed by a goal from Reimer to put Air Force up 3-1 at the end of the first. Horn netted his first goal early in the second. George Washington responded with two goals only to see Horn score again. Jewett scored his only goal of the game followed by another goal from Horn to leave George Washington trailing 7-3 at the half. The Falcons began the third period with three unanswered goals from Reimer, Peterson and Horn. Sophomore Matt Herrera netted the only Air Force goal of the fourth to help the Falcons to their 12-7 win over George Washington.
Horn and Jewett scored three goals each to combine for six of Air Force's eight goals in the Falcons' win over Cal Baptist Sunday afternoon's championship game. It was a battle of the undefeateds, with Cal Baptist having defeated George Washington (19-5), UC Santa Cruz (16-9) and UC Davis (9-5) earlier in the tournament.
The scoring began in the first minute of play with a goal from Cal Baptist senior Matt Sprankle. Horn scored for Air Force midway through the first to tie the game just before Jewett netted his first to put the Falcons up 2-1. Senior Steve Dugger scored for the Lancers to tie the game early in the second period. Jewett answered for Air Force with his second goal of the game. Senior Ante Kunac brought the game back to a tie with his first goal of the game for Cal BAptist. Horn came back to score twice within the final minute of the half to put the Falcons up 5-3 at the end of the first half.
Cal Baptist opened the scoring with a goal halfway into the third period. Jewett netted his third goal of the game only moments later to put the Falcons up 6-4. Baber expanded the lead a minute later, immediately followed by another Lancer goal from Kunac. Senior Lowell Wallace scored the final Air Force goal of the match late in the third. The Falcons held Cal Baptist in the fourth to pull of the 8-7 win over the Lancers. "The tournament was a tremendous success and we couldn't be more proud of our team," said Air Force head coach Jeff Ehrlich.
"We're now looking forward to our final regular season tournament at Loyola Marymount, November 8-10," said Ehrlich.
The Falcons take on #7 Loyola Marymount Saturday, November 9, at 10 a.m., followed by a game against Redlands Univ. at 1 p.m. Air Force travels to La Verne Sunday, November 10, to face La Verne at 10:30 a.m. and then to Claremont to play Claremont at 1:30 p.m.
"These are all Conference games and we need everyone who is an Air Force supporter to be present at these games," said Ehrlich.
The Falcons are currently 9-4 in conference play (Western Water Polo Association) and 11-10 overall. The WWPA Championships will be held in San Diego, CA, November 22-23. The winner of this tournament qualifies for the NCAA Championships at Loyola Marymount, December 7-8.
"This is our ultimate goal and we believe we can do it," said Ehrlich.
Saturday October 26
Time Game Results
9 a.m. Cal Baptist vs. George Washington 19-5 (Cal Baptist)
10:15 Air Force vs. UC Santa Cruz 16-7 (Air Force)
2 p.m. UC Davis vs. George Washington 6-4 (UC Davis)
3:30 p.m. Cal Baptist vs. UC Santa Cruz 16-9 (Cal Baptist)
6:45 p.m. Air Force vs. UC Davis 12-7 (Air Force)
Sunday, October 27
Time Game Results
8 a.m. UC Davis vs. UC Santa Cruz 13-8 (UC Davis)
9:15 a.m. Air Force vs. George Washington 12-7 (Air Force)
Noon Cal Baptist vs. UC Davis 9-5 (Cal Baptist)
1:15 p.m. UC Santa Cruz vs. George Washington 11-4 (UC Santa Cruz)
3 p.m. Air Force vs. Cal Baptist 8-7 (Air Force)