No. 14 Air Force Heads to WWPA Championship
Nov. 18, 2009
This weekend, the 14th-ranked Air Force water polo team will seek its first conference title since 1994, as it heads to Orange, Calif., for the Western Water Polo Association Championship, Nov. 20-22. The Falcons, seeded second in this weekend's tournament, will face seventh-seed Whittier in the first game of the championship, slated for 10:00 a.m. (PT) on Friday.
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Last Year at the WWPA's...
Meanwhile, Air Force stayed true to its seed, finishing sixth in the tournament. After a close loss to third-seed UC Davis in the opening round, the Falcons rebounded with wins over Chapman and Claremont. However, Air Force ended its season with a 12-10 overtime loss to Redlands in the fifth-place game.
Last Time Out...
Air Force closed out its regular season Nov. 6-7 with a 3-1 record against WWPA opponents, defeating Chapman, La Verne and Claremont, while falling to then-sixth-ranked Loyola Marymount.
Junior Bobby Geiger was the Falcons' leading goal scorer on the weekend with nine goals, while senior Jack Hines added six goals and five assists over the four games.
Scouting the Falcons...
Junior Bobby Geiger is the Falcons' leading scorer with 84 total points on the season, including a team-high 66 goals, while senior Alex Churnside ranks second on the team in total points (74) with a team-best 46 assists on the year. In addition, senior Jack Hines and freshman Cruz Smithson are tied for second on the team in goals (39) and third in points (56).
Scouting the Lions...
LMU is coached by John Loughran, in his 13th season at the helm of the Lions' program. Junior goalkeeper Andy Stevens, who has recorded 252 saves on the season, was named the WWPA Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Meanwhile, Edgaras Asajavicius is LMU's leading scorer with 40 goals on the year.
Scouting the Tritons...
UCSD is coached by Denny Harper, in his 30th season at the helm of the program. Freshman Steven Donohoe is the leading scorer for the Tritons with 57 goals on the season, while sophomore goalkeeper David Morton ranks third in the nation with 267 saves on the year.
Scouting the Broncos...
Santa Clara is coached by Keith Wilbur, in his eighth season at the helm of the program. Junior Nick Poggetti has tallied a team-best 56 goals on the season, followed by senior Jack Wall with 55 goals.
Scouting the Aggies...
UC Davis is coached by Steve Doten, in his ninth season at the helm of the program. Cory Lyle and Jim Breen are tied for the team lead in goals scored with 24 each. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Kevin Peat has registered 208 saves on the season.
Scouting the Bulldogs...
The Bulldogs are coached by Tom Whittemore, now in his 22nd season leading the program. Senior Erik Grosshans is the team's leading scorer, with 56 goals on the year, while Ryan Floersch, a first-team all-conference pick, finished the regular season with 48 goals and 35 assists.
Scouting the Poets...
Whittier is coached by Justin Pudwill, in his third season at the helm of the program. Senior Alex Perry leads the team with 68 goals on the season, while senior goalkeeper Casey Regehr leads the nation with 414 saves on the year.
Scouting the Panthers...
The Panthers are coached by Eric Ploessel, in his third year at the helm of the program. Senior Alex Mule leads the team and the nation in scoring with 96 goals on the season.
Ehrlich, in his 11th season at the helm of the Falcons' program, helped lead Air Force to a 17-12 overall record, including a 10-4 mark in the WWPA. With his guidance, the Falcons pulled off a few big wins, including a victory over 10th-ranked UC San Diego in the opening weekend of the season, as well as the Falcons' first win over Pacific since 1995.
Meanwhile, Smithson had an impressive rookie campaign for the Falcons, finishing the season with 39 goals and 17 assists. His 39 goals were tied for second-most on the team, while his 56-point output was tied for third-highest on the squad.
In the Record Books...
Junior Bobby Geiger now ranks 17th on the Falcons' all-time scoring list with 186 career points (136g, 50a), while senior Jack Hines moved into the Academy's top-25 scoring list and is currently 24th in the Falcons' record books with 169 career points (113g, 56a).
Senior goalkeeper David Ostrom has made his mark on the Academy record books as well, currently ranking third all-time in career saves with 648.
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