Water Polo Season Review
Dec. 13, 2002
The Air Force water polo team finished its season with a 9-6 win over BYU-Hawaii for the third place spot at the Western Water Polo Association Championships hosted by UC San Diego, Nov. 22-23. The Falcons ended their season 14-6 in the WWPA and 16-12 overall.
Air Force began its season with a rocky start, dropping its first two matches of the season to BYU-Hawaii and USC in its first weekend of action at the UC San Diego Triton Tournament. The Falcons rebounded the next day and defeated Whittier, 13-6, and Santa Clara, 15-3. Air Force traveled to Princeton, NJ the following weekend only to be edged by Iona and Queens in the first day of competition, 12-10 and 10-8. The Falcons were edged by the USMMA, 11-10, during their second day and dropped their match to Princeton, 11-6. Air Force took on UC Davis in its third weekend of action at the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest for its third win of the season, 8-6. The Falcons fell to UC San Diego, 9-2, and then defeated Pomona Pitzer for their second win on the weekend. Air Force finished the second day at the Slugfest with a pair of wins over Santa Clara, 13-1, and tournament hosts UC Santa Cruz, 13-8. The Falcons dropped its first three matches at the Nor. Cal. Tournament hosted by UC Berkeley, losing to UC Irvine, 13-4, UC San Diego, 11-6, and UC Davis, 7-6. Air Force downed UC Santa Cruz the following day, 8-7 in overtime.
The Falcons returned to action when they hosted UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, George Washington Univ. and Cal Baptist in the "East Meets West" tournament, Oct. 26-27, in the Cadet Gymnasium's Natatorium. Senior Charles Horn scored 17 goals to help the Falcons to a 4-0 for the weekend. Air Force 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.
The Falcons finished 3-1 in their final weekend of play before the WWPA Championships, Nov. 9-10. Air Force lost its first match of the weekend to Loyola Marymount, 10-7. The Falcons came back to defeat Redlands, 13-7, La Verne, 9-5, and Claremont, 11-6.