PRINCETON, N.J.--The Connecticut College men's water polo team opened the season by playing three matches against Division I opposition in the Princeton University Invitational.
The Camels dropped a 16-5 decision to Wagner in their season opener. The Camels fell to Santa Clara, 14-3, before wrapping up the weekend with a 25-7 loss to 17th ranked Cal Baptist, 25-7.
Senior All-American Carlos Heros (Miami, Fla.) was a welcome return to the line-up for Head Coach Matt Anderson's Camels. Heros had three goals, two steals and five earned ejections in his first match in 21 months. Aidan Kelso (Washington, D.C.) chipped in with a goal for the Camels. Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) netted a goal in his collegiate debut. Junior Matthew Wagman (Needham, Mass.) made eight saves in his first collegiate start in the cage.
"We went 1-15 on the power play and that will not even a win a game versus ourselves," Coach Anderson said. "Being short five players didn't help, but for our first game we had some things look better than during practice and also found things that we will need to go back and work on. Carlos had a strong game after shaking off the rust of 21 months of no games. Freitas and Sean King (La Canada, Calif.) got major minutes in their first collegiate game and that will pay dividends down the road."
In the match against the Broncos of Santa Clara. King had two goals and two earned ejection in an impressive outing. Sophomore Jake Smith (Baltimore, Md.) had two steals with one assist.
Heros erupted with four goals, three steals and three earned ejections for the Camels against Cal Baptist. Smith sandwiched a goal around a pair of steals while King contributed with two assists and three steals. Wagman made three saves in the cage.