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Men’s Water Polo Drops First Two Matches at Gary Troyer Tournament

Jake Smith

CLAREMONT, CALIF. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team dropped both of its matches on the opening day of the Gary Troyer Tournament, which is being hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps over the weekend. The Camels first fell to La Verne by a 16-9 decision before dropping a 7-4 decision to Caltech.

La Verne 16, Connecticut College 9

Connecticut College and La Verne exchanged goals at the beginning before the Leopards began breaking away by finding the back of the net two more times in a span of 34 seconds to take a 3-1 lead in the opening quarter. La Verne then answered a Camel marker which came off the hands of freshman John Krill (Stamford, Conn.) by netting three straight goals through the start of the second period. The Leopards then outscored the Camels by a 5-1 margin to come away with the nine-goal win.

Rahul Gill (Bethesda, Md.) netted a hat trick to lead the way for the Camels offensively. Sophomore Tanner Michaelis (Ramona, Calif.) made five saves between the posts.

Caltech 7, Connecticut College 4

The Camels found themselves in a defensive battle later in the day. Caltech netted the only marker of the opening period on an Alex Wang marker with 2:14 left, and the Beavers got two more tallies in the second to add to a lead they would never relinquish. Connecticut College tied the match at 4-4 with 3:26 remaining in the third on a strike by freshman Mike Gertsik (Brooklyn, N.Y.), but the Beavers ended the game with three unanswered goals to earn the victory.

In addition to netting a goal, Gertsik registered four steals to pace the Camels in defeat. Michaelis turned away two shots, while junior Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) netted two goals.

Connecticut College (2-9) will close out tournament play when it faces Whittier and Occidental tomorrow afternoon.