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Men's Water Polo Defeats Monmouth, 19-14, for First CWPA Win of the Season

Tim Beloborodov

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Playing shorthanded and without any substitutes available, the Connecticut College men's water polo team defeated Monmouth, 19-14, for its first CWPA victory of the season on Sunday morning at Washington & Jefferson.

The Scots got off to a fast start and held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 during the opening quarter. However, the Camels recovered by ending the first frame on a 4-1 run. Freshman Christian Jacobsen scored twice during the stretch to lead the comeback.

The teams headed into recess tied at 7-all and ended the third deadlocked at 12s, but Connecticut College dominated the fourth to clinch their first conference victory of the fall. Sophomore Mike Gertsik (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Sam Guy (Portland, Ore.) netted back-to-back markers to jumpstart the Camels and put them ahead for good.

Gertsik paced Connecticut College with a team-leading five goals, while senior Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) found the back of the net four times. For the second straight day, senior Tim Beloborodov (Moscow, Russia) took over goaltending duties and played out of position to play a key role in the win.

Connecticut College (2-5, CWPA 1-2) will next trek to California for the Gary Troyer Tournament next weekend. The Camels are slated to first face Occidental and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, Oct. 4.