Men’s Water Polo Faces Tough Tests

By Jason Carrey

The Falcons faced the Marauders on Wednesday night in a non-league matchup. Jesuit opened the scoring early and led the game with a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jesuit didn’t look back from there, as they took a commanding 7-0 halftime lead, and eventually won the game 12-3. The Falcons had goals from Jason Carrey (’18), Sam Trujillo (’18), and Stephen Smith (’18).

The Falcons looked to bounce back over the weekend with the Chuck McCollum Invitational tournament in Loomis and Rocklin. CB faced the Ripon High Indians in their first game on Friday. With the Indians being a Division III section opponent that the Falcons will likely face again during the end of season playoffs, this was a pivotal game for CB and their season. The Falcons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Ripon stormed right back and tied the game at halftime with a score of 3-3.  The Falcons started out the second half strong and took a 6-5 lead into the fourth quarter. The Falcons never looked back from there, as CB swam to a commanding 9-6 win over their section rival. The Falcons were lead in scoring by Jason Carrey (’18) with 3 goals, and Nick Piper (’19) with a pair of goals.

The Falcons faced Northgate High School in their second game of the tournament. Northgate started out strong, taking a commanding 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Throughout the remainder of the game, the Falcons fought hard and the score was back and forth. Entering the fourth quarter, the score was 8-6 with Northgate ahead. The fourth quarter was physical and entertaining, but Northgate eventually prevailed with a 10-8 victory of the Falcons. CB was lead in scoring by Nick Piper (’19), Sam Noonan (’20), and Luke Sorensen (’19).

CB faced Bishop O’ Dowd from Oakland in their third game of the tournament on Friday. O’Dowd started the scoring off early, scoring three straight goals to open the game. And once again, the Falcons opened the game up off to a slow start and found themselves in a 4-0 hole at the end of the first quarter. However, CB battled back and after a couple of spectacular goals by Nick Piper (’19), the Falcons only trailed 5-3 at the halftime break. O’Dowd dominated the third quarter and took a 9-5 lead into the fourth quarter. The Falcons got an early fourth quarter goal from Luke Sorensen (’19), and they began their comeback. With four minutes remaining in the game, CB trailed 10-7. Jason Carrey (’18) then took over the game and scored a couple of goals to bring the score to 10-9. O’Dowd answered with another goal, but Carrey responded with two more goals to tie the game at 11-11 with 18 seconds remaining. O’Dowd couldn’t score in the last few seconds of the game so overtime was needed. In the first sudden death overtime, Carrey missed plenty of shots but a stellar Falcon defense kept the game locked up at 11-11. In the second sudden death overtime, O’Dowd scored on their opening possession to win the game in dramatic fashion over the Falcons by a score of 12-11. CB ended Friday with a 1-2 record and a couple of demoralizing losses during the day.

The Falcons played Benicia in their first game on Saturday. CB started out strong with an early goal by Nick Piper (’19) and took a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sam Noonan (’20) scored three goals for the Falcons to give them an 8-5 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Benicia stormed back and took the lead over the Falcons by a score of 9-8. CB came back and tied the game 10-10 with only 30 seconds to play. Benicia couldn’t score on the last possession of the game, so the Falcons were headed to overtime yet again. Benicia started off with the ball and couldn’t score on the first possession of overtime. The Falcons swam down the pool and got the ball to Jason Carrey (’18), and he put the game away with a huge goal to give the Falcons an 11-10 win over a solid Benicia squad.

The Falcons took on the Sonora Wildcats in their last game of the tournament on Saturday. Sonora, who CB beat in the section title game last year, previously beat the Falcons 6-4 earlier in the season. The Falcons started out strong, with early goals from Nick Piper (’19) and Jason Carrey (’18). Sonora responded and tied the score at halftime by a score of 3-3. The game remained close the rest of the way, but things changed with under a minute to play. The Falcons took possession of the ball with under 30 seconds to play. They passed the ball around the perimeter to find an open shot. Finally, Junior Luke Sorensen (’19), had a look at the goal with 20 seconds to play and he didn’t hesitate. Sorensen fired the ball right past the goal and into the back of the net to give the Falcons a 5-4 victory over the Sonora Wildcats. The Falcons finished the weekend with a 3-2 record with victories over tough teams. CB looks to improve on their success from this past weekend. Next up, they travel to Stockton to take on Lincoln.