By Mark Powers
On Tuesday afternoon, the Christian Brothers water polo team hopped on a bus and headed south on I-5 to Stockton to face off against the Lincoln Trojans. The boys, fresh off a 13th place showing out of 68 teams at the Chuck McCollum Invitational last weekend, got off to a fast start with a first quarter man up goal from Jason Carrey (’18). Lincoln responded with two goals to take the lead at the end of the first. Nick Piper (’19) gained position at center in the second quarter and took advantage, finding the back of the net to knot the score at 2-2 at the halftime break.
On the first offensive possession for be Falcons of the second half, Sam Noonan (’20) beat the defense down the pool and scored a beautiful lob shot right over the goalies head to put the Falcons ahead 3-2. Sharp shooter Carrey was ejected midway through the 3rd after a physical encounter with a Trojan defender. Luke Sorensen (’19) made up for the lost goal scoring prowess with an insurance goal at the end of the period. The Falcons headed to the final quarter with a two goal lead but let that lead diminish to a one goal lead with 4 minutes to play. The Falcons, however, managed to escape with a 4-3 win as the Trojans’ last ditch shot hit the post and skittered away as the final second ticked off the clock and the horn sounded. Owen Clark (’19) was instrumental in the win, drawing 4 penalties on Trojan defenders throughout the game. The win puts the boys’ record at 6-5 as they look forward to the CCC Invitational this weekend at Woodcreek High School. The team continues to improve as a tough league slate looms in the coming weeks.