By Jason Carrey
On Tuesday, the CB Men’s Water Polo Team traveled to Mountain View as the 8th seeded Falcons were set to take on one of the top teams in Northern California in the 1st seeded Lancers of Saint Francis High School. The Falcons arrived at St. Francis HS and were in awe at the beautiful sports facilities and perfect campus. The Lancer water polo team, to go along with their exceptional aquatic center, was one of the best teams the Falcons would ever face in the pool. A loss would mean CB would be eliminated from the Northern California Division II Regional Tournament and their season would finally be over for good. The boys had a goal to make this potentially last game fun and one to remember.
The game started with the Lancers winning the opening sprint and scoring a goal 17 seconds later, as they took a 1-0 lead 20 seconds into the game. CB followed with a turnover, and the Lancers countered the Falcons with another goal to make it 2-0 only a minute into the game. The Falcons, however, did not get down on themselves, and they continued to play hard and give it their all. As the second quarter began, Nick Piper ’19 drew a 5 meter penalty right in front of the Lancers goal. Sam Noonan ’20 stepped up to take the 5 meter penalty shot, and he put it straight in the back of the net to get the Falcons on the board.
The Lancers continued to force the Falcons into tough situations as their physical style of play was one like no other the Falcons had ever seen before. Halftime finally came and it saw the Lancers leading CB 11-1 at the break. The Falcons came out strong in the third quarter, as they made some defensive changes. Goalie Luc Versperien ’19 hopped out of the goal and played in the field for the remainder of the game, and Colin Quinn ’19 played goalie for the rest of the game.
The Lancers scored a couple of goals to open the 3rd quarter, but the Falcons responded. Noonan surprisingly left his man and took off down the pool. The Lancers were confused and didn’t know what to do, so they dropped the ball and proceeded to swim after the wide-open Noonan. However, the Lancers couldn’t catch up to the sophomore, as he received a pass from Luke Sorensen ’19 and put his shot into the back of the net to make it 15-2 Lancers.
The game dragged on into the 4th quarter and the Lancers continued to score. With 55 seconds left, Luc Versperien made a nice pass to Jason Carrey ’18, who whipped around and backhanded a perfect shot past the Lancer goalie to make it 19-3 Lancers. The clock ran out and the horn sounded as the Falcons best water polo season ever had come to an end. The Lancers dominated all game long in their 19-3 victory over CB, but the Falcons toughness and willingness to always play hard and never give up stood out in their final game.
A dream season that saw CB win another section banner was finally over and done for good. Seniors Carrey, Stephen Smith ’18, Nick Smith ’18, Sam Trujillo ’18, Zach Byrne ’18, Andy Chen ’18, Mark Powers ’18, and Jeremiah Thetford ’18 had played their last game of water polo ever. It was a good run for the Falcons, and they will definitely be back in next year’s section title game, as they return many starters and have a good crop of underclassmen ready to contribute on the varsity team. The Falcons finished the season with a 19-12 record, a 2nd place finish in the CAL, and a section title.