IRVINE, California, July 23. THE women of the New York Athletic Club and the men of the Newport Water Polo Foundation took home Gold at the 2012 US Open of Water Polo. The finals held at the William Woollett Aquatics Center saw Newport top Bruin 11-4 and NYAC defeat Diablo 8-7. In the Bronze Medal matches the men of NYAC A took third with a win over Olympic Club 11-10. On the women's side Cal topped SOCAL Black 6-5. Lolo Silver of NYAC and Genai Kerr of Newport were named tournament MVP.
In the men's final, Newport led early and often as they opened up a 2-0 lead after one and then led 5-1 at halftime. In the third Newport continued to expand, taking a 10-2 lead after three periods. In the fourth, Bruin rallied with two goals, but it was too little too late as Newport claimed the 11-4 win. Kerr, in his MVP outing, posted 11 saves while Greg Enloe and Omar Amr combined for seven goals to power the offense.
In the women's final, it was a close game throughout with Diablo starting off strong. Diablo took a 1-0 lead after the first and led 3-2 at halftime. In the third, NYAC got things going on offense as they fired in five goals to grab a 7-6 lead after three periods. In the fourth both defenses again were strong as each team could only muster one goal. That was enough for NYAC to hang on for the win, 8-7. Silver, the MVP tallied two goals while Tanya Gandy was a force on the offensive end, scoring four times. Cassie Wyckoff did the job in net, going all four quarters for NYAC in the win.
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