SAN DIEGO, California, May 23. A year after falling to the Olympic Club in the Fisher Cup championship match the New York Athletic Club earned redemption with a 13-7 win over the Olympic Club earlier today at UC-San Diego. Behind three goals from John Mann and 10 saves from Merrill Moses the New York Athletic Club was able to shrug off an early deficit and rally to take a commanding victory. Peter Varellas led the scoring attack for the Olympic Club with two goals while Nick Ellis went the distance in net posting 8 saves.
The Olympic Club struck first as Varellas scored just under two minutes into the match for a 1-0 advantage. That was countered some 20 seconds later when Janson Wigo got New York on the board with a score and a 1-1 match. The two teams would trade goals over the next several minutes before Layne Beaubien would find the cage to put New York up 4-3 going to the second period.
In the second quarter the Olympic Club got even thanks to Brian Dudley hitting for a score and a 4-4 match at the 4:26 mark. Fast forward to 1:11 remaining in the period and again New York would go ahead this time on a score from Scott Davidson to make it a 5-4 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter saw NYAC build their lead. Up just one score they came looking for more and started with a score from Jesse Smith to go up 6-4 at the 6:29 mark. Then with 3:35 left in the period JW Krumpholz powered home a goal for a 7-4 lead, which was followed less than a minute later by Beaubien hitting again for an 8-4 advantage.
That was the score going to the fourth and the Olympic Club would look to rally with an early goal from Brian Alexander to cut the deficit to 8-5. That was short lived as NYAC then ran off four straight goals from the likes of Matt Sagehorn, Janson Wigo, and two straight from John Mann for a 12-5 lead. The Olympic Club got one back from Sage Wright at the 2:24 mark but it was too little too late at that point. New York went back inside to Mann who delivered his third of the period for a 13-6 lead. A late goal from Michael Sharf from on a penalty shot proved to not factor in the outcome and New York came out victorious 13-7.
In earlier action the USA Men's Junior National Team capped a solid showing at the tourney taking third place with a 9-7 win over Newport Water Polo Foundation. In fifth place Lamorinda Gold topped LA Water Polo 13-10 while UCLA took seventh place with an 11-9 win over Santa Barbara. In ninth place Trojan downed Lamorinda Blue 12-10 and Stanford took 11th place with a 10-8 victory over Newport Water Polo Foundation "B." 13th place went to the Sharks with an 18-10 win over Tigers and host UC-San Diego took 15th place with a 10-8 win over Long Beach. For full tournament results click here.
1. New York Athletic Club
2. Olympic Club
3. Men's Junior National Team
4. Newport Water Polo Foundation A
5. Lamorinda Gold
6. LA Water Polo
8. Santa Barbara
10. Lamorinda Blue
12. Newport Water Polo Foundation B
16. Long Beach
Championship Game Scoring
New York Athletic Club 13 (4, 1, 3, 5) J. Mann 3, L. Beaubien 2, B. Hohl 2, J. Wigo 2, M. Sagehorn 1, J. Krumpholz 1, S. Davidson 1, J. Smith 1
Olympic Club 7 (3, 1, 0, 2) P. Varellas 2, M. Sharf 1, S. Wright 1, S. Warden 1, B. Alexander 1, B. Dudley 1
Saves – NYAC – M. Moses 10, A. Stevens 2 – Olympic Club – N. Ellis 8
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