Victory for Varsity Waterpolo...
A tussle with Choate's Wild Boars is always an engaging contest, as the two teams have traded victories over the past ten years. This year's engagement, played in the Tiger tank, proved to be no exception.
Suffield had hoped to bring to bear a hard working, controlled offense, and a lockdown defense to challenge the Blue, but met with mixed success in the first half. Jumping out to a 3-1 Q1 lead was promising, but Choate came back strong in Q2, outscoring the Orange, 5-3, to even the score at halftime, 6-6. Suffield's offense gained a lot of confidence in the third quarter, on the strength of much improved shooting by Max Miranda, Melvin Ku, and Max Bass. But the Tigers only held a 3-goal lead going into Q4, not a large advantage in water polo. Showing even more opportunism and better defensive positioning in the final period, Suffield's polomen built a 4-goal lead that they maintained, trading goals with Choate right up to the final buzzer. Some fine play was seen from CIan Beaulieu, Ryan Lunsford, Elias Smith, and Walter Kress. Netmninder Jordan Slade found his stride by mid game. While the Tigers at times still seem more green than orange, this game and the ones that preceded it, have begun to guide the inexperienced team toward more resourceful play.
Miranda (8), Bass (5), Ku (3), Cian Beaulieu (2), and Kress (1) netted goals for the Orange. Goalkeeper Slade played a fine overall game in the shallow and deep ends, recording 8 saves.
Current record: 2-1
Next contest: Wednesday, September 27 at Deerfield Academy