By Tommy Fellner //
The Acalanes Mens Waterpolo team (11-7) defeated DFAL rival Miramonte 12-4 this Wednesday night to snap a six game losing streak. Led by senior captain Brendan Supple’s four goals and senior Patrick Worthing’s 13 saves, the Dons got a huge win over the Matadors.
The Dons got off to a great 10-1 start in the 2015 season, but then proceeded to lose the next six games as well as their chances at winning the league title. Miramonte was undefeated in league play coming into this game.
Both teams came out with intensity in the first quarter but it was the Dons that struck first. Supple netted a shot off of a counter play. Acalanes held the Matadors on defense and junior Brad Robison backed up Supple’s goal with a bar down shot right above the goalie’s head.
Miramonte then answered to make the score 2-1. The Dons then got an exclusion off of a counter play. With this man up opportunity Acalanes worked the ball around the perimeter and senior captain Tommy Fellner found fellow senior Evan Wentzel on the goalpost for a goal to give Acalanes a 3-1 lead to end the first quarter.
In the second, both defenses dominated the game. Senior captain Jack Winther scored on a power play to put Acalanes up 4-1. Miramonte then scored on a power play of their own to make it 4-2 at the half.
The third quarter the Dons’ began to dominate the game. Supple started off the second half with another counter goal to make it 5-2. Miramonte then drew a 5 meter penalty shot and converted to close the gap to two.
Supple scored his third goal of the game to put the Dons up 6-3 and then junior Casey Conrad finished his shot out of set to go up 7-3. Miramonte ended the Dons’ run with a goal but Winther put away another shot to end the quarter up 8-4.
The fourth quarter was all Acalanes’ offense. Senior Gordon Kerns scored a skip shot to make it 9-4 and it was basically over from then on. Fellner, Supple and Kerns scored the final three goals and ensured the Dons’ 12-4 win.
Although the Dons are unable to win league, this will help their seeding for the NCS playoffs. Acalanes competes in the North South tournament at Sacred Heart this weekend.