WASHINGTON, Pa. — Playing shorthanded and without any substitutes available, the Connecticut College men’s water polo team defeated Monmouth College, 19-14, at Washington & Jefferson College’s Henry Natatorium for the squad’s first Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-West Region victory of the season.
The Fighting Scots got off to a fast start and held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 during the opening quarter. However, the Camels recovered by ending the first frame on a 4-1 run. Freshman Christian Jacobsen scored twice during the stretch to lead the comeback.
The teams headed into halftime tied at seven-all and ended the third quarter deadlocked at 12-all, but Connecticut College dominated the fourth quarter to clinch their first conference victory of the fall. Sophomore Mike Gertsik (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Sam Guy (Portland, Ore.) netted back-to-back markers to jumpstart the Camels and put them ahead for good.
Gertsik paced Connecticut College with a team-leading five goals, while senior Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) found the back of the net four times. For the second straight day, senior Tim Beloborodov (Moscow, Russia) took over goaltending duties and played out of position to play a key role in the win.
Release courtesy Connecticut College Athletics Communications