ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) goes into the archives of the United States Naval Academy water polo team for a classic as the Midshipmen defeated the Terriers of St. Francis College by a 9-8 score in sudden death overtime on September 3, 2011, at home in LeJeune Pool during the Navy Open.
Leading 4-1 after the first quarter, the No. 11-ranked St. Francis N.Y. scored twice within the first 1:10 of the second quarter to up its lead to 6-1. The Midshipmen closed the gap as Darren McKay and Stevie Ray each scored before the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to 6-3 at the half.
Scotty Snowden found the back of the net for Navy in the third quarter to make the score 6-4 before Connor Handley pulled Navy within one when he scored with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The two teams then traded goals as the Terriers lead, 7-6, with under one minute to play in the fourth. With just :07 remaining, Kyle Wertz beat St. Francis goalkeeper Igor Mladenovic to tie the game at seven. Trailing 8-7 in overtime, Wertz came through again for Navy as he retied the game at eight with 1:22 to play.
Paul Pedrotty sealed the Navy comeback when he scored on a penalty shot in sudden-death overtime to give Navy a 9-8 victory.
Navy goalkeeper Anthony Gutierrez made 10 stops, including nine in the second half, while Ray, Wertz and Pedrotty all finished with two goals for the Midshipmen.