Slow start sinks Knights

The men’s water polo team faced tough competition this past weekend after traveling to Annapolis to play in the U.S. Naval Academy Tournament, dropping games to 15th ranked Navy, 19th ranked Bucknell, MAB and Diablo Valley.

After giving up early goals in all of their matches, the Knights were never able to regain the momentum or the lead. In its final match, Gannon outscored Diablo Valley in both the third and fourth quarters but could not overcome the deficit and lost by a score of 13-6. Senior Phil Myrick said that digging an early hole seemed to be a recurring theme that plagued the team throughout the tournament.

“We just lacked awareness in the first half of the games and by the time we figured out what we needed to do, the clock ran out,” he said.

Leading goal scorers on the weekend for the Knights were junior Daisuke Takagi with nine and freshman Max Herath with four. Last season, Takagi was third on the team in scoring and was selected to the Division II Eastern Championship All-Tournament team.

Neal Zoellick returned as starting goalkeeper for the Knights and posted over 20 blocks, stemming the barrage of offense they withstood from their opponents throughout the tournament.

The team will look to turn things around Friday in its first conference match of the season at Mercyhurst, and on Saturday and Sunday in its first home matches of the season against Notre Dame College, Penn State Behrend and Washington & Jefferson.

CHRISTINE PEFFER

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