On Saturday, September 6, Men’s water polo began the season at the Navy Open.
The tournament consisted of four games. On Saturday, during their first game, the Lakers struggled offensively in the first half, but ended strong with a three-point fourth quarter. Four of the Lakers scored one point during the match, and Joe Yamamoto scored two points. Kevin Doyle had six saves in the first half, and Gene Bilbao made five in the second.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to defeat the United States Naval Academy, who beat Mercyhurst with a score of 14-6. Later that day, Mercyhurst faced Fordham University. and were defeated by a score of 6-9.
They had another great fourth-quarter, scoring two goals. Dave Matulis led the team with three points. Bilbao and Doyle made six and seven saves, respectively. Shaquille Mitchell and Jack Howe scored one point in each game. Team captain, Gavin Oakley, also proved to be an asset to the team by scoring once in both games.
During the final day of the Navy Open, the Lakers faced Mt. San Antonio College and Cerritos College. The highlight of this tournament was their first match on Sunday.
They were victorious against Mt. San Antonio, dominating the Mounties 20-7.
Mercyhurst has a wide range of experience. Kevin Doyle, freshman, was chosen MVP of the MIAA in 2013. His teammate, Bilbao, is also a freshman who was named All-State for his last two years of high school. There are also a number of returning members, including defenseman, Oakley.
Several of the boys will be taking on new positions this year. Jack Howe, Alex Strong and Samuel Lopez will be filling the driver spot this season. The Lakers are headed in the right direction and are hoping for another amazing season. The team’s next appearance will be at the Bucknell Invitational beginning September 13.