SALEM, W. Va. --The Connecticut College men's water polo team defeated rival Washington and Jefferson College for the first time since 2013 today. The final score was 13-12. The game hosted by Salem International University was played in a shallow deep pool, which is what W & J uses, while the Camels have an all deep pool.
The teams traded goals in the first period until W & J scored with no time on the clock to take a 5-3 lead after the first period. Junior All-American Stephan Cress (Rockford, Mich.), Henry McMillan (New York, N.Y.) and Carlos Heros (Miami, Fla.) scored in the first for the Camels.
Sophomore Jake Smith (Baltimore, Md.) manned the shallow cage in the second period and only gave up one goal with Cress getting his second of the day to make it 6-5 headed into half-time.
The Camels tied it up early in the third on a power play goal by junior Dylan Pinckert (Long Beach, Calif.). W&J though took a two goal lead with four minutes left in the third. In the final two minutes starting with a goal by Pinckert, the Camels also converted on a couple power plays with Chase Lesniak (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Heros connecting to give the team a 10-9 lead entering the fourth quarter.
After a quick ejection allowed W & J to tie the game at ten in the opening minute of the fourth, the Camels were successful after two timeouts taken by Coach Anderson when Heros scored consecutive goals to give the Camels a two goal lead. The Presidents of W&J scored with 25 seconds left to make it 13-12 and the Camels were able to hold on for the one goal victory.
The Camels are 1-0 in Mid-Atlantic Conference play and will take on Division II Gannon University in their second match of the day in the Mountain State.