NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team split a pair of matches against CWPA opponents on Saturday at Lott Natatorium. The Camels fell to Salem University by a 16-8 score in the morning before regrouping to defeat Washington & Jefferson, 19-11, to close out the evening.
Salem 16, Connecticut College 8
The first quarter was close at the beginning, as Camel freshman Christian Jacobsen opened the scoring at the 6:08 mark before Petar Leontijevic knotted the score just over a minute later. Despite falling behind by three goals, the hosts got back-to-back strikes from sophomore Mike Gertsik (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to end the frame down by only a 5-4 score.
Salem, however, utilized its depth to pull away by outscoring the Camels, 4-1, in the second frame and never trailed. Milos Popovic, who finished with four goals and three assists, netted a pair of goals in the stanza to begin putting the game out of reach. The Tigers capped the game by scoring seven times in the fourth quarter to eventually win by an eight-goal margin.
Gertsik tallied a hat trick and Jacobsen scored twice to lead the Camel offense, while junior goalie Tanner Michaelis (Ramona, Calif.) made 12 saves between the posts.
Connecticut College 19, Washington & Jefferson 11
After recognizing its four-member senior class during a pregame ceremony, the Camels responded with their third victory of the season in which they led from wire-to-wire. Senior Arturo Freiatas (Weston, Fla.) netted the first two goals of the game to set the tone for what would be a heated and intense matchup between the two rivals.
Washington & Jefferson tied the score twice at 4-4 and 5-5, but the Camels never relinquished the lead. Senior Sean King (La Canada, California) jumpstarted a 3-0 run during the midway point of the second frame, and the Camels most notably outscored their opponent by a 6-2 margin in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Gertsik headlined the offensive attack by scoring six times, which included converting multiple penalty shots. Freitas and King added three goals apiece.
Connecticut College (3-6, CWPA 2-3) will wrap up weekend play when it hosts McKendree University tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m.