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Men's Water Polo Splits Opening Matches of MAWPC-West Championships

Tanner Michaelis

ERIE, Pa. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team split its opening matches at the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-West Region Championships on Saturday at Gannon's David M. Hallman III Aquatics Center. The fifth-seeded Camels first lost to fourth-seeded Mercyhurst, 14-12, in the morning before rebounding to record a 17-8 victory over Monmouth later in the day.

Mercyhurst 14, Connecticut College 12

The first half against Mercyhurst was tightly contested with four ties and two lead changes. Connecticut College took a 3-2 lead when senior Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) found freshman Christian Jacobsen for his first of three markers with 2:56 on the clock in the first, but the Lakers responded by outscoring the Camels, 6-3, in the second.

Alex Cappuccio completed a hat trick with 35 seconds remaining in the second to make it 8-6, and the Lakers stayed hot in the third by continuing what would become a streak of four unanswered to begin pulling away. The Camels attempted to rally and ended the game on a 5-2 run, but the 11-6 deficit in the second half was too much to overcome.

Connecticut College was led by junior netminder Tanner Michaelis (Ramona, Calif.) and Freitas. Michaelis made 10 saves between the posts, while Freitas scored five goals and added an assist.

Connecticut College 17, Monmouth 8

Monmouth got off to a hot start in the later game and built up a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter by having three different players find the back of the net. Jared Hankinson capped the frame by adding his second marker with just one second left.

Despite the slow start, the Camels stormed back by outscoring their opponent, 16-3, over the final three frames. After going into recess deadlocked at 6-6 and finding itself tied, 7-7, in the middle of the third, Connecticut College rattled of 10 straight goals to break the game open. Freitas scored the first three goals in a span of 1:44, and Jacobsen closed out the scoring for the team with 26 seconds remaining.

Freitas scored six times to finish the day with an astounding 11 goals along with an assist to pace the Camels. Jacobsen tallied four goals, and Michaelis stopped 12 shots.

Connecticut College (5-10) will conclude tournament play tomorrow afternoon when it competes against Washington & Jefferson at noon.