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September 23, 2009 > Irvington and MSJ medal in water polo tourney

Irvington and MSJ medal in water polo tourney

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, was the boys turn to hit the water in the eight-team Newark Memorial High School annual water polo tournament, just as the girls did the previous week. Local teams participating were American, Irvington and Mission San Jose of Fremont plus host Newark Memorial.

Friday's round determined which winners would move on to the championship bracket on Saturday while the losers were placed in the consolation bracket. Irvington and Mission both won on Friday and American and Newark each lost.

Game 1 on Friday saw Irvington defeat Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, 21-4. Leading scorers for the Vikings were Kekoa Wu, Van McElroy and Kieran Hassett, 3 each, and Jeff Pietkiewicz, Michael Avino, Michael Muldoon, Jake Funk and Alex Makk, all with 2 goals. Andrew Clark and Nathan Zucker had one apiece. Goalies Makk saved seven O'Dowd shots on goal and Sanders Aspelund, 4 for Irvington.

A nail biter saw Mission beat Granada of Livermore, 7-6, in Game 2. Trey Howell scored three times for the Warriors and Anson Fan and David Westeroff, two each. Dillion Chang saved 10 Granada goal shorts for MSJ.

Livermore defeated American, 21-6, in Game 3. For American, Zachary Lewellyn and TJ Landavazo each scored twice while Lu and Brian Chiu both scored a goal. Accarizzi had 10 saves for the Eagles.

Fourth and final game on Friday was another blowout as host Newark lost 18-6 to Liberty of Brentwood. Jaimie DeVargas of the losing Cougars scored four of the six goals; Sean Tillman and Sam Haber had one each. Kyle Davis saved 10 shots for the host team.

In the morning games on Saturday, day two, the teams played for placement in the finals Saturday afternoon. American took on NM in one morning game while Irvington and MSJ faced off in another.

American beat NM, 11-3, to move on the fifth place game while the Cougars would play for seventh place. Top scorers for the Eagles were Lewellyn, Chiu, Landavazo and Kenny Wong, 2 apiece. For Newark, Tillman, DeVargas and Domenic Longarini all scored 1 goal.

Next game of the morning session saw Irvington defeat Mission, 11-5, to send the Vikings into the afternoon championship game and the Warriors to the third place game. Scoring for Irvington were Hassett and Clark, 3, Muldoon and Kekoa Wu, 2, and Avino 1. All 5 of MSJ's goals were scored by Westeroff.

Seventh place game Saturday afternoon had O'Dowd defeating the hosts, 14-10. Aaron Yang scored 1 of the Vikings goals. In the fifth place game, Granada beat American, 9-7. Patrick Youkhahen had a goal for the Eagles. Another close match-up saw MSJ win over Liberty, 8-7, to finish third in the tournament. Grant Huang scored 2 of the Warriors goals and Balint Forgo, 1.

Championship game had Irvington taking on Livermore. Score at the end of the first quarter was 2-2, and at halftime it was 5-4 Irvington. There was no scoring in the third quarter, but the offenses got back on track in the fourth. Livermore out-scored the Vikings, 3-2, in the final quarter to send the game into sudden death overtime, the only one of the tournament.

It took a penalty shot in overtime from the 5 meter spot to give the championship to Livermore, 8-7.

Tournament Director and NM varsity girl's water polo coach, Gordon Crosby, contributed most of the statistics to this article.

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