Water polo breaks even in conference

Alexis Naucler | Staff Writer

Oct. 2, 2014

RCC Freshman drivers Brandt Restad and Chris Frazee put in eight goals to lead the Tigers to victory against Santa Ana, 17-9, at the Orange Empire Conference Sept. 24.

Restad had four assists, Frazee with two, and freshman goalie Jeremy Mariscal had nine saves.

RCC started of the first quarter with a 5-3 lead on Santa Ana, then 12-4 at halftime.

“In a small confined pool, the offense was able to open some shooting lanes and capitalize on the shooting opportunities,” said head coach Jason Northcott. “Brandt Restad showed solid leadership in the pool on both offense and defense.”

The Tigers were leading the second quarter 7-1, and according to Northcott “We feel we should’ve been able to sustain that the rest of the game but we ended up even splitting the second half of the game.”

“Anytime you get a win in a conference match, we’re happy with it, we always look at a season as a season of growth.”

The Tigers unfortunately lost their following game Sept. 26 to the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs, with a final score of 20-6.

“We could have sustained our perimeter defense a little better,” said Northcott. “LA Valley is one of the top teams in the state, they’re front-loaded with some of the best talent there is out there.”

Freshman center Trevor Tripp and freshman driver Mark Morin pulled together five goals for RCC and freshman goalie Jeremy Mariscal with nine saves.

“Trevor Tripp played very well at 2-meter offense,” said Northcott.

The Tigers trailed 5-2 in the first quarter then 7-5 halfway through the second, but lost three goals and ended up trailing 10-5 at halftime.

RCC was behind 10-0 in the third quarter.

“We played really well early versus one of the top teams in the state,” said Northcott. “Then we ran out of gas and allowed ourselves to get pushed around a bit by a team that has a lot more size than we do.”

RCC are 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Orange Empire Conference. The Tigers will compete in the RCC Tournament at 10 a.m. Oct. 10.