No. 12 men’s water polo falls short on Senior Day

Jaylen Amaker, Staff Writer

The men’s water polo team entered the regular season finale on Nov. 1 against No. 9 Princeton on a tear but came up just short, falling 10-8. This was the Bison’s first game in Kinney Natatorium in two weeks, and seniors Keegan Williams ’15 and Ken Wattana ’15 were honored.

The Bison entered the game right after their dominating California road trip last weekend where they finished 5-0, with four of those wins coming against nationally-ranked teams.

This time, the Orange and Blue were led by Grant Curry’s ’18 three goals and Sean Daley’s ’17 two goals and one assist. The Bison had an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter but would not lead the game after that point. The Bison fell behind 4-2 in the second quarter, but a goal by Curry with 5:38 left in the half put the Bison within striking distance.

Princeton pulled away from there, and the Bison got no closer than two goals for the remainder of the game. The Tigers improved to 18-3 overall and 7-1 in CWPA play.

“It hurts to lose, especially against such a beatable team, but all that matters in the end is winning Southern and Eastern Championships. The loss yesterday may be the push that gives us the drive to win it all,” Nick Hale ’16 said.

The Bison finish the regular season 12-7 overall and 4-4 in CWPA play. As the Bison await seeding, they will begin preparing for the Southern Championships, hosted by Princeton. The Southern Championships will take place Nov. 7-9.

“We tried our hardest, but the odds were not in our favor. That is in the past, and we have to shake off that loss quickly. I will tell you this, there is no place I would rather be on than on this team right here, and no other guys I would rather have as teammates. We will bounce back and play well this upcoming weekend,” Wattana said.

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