The Loyola water polo team started off the season with an amazing 10-1 record, pushing it to 11-1 after a blowout victory over the St. Francis Knights on Friday, Sept. 27. The Cubs got off to an electrifying start, finishing the first quarter up 5 to 1. Sophomore Christopher Wazzan recorded two beautiful steals within one minute of each other during the quarter. The second quarter proved to be even more productive for the Cubs, as they entered halftime up 11 to 1. Sophomore David Morales was very productive, scoring off a pass from Junior Robert Varley. David then turned around and stole the ball during the next possession.
During the fourth quarter, the Cubs slowed down production in order to let some younger players shine, such as Sophomores Owen Reilly and Charlie Majcher, and Freshman Nolan Roberts. The Cubs finished strong, beating the Knights 18 to 3.
The Cubs have been placing a strong emphasis on defense this season. Goalie coach Stefan Menghin said, “We’re always trying to improve all of our aspects of the game, but our main focus right now is working on feeding balls into set more, stealing the ball, and helping the defense out.”
Many younger players look up to the varsity team. “I look to them for the mentality they have going into games,” said Freshman Adam Yost, a member of the JV water polo team. “They are some of the greatest water polo players in California and in the country, so by doing what they do and practicing like them, I hope to become a better player.”