Water Polo Team Advances to PIAA State Tournament
The 4th seed Explorers will play against the #5 Wilson Bulldogs on Friday, November 4th, at 7pm at North Penn HS.
The La Salle College High School Water Polo Team competed in the Eastern Conference Championships at Upper Dublin High School the weekend of October 22nd.
Going into the tournament, the Explorers were ranked #2 behind #1 North Penn. Since La Salle was the 2nd seed, they were granted a "bye round" for the first set of games. Going into the second round, La Salle's first game was against the #3 team Pennridge. The Explorers began the game trailing 4-0 at the end of the first quarter. After the second, the Explorers came back to take the 5-4 lead. As the 3rd quarter was wrapping up, there were less than 3 seconds on the clock and Senior Captain and goalie Bobby Halligan scored a "full court" buzzer-beater to end the 3rd with LaSalle ahead 10-4. La Salle goes on to extend the lead and win the game 17-4.
With this victory, the Explorers advanced to the Championship game against North Penn. Going into the game, the Explorers were 1-1 against the Knights. As the game began, North Penn took a 4-0 lead, La Salle then came back to tie it up at 4 and both teams battled through the game giving and taking the lead from one another. As the game clock dwindled down, North Penn won the game 9-6.
Though La Salle lost this game, the Explorers will still advance to the Pennsylvania State Tournament. With this being the end of the Regular Season, the Explorers finished with an overall record of 18-5. La Salle was undefeated against Inter-Ac teams being 6-0. They were also 12-5 in the PIAA league.
Going into "States" the Explorers are seeded 4th. The team will head into postseason play led by Senior Captains Nick Conroy, Michael Dougherty, Bobby Halligan, and John Klein.
Coach Duncheskie remarked, "This team has the most talent out of any team I've ever coached, they just have to show it now." The Explorers will play against the #5 Wilson Bulldogs on Friday, November 4th, at 7pm. at North Penn High School. All students, teachers, and supporters are encouraged to come support the team in this exciting, action-packed game.
- John Klein '17