2013 Fall Sports Preview: Water Polo
La Salle Fall Sports Preview: Water Polo
By: Chris Jastrzembski '14
The Fall Sports Season is quickly approaching as we enter the middle of July. The Sports Information Club is proud to continue into this school year, and will be led by Senior Chris Jastrzembski and Junior Collin Giongo, along with many other contributors throughout the school year. Stay up to date with the club at their blog at www.lschs.org/wexpsports & Twitter @LaSalle_Sports
After a very successful 2012-2013 season in which the Explorers won 10 Catholic League Championships and 2 State Championships, the Fall teams will try to build upon last season's historic success.
Each day, we will preview one Fall team, with key games, key players, and much more.
2012 Record: 21-9
Finished 4th in State Championships
Eastern Conference Champions (1st in School History)
Key Returning Players: Bobby Bernatavitz, JB Brady, Nick Dermo, Chris Losier
Key Departing Players: Ryan Barr (Penn State), Eric Bridgeford, Matt Chadwick, Pat Finley, Dan Fleck (Iona), Evan Holder, Brendan Koch, Joe Maginnis, Sean Regan, Pat Dougherty (Iona)
A 4th place finish in the State Championship was a great season for the senior-led Water Polo team. Out of the sixteen players on last year's team, only four remain. This year's team will be very young, consisting of many juniors and possibly many sophomores, including Harrison Schultz, Kyle McElwee, Jake Jordan, and Luke Chadwick.
5 Must See Games:
Away vs. Malvern Prep (September 9th 4:00PM)
Last year's meeting had the Explorers losing to the Friars 14-8. Inter-AC opponents are very good in Water Polo, and an early big game for the Explorers will be a good test for the young and inexperienced team.
Away vs. Germantown Academy (September 10th 4:00PM)
In the Beast of the East Tournament last year, La Salle defeated GA 6-2 in a great game. Back to back Inter-AC teams will be something to watch early in the season.
Away vs. Upper Dublin (September 12th 4:00PM)
These teams did not play each other last season, but both schools have great aquatic programs. Upper Dublin was in the top 5 in the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Winter, and many swimmers also play Water Polo. This will be an entertaining game in the middle of September.
Beast of the East Tournament (September 20th-21st)
The Explorers look to defend their Beast of the East Championship by playing many of the best teams in the East Coast, including teams from the New England Area as well as in PA.
Away vs. Wissahickon (October 10th 5:30PM)
In the two meetings last year, Wissahickon came out winners, defeating the Explorers 7-6 and 8-5, with both matches at Wissahickon. This year's meeting is later in the season, which will give the Explorers some time to get some team chemistry with each other.
Other Notable Games:
North Penn Invitational (October 9th)
Away vs. Lawrenceville Prep (October 24th 4:00PM)