A change in tide implements a shift in tactics
Ed Gebing, Sports Editor
November 15, 2013
From ARC Current
The American River College men’s water polo team has started off the season with a 9-5 record and is currently 4-0 against other members in the Big 8 Conference.
Returning six players from last year’s team, the men are led by sophomore’s, goalie Sam Anderson and utility player Patrick O’Connor.
“(We have) high expectations for this year and hopefully we can conquer them,” Anderson said.
After finishing last season second in its league and third in Northern California the team looks to improve upon its record.
“We’ve been playing well at times. We are a team that should be a little better defensively, but I think that we are learning and improving that way,” Head Coach Eric Black said. “Offensively we are a little challenged because we don’t play with a true center. It’s like in basketball if you don’t have a true center then you’ve got to play the game with a guards and forwards mentality. Now we can be effective that way. It’s just a matter of getting a couple of the freshman that haven’t had to make a lot of changes, to learn how to make some changes in what they do. We are getting there, though.”
The team has started off a little slow, but has been coming on strong as the season moves forward.
“It’s going good. The team has progressed a bunch since the beginning of the season, and we’re starting to play better and better,” O’Connor said.
One of O’Connor’s greatest attributes is his ability to play multiple positions.
“(With) last year’s team we had a whole set that was incredible, and so this year we are just trying to learn how to play without one, and we’re getting used to it,” O’Connor said.
This year’s team is a bit different compared to last season’s.
“We are more of a swimming-oriented team. We’re much quicker,” Anderson said. “We aren’t as big as we were last year, and we will probably be relying on our shooters and our speed.”
At 6’7” Anderson credits his height with being a major advantage to his gameplay.
The Beavers, who beat Sierra College earlier in the week, played host this past weekend to the ARC Tourney, which featured teams from California State University Maritime, Mt. San Antonio College, Penn State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Davis’ Club team.
ARC’s men’s water polo team flexes its muscles
October 14, 2013
American River College men’s water polo team squared off against the Sierra College Wolverines in a match that was full of excitement and strong efforts from both sides.
The match began with ARC sprinting out to get the first possession of the ball. There was a tense defensive battle for the first three minutes of the period, in which neither team could get its offense going. Then ARC’s attackers got into the interior of Sierra’s defense scoring their first goal fairly easily against the Wolverines.
The Wolverines quickly responded by turning around and scoring their first goal a minute after the Beavers’.
After a defensive tussle between the two teams, ARC freshman Maximilian Wiese, who plays the utility position, threw an absolute heater to make the score 2-1 by the end of the period.
Sierra grabbed the ball first in the second period, and within a couple of minutes they scored the fourth goal of the game making the game 2-2.
Shortly after that goal, an ARC attacker got into a scruff with a Sierra defender, in which a penalty was called. That led to a power play by the Beavers’ offense. Wiese once again threw a killer shot to make the score 3-2 for his second goal of the game.
Before the end of second period, the Beavers established their dominance by scoring the sixth goal of the game making the score 4-2.
At the beginning of third period, it was quite evident that Sierra was not prepared for the intensity that the Beavers were playing with.
Sloppy play and misguided shot attempts at the Beavers’ defense was a clear sign of exhaustion and desperation by the Wolverines.
The Beavers’ strong defensive efforts, and the Wolverines’ overall low-intensity play on both sides of the ball led to two more quick points by the Beavers’ offense, making the score 6-2 by the end of the third period.
At the beginning of the final period, the Wolverines tried to turn up the heat on the Beavers on both ends of the pool. This led to the first goal of the fourth period by Sierra making the score 6-3 with 5 minutes left on the clock.
This goal seemed to rally the Wolverines, giving them new hope in an otherwise dreadful situation. This new energy was evident when they began to turn up the pressure, making the Beavers’ offense very uncomfortable.
That still wasn’t enough to stop Wiese, who once again dropped a bomb on the Wolverines’ defense, making the score 7-3, with 4:35 on the clock.
Thirty-one seconds after that goal, sophomore attacker Matthew Luster added another score for the Beavers, making the score 8-3. It was clear they were flexing their muscles on this Wolverines team.
A timeout was taken with 2:47 left on the clock, and it was pretty clear that this one was in the books.
With 44 seconds left on the clock, ARC put up another score making it 9-3. At this point things had long gotten out of hand.
With 17 seconds left on the clock Sierra added another score making it a 9-4 game.
The Beavers were just physically better in every aspect of water polo. The Wolverines could not match them in strength or skill, and it showed in the final score.
J'neil Gibson, Staff Writer
From ARC Current