Water Polo Takes on Ransom

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Water Polo Takes on Ransom

Teammates watch as the team faces off against the Ransom Raiders.

Teammates watch as the team faces off against the Ransom Raiders.

Hannah Cordes

Teammates watch as the team faces off against the Ransom Raiders.

Hannah Cordes

Hannah Cordes

Teammates watch as the team faces off against the Ransom Raiders.

Hannah Cordes, Staff Writer

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On March 14, the Cavalier water polo teams took on the Ransom Everglades water polo teams. Ransom’s women’s team has been state champions multiple times, so the Lady Cavaliers knew the game would be tough. Sadly, the Lady Cavaliers fell short against the state champions with a score of 14-3. The Ransom’s men’s team was also a very tough opponent and the Cavaliers ended with a loss of 21-12.

“I believe we have a legitimate shot to compete for the district championship for both boys and girls.  Yesterdays loss didn’t show the true potential of both the girls and boys.  We have a little over a week to get better and make the proper adjustments to be as competitive as we can and fight for a district championship,” Coach Gerry Cuozo said.

The Lady Cavalier played their game first with the start at 4 p.m. Ransom worked a strong first quarter by scoring five points and leaving the Lady Cavaliers scoreless. They worked a hard second quarter and the Cavaliers finally put some points up on the board and only allowed three points for Ransom, leaving the score 8-1. The last two quarters were tough and with the starters beginning to tire, substitutes had to be rotated in and out. Two more goals were scored, and although the communication was good the girls could not manage the win, leaving with a 14-3 loss.

“I think we really stepped up our game yesterday, and communication was definitely there. Although there are certain things we can fix, everyone seemed to play as a team,” senior captain Catalina Saavedra said.

The men’s game started at 5 p.m. and was definitely a challenge for the Cavaliers. The game started off very close, the Cavaliers kept within two points only down 6-8 after the first quarter. The second quarter, the Cavaliers kept on the Raiders like gnats and kept the score close, but the last two quarters the cavaliers were not as lucky. Ransom’s lead slowly started getting bigger as the Cavaliers got more and more tired, the game ending with a score of 21-12.

“The Ransom game went amazing for the first half and I couldn’t have been happier with my team. Something that we could’ve worked on would be getting back on defense and making dry passes,” senior captain Sigurd Ozols said.

Both teams will face Ransom again in the district championship and neither team has lost hope because of this game. Both teams know what they need to fix and will sure be ready for the district championship on March 28.