A stellar shooting effort by co-captain Alex McLane ’20 helped the varsity water polo team earn its second victory of the season with a 12-9 win over visiting Williston on Oct. 9.
McLane scored five goals on eight shots, including a clutch fourth-quarter goal that snuffed out a Williston rally, to lead all scorers for the Bearcats (2-5). Tiki Crider ’20 added three goals on eight shots, with the other goals coming from Sam Beutner ’20, Jeffrey Lim ’21, Leo Poggi ’20, and William Wildish ’21.
Another indispensable piece in the victory for Hotchkiss was goalie Alex Cherenkov ’21, who saved 13 shots on the day, which saw Williston record more shots (34-29) and shots on goal (22-20) than the Bearcats.
The first quarter started off with a bang for Hotchkiss, with Crider scoring in less than a minute on the man-up. Two more goals gave the home team an early 3-0 lead. Swarming defense helped blunt several Williston possessions, and another late goal by Crider on a direct shot following a foul gave the team a 4-1 at the horn.
The second quarter saw Williston mount a small comeback, scoring the first two goals to cut the margin to 4-3. McLane turned the tide for Hotchkiss with two spectacular goals from long range. Wildish’s goal in the final minute saw Hotchkiss lead 7-3 at halftime.
After halftime, the Bearcats began widening the margin again, with another pair of goals from McLane, including a nifty behind-the-back shot from midrange to make it 9-3, which would tie for the largest lead of the game.
The fourth quarter saw some nervous moments for the home crowd. After Poggi’s goal from outside gave Hotchkiss a six-goal cushion again at 11-5, Williston mounted a furious rally, scoring four straight goals to cut the margin to just two. Fortunately for the Bearcats, McLane buried his final goal of the day with 1:25 remaining to push the lead back out to the final score of 12-9.