Volume 93, Issue 47
Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Mustangs happy with silver
©Graphic by Colin Butler
By Chad Thompson
Although the Western Mustang waterpolo team barely qualified for the playoffs, it did not stop them from making the most of their opportunity.
Western was able to make it to the finals of the Ontario University Athletics waterpolo championship, where they lost 12-8 to a strong York Yeomen team. The loss to York resulted in the Mustangs capturing the silver medal.
Western head coach Kyle Seeback said the finish was nice considering the team's standing. "It's great to come second, as we went in [ranked] fourth in the tournament," he said. "It's a big disappointment not to win the gold medal."
Western goalie Jim MacLachlan said the defeat in the finals was bitter-sweet, since the team lost the gold, but still ended up with the silver. "[Winning the silver] is a great testament to what our team can do when we pull together."
On the other side of the pool, Yeomen head coach Ross MacDonald said he felt his team had the momentum when they needed it. "In the playoffs we peaked at the right time," he said.
Discipline is important to any team and MacDonald said it was definitely one of their strengths. "We kept working and we were patient. All the guys were unselfish."
MacLachlan said the third quarter was the turning point of the match. "We were outscored seven to two and it made all the difference. We staged a comeback in the fourth [quarter], but couldn't get it all back."
Seeback explained the events of the third quarter came as a result of York changing their play strategy. "They got their matchup and had their best players matched up against our weaker defenders," he said.
MacDonald also said the quarter altered the face of the game. "At the end of the half we thought we were playing well and we were controlling the play. I re-iterated the game plan to the guys, then one of the guys stood up and said 'Enough warm up, let's put them away.'"
He added the breakdown of his team in the fourth quarter was a result of impatience. "We felt the game was over and we went away from our discipline and played like chickens with our heads cut off for two minutes," he said. "We were just waiting for the game to be over."
Despite the loss in the finals, MacLachlan saw the positives in winning the silver medal. "Considering everything, it was terrific. I was happy I was there and had a chance to go for the gold," he said. "[The silver medal] is a great accomplishment for our team."
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