Volume 93, Issue 30
Friday, October 22, 1999
Waterpolo rematch drowns home team
WOW, WE CAN MAKE OUR OWN WAVE POOL. Western's waterpolo team shows that Mustangs can swim as they took on the McMaster Marauders and lost a close match 12-10.
By Sean Maraj
The same game, the same teams the same result.
That's the way things ended Wednesday as McMaster University's waterpolo team edged the Western Mustangs 12-10 in a rematch of last year's Ontario University Athletics championship.
As the game opened, it seemed this would be a far cry from last year's nail biting finish as the Marauders jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. But Western managed to battle back by the final quarter, when the Mustangs and the Marauders were deadlocked at 10. With two minutes left to play, the teams battled back and forth, but eventually the Marauders were able to scratch out two goals and win the game.
McMaster head coach Quinn Fairly was happy with the victory, despite the fact his team allowed Western back into the game. "We played very well, we made a lot of mental errors on offence, but backed it up with an excellent defence."
Fairly was not surprised by the close finish, which was a mirror of last year's game. "We're the better teams in the west," Fairly said. "We're two skilled teams and it makes for a good game."
Western captain and centre defence Scott Chrissley pointed out what the team should have done better. "We're not making crisp passes and we're having problems putting the ball in the net," Chrissley said. "We have to quickly take shots and put them in the goal."
Mustangs head coach Kyle Seeback was disappointed with how the game ended and how his team performed in the rematch. "Unfortunately, I don't think we played very well today. I told them it was a must-win game within the first 10 minutes we're down by four to five goals," he said.
While Seeback was disappointed, he gave his team credit for the strong finish and determination which got them back into the game. "They showed a lot of guts coming back, but we shouldn't be down four to five goals," he said.
Not happy with the setback, Seeback was already pointing to areas his team needs to work on to improve their play in the pool. "We need to work more cohesively as a unit on offence," he said. "On defence, we need to know when to switch."
Seeback said he was looking forward to a rematch with McMaster perhaps in the playoffs, in what is quickly turning into a rivalry between the two teams. He added he was sure the next time they meet, McMaster would find themselves facing a better Western team.
"It makes it tough, I have to say it's hard to beat [a team] two to three times in a row. By the time playoffs come, it'll be harder to beat us again."
The Mustangs will play their next games at a tournament in Ottawa on Oct. 23, against Queen's, Carleton and Ottawa universities.
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