Northwood’s boys water polo team took charge in the second quarter and went on to defeat University, 16-6, in the Pacific Coast League opener for both teams Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Northwood.
“It was pretty balanced (scoring),” said Northwood Coach Kyle Kim-E. “The nice thing about our team is everyone has a big offensive threat. That’s why we’ve been working on defense. We know we play a tough Ventura team tomorrow (Thursday in the South Coast Tournament).”
Senior Collin Press, a first team all-CIF player last year, led Northwood with six goals.
“Collin has really stepped up into that two-meter role, especially since Joe Shaw (the leading scorer) graduated so it’s nice to see he is still able to hold his own in two-meters but he’s also able to dish out a lot of nice assists to other players on the counter attack,” Kim-E said.
Max Abravanel, a second team all-CIF player last year, had five goals, three assists and five steals for the Timberwolves. Senior Andrew Wraith added three goals., four assists and two steals.
Spencer Sellwood and Brian May each had a goal for Northwood (5-0, 1-0).
Each Northwood goalie played a half. Leon Shin had seven saves and three assists in the first half and Noah Pendleton had two saves and one assist in the second half.
Northwood led, 4-2, after one quarter, then broke the match open by outscoring University, 7-1, in the second quarter.
“We played a good first quarter on defense,” said first-year University Coach Jesse Briggs. “Our second quarter, we weren’t moving the ball very good. A lot of guys were just holding it. When we don’t move the ball, we’re easy to defend and they got away from us in the second quarter.”
Joseph Nagy and Andrew Weller had two goals each for University (6-8, 0-1).