Boys’ Varsity Water Polo Barely Loses to Woodside in Second Heartbreaker of the Season

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Photo credits: Brian de Haaff

This Thursday, the Menlo Atherton varsity water polo lost 5-6 in a close match versus rival Woodside. The loss was especially frustrating for the Bears, as Woodside had beat them earlier in the season, also by just a point.

Senior Willem Holzrichter maneuvers Woodside’s defense.

The game began slowly, leaving M-A behind by two at the end of the first quarter. The game began to pick up once junior Michael Heller scored M-A’s first goal in the beginning of the second quarter. The Woodside team eventually managed to score a goal, raising the score to 3-1, and attempted to score once more, which sophomore Jake Taylor skillfully blocked. After the M-A offense successfully ejected the opposing team’s goalie, Heller scored on an open goal, ending the second quarter on a positive note. 

At the beginning of the third quarter, senior Zach de Haaff pushed forward and scored, tying the score 3-3. Soon after, Heller left offense early and scored to put the bears in the lead. As the bears were ahead, de Haaff scored off a drive, making the score 5-4 at the end of the third half. 

As the last quarter began, the Bears were playing confidently and working together to form a strong defense. Though they held up for a long time, Woodside eventually broke through and scored to tie up the game in the last three minutes. With this development, M-A called a timeout to restructure their offense and defense. In the last minute of the game, Woodside scored, eking out a 6-5 victory.

The Bears meeting up during half time.

Coach Tim Kates said, “I’m proud of how our team played, and see them getting better every game.  But I give credit to Woodside for playing a great game.” Jake Taylor, the Bears’ goalie, shared this sentiment, and said that although the team could have been stronger from the start, “it was a good game” and that the team will come back stronger next year.

Jane White is a senior and an Editor-in-Chief of the M-A Chronicle. Over the course of her time in digital journalism, she has enjoyed writing personal opinions and research-heavy features. In her free time, Jane loves to catch up on her reading, hang out with friends, and play guitar. This year, Jane is looking forward to bringing journalism back to the classroom and making connections with her staff and the M-A community.

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