A back and forth game leaves Cerritos water polo on top of Mt. SAC

Billy Turner

Cerritos’ men’s water polo team defeated Mt. San Antonio College 17-15 at home last Wednesday.

“I didn’t play last year but I know we lost so I wanted vengeance. Long Beach and Mt. SAC are our [biggest] competition,” freshman driver Nick Dodson said.
 
In the opening minutes of the first quarter, Cerritos utility player PJ Gabayeron, scored the first goal of the game, but in the next play of the game Mt. SAC answered back with a goal of its own.
 
The first period went back and forth with goals until the final two minutes of the period when Cerritos goalie Justin Calderon blocked a shot from Mt. SAC. In return Cerritos went on to score two more goals and end the first quarter, up 6-4.
 
The beginning of the second quarter started off with utility player Isaac Ogloblin getting the ball and that turned into an assist from Gabayeron. Cerritos came back to score with a goal from 2-Meter Pat McCarthy, but right after Mt. SAC scored to make it 8-6.
 
At the beginning of the third quarter Mt. SAC got the ball and tied the game up 8-8 but Cerritos answered right back with an assist from Gabayeron to McCarthy for a goal.
 
“We preserved ourselves and kept playing our game,” Gabayeron said. Cerritos would go on to rally and win the game with a final score of  17-15.