By: Audrey Kough, Red & Black Campus Sports Writer
Washington & Jefferson College’s (W&J) men’s water polo team traveled to Erie, PA the weekend of Oct. 22-23 to compete in the Division III Eastern Championships.
The team has been preparing for this all season by practicing both in the pool and weight room. The men’s performance at the championships will determine whether the team qualifies for post-season competition.
The men’s team has a lot of depth on their offensive and defensive side. The W&J Presidents headed into postseason with a record of 9-6 from regular season.
The championships started on Oct. 22 with the W&J Presidents playing against Austin College. The W&J men’s team played against Austin College previously in the season but lost. The team was looking for redemption.
Unfortunately, W&J fell to Austin with a score of 13-6. A slight setback to start the games off, but the men still had a lot of game left to play in hopes to redeem themselves.
W&J came back on Oct. 23 with a match-up against Connecticut College. Highlights of the game included Mitchell Rubio and Chris Edwards scoring four goals each, Zishuo Ma recorded a hat trick (meaning he scored three times throughout the game), and Andrew Edwards scoring two goals.
Overall, the team had remarkable success in this game. The men pulled out a win over Connecticut College with a score of 18-6.
W&J’s last game of the weekend was against Penn State Behrend, and the Presidents had hopes of topping off the weekend with a record of 2-1.
During the game, Rubio led the way, scoring a total of five goals. Bannon also recorded a hat trick, and Andrew Edwards scored two goals with assists from multiple of his teammates.
"Overall, the team had remarkable success in this game. The men pulled out a win over Connecticut College with a score of 18-6. "