Irvine, CA - March 13 - Week two of the 2017 National League concluded yesterday at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, CA after two days of competitive action. Much like the clocks on Sunday that sprung forward due to Daylight Saving Time, the Olympic Club sprung forward in the standings going 4-0 on the weekend claiming sole possession of first place at 6-0. Olympic Club now holds the number one seed headed into the National League Championship this April 1-2 in Irvine, CA. For complete Week 2 results including box scores from The FOSH, click here. To watch back any of the single camera webcast from Week 2 action, click here.
Now on to the round-up!
Week 2 Results:
USA Collegiate 6 vs. LA Athletic Club 10
USA University 5 vs. Olympic Club 8
Alumni 8 vs. New York Athletic Club 5
USA Academy 2 vs. USA Junior 11
USA Collegiate 8 vs. USA University 19
Alumni 5 vs. LA Athletic Club 6
USA Junior 10 vs. New York Athletic Club 11
USA Collegiate 3 vs. Olympic Club 10
USA University 14 vs. USA Academy 2
New York Athletic Club 7 vs. LA Athletic Club 6
Olympic Club 10 vs. USA Junior 7
Alumni 12 vs. USA University 9 F/SO
USA Academy 6 vs. USA Collegiate 7
New York Athletic Club 6 vs. Olympic Club 10
LA Athletic Club 8 vs. USA University 10
USA Junior 7 vs. Alumni 10
Current Standings (Through Week 2)
1. OLYMPIC CLUB (6-0) - 18pts
2. ALUMNI (4-2) - 12pts
3. NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB (4-2) - 12pts
4. USA UNIVERSITY (4-2) - 11pts
5. LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB (3-3) - 11pts
6. USA JUNIOR (2-5) - 3pts
7. USA COLLEGIATE (1-6) - 0pts
8. USA ACADEMY (0-3)
Best Game We Saw: There were several great games this past weekend but the honor goes to the rally staged by Alumni as they defeated USA University 12-9 in a shootout. Down 8-4 with 3:15 left in the third quarter, Alumni turned it on scoring four unanswered goals to tie things up. Kevin Witt's goal with 44 seconds left in regulation evened things at 8-8 forcing the shootout. In the extra session it was all Alumni as they tacked on four goals in the shootout, the last coming from Daniel Lenhart to secure the win.
Olympic Club Serves Notice: The Olympic Club was not fooling around in Week 2 action as they rolled up four straight wins. No game was closer than three goals for Olympic Club who has their sights set on their first ever National League crown. One of their closest games was their first game of the weekend, an 8-5 win over USA University. A close game throughout, Olympic Club scored the final two goals to pull away for the win.
Reynolds Keeps It Rolling: Olympic Club's Paul Reynolds entered the 2017 National League as the all-time leading scorer in league history with 54 goals and he has shown no interest in losing that title. Through two weeks of play in the 2017 season he is again the league leader in goals scored with 17, just one better than University's Johnny Hooper with 16. Reynolds bolstered his totals by dropping seven goals on University on just 11 shots in a 10-7 win.
Lazar Leads The Way: It's no surprise that many players from Olympic Club are leading in statistical categories given their perfect record and that includes the goalie position. Keeper Lazar Andric continued to roll up double digit save performances this past weekend and remains the league leader in goals against average (5.33), save percentage (.692), and overall saves (72).
Present & Future Competing In The Same Water: The Woollett Aquatic Center is no stranger to hosting some of the biggest aquatic events in the country and this weekend the pools were packed with water polo. The pools at Woollett are large enough to accomodate multiple games at once and that is what happened over the weekend as National League action was competing on the long course while age group action, including 10U, was competing on a short course. Check out this tweet from Steve Carrera showing the simultaneous action.
Academy Makes Their Debut: The USA Academy squad made their debut at the 2017 National League after taking part in the ODP National Championships during Week 1. Games against the Academy squad don't count towards final point standings and they will be automatically seeded eighth in the upcoming National League Championship. While the team did go 0-3 on the weekend they pushed Collegiate to the wire falling 7-6. Joe Molina scored twice to lead Academy on offense.
Chay Hey: 2012 Olympian Chay Lapin made his 2017 National League debut this past weekend and looked to be in good form averaging 13 saves over three games of competition to help Alumni go 3-1 on the weekend.
LA Athletic Club Profiled: 2017 brought a brand new club to the National League, the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The team was recently profiled by USA Water Polo TV incuding interviews with co-founder Wes Kading and goalkeeper Garrett Danner. The segment aired on last week's #CounterAttack and you can watch the full video by clicking here.
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Show Your Support: Show your support for the USA Water Polo National League by using the hashtag #USAWPNL when talking about the league on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We'll be highlighting support on our weekly Counter Attack program.
Looking Ahead: The National League returns to play on April 1-2 at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, CA for the National League Championship. Live stats will be available via The FOSH. Click here for a complete schedule.
National League Championship/Live Streaming: The 2017 National League Championship will also be held at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, CA. The event is set for April 1-2 and all games will be streamed live via USA Water Polo TV and through Facebook.com/USAWP. Click here for a complete schedule.
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