Stags Polo Defeats Cal Lu, Advances to SCIAC Final
Late Saturday afternoon, the CMS Stags defeated the California Lutheran University Kingsmen by a final score of 11-8 in the SCIAC championship tournament semi-final. With the victory, the Stags advance to the championship match where they will face off against cross-street rivals #2 Pomona-Pitzer for the SCIAC championship. Vincent Schiavoni led all scorers with 4 goals in the victory.
The first quarter began slowly, as neither team scored until the 4:46 mark, as Jordan Meaney scored his first of the game. Less than 10 seconds later, however, CMS drew an ejection, which John Holland converted to tie things up 1-1. Less than 1 minute later, Schiavoni netted his first of the game putting the Stags up 2-1. CMS was able to convert one more before time expired, putting the Maroon and Gold up by two.
CMS began the second period with a 5-meter penalty shot drawn, which Schiavoni converted, continuing the CMS 3-goal run to go up 4-1. Kingsman Nathan Ortega, however, would finish on a man-up opportunity to cut the CLU deficit to 2 goals. Just one minute later, Brandon Gross would finish one of his own, putting the Kingsmen back within 1. However, within the final minute, each team would score once to put the score at 5-4 before the intermission.
The third quarter was a game of back and forth, as the teams traded goals until the 3:15 mark, when CLU tied the score for the first time since early in the first at 6-6. CMS would then go on a 3-goal run to go ahead 9-6, only allowing one CalLu goal at the end of the quarter, ending the penultimate period 9-7.
On the first play of the final quarter, CMS drew an ejection, which Maarten Lefor finished to give the Stags their first 3-goal lead since the first half. Three minutes later, Holland netted his second to give CMS their largest lead of the game, ahead 11-7. CalLu would score at the 3:30 mark to bring things back within 3, but that was not enough, as CalLu was held scoreless for the remainder of the game. The scoreboard read 11-8 at the final buzzer.
The victory puts CMS in the championship game tomorrow at 3:15pm for a shot at a second consecutive SCIAC title.
CMS: Schiavoni 4, Holland 2, Baier 2, Lefor, Middlesworth, Wes
CLU: Meaney 4, Ortega, Gross, Norheim, Hacker
Mann (CMS)- 5, Mock (CLU)-6