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Big Blue Beat: Varsity Water Polo
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By Zoe Wang '22
 


Head Coach: Steve Droste P '25


Last season's highlights: 
The 2018 team was led by five seniors, including captains Grace O'Mara '19, Kevin Ma '19, and Ben Ingrassia '19. The team finished the season with a 11-5 record, placing second in the Garden State Invitational. 


What to watch for this season: 

  • The 2019 season will be led by senior captains Mason Stahl '20 and Dilan Bhat '20. Both are strong goalies and have played since their freshman year. 

  • Four juniors—Noah Bergam '21, Justin Li '21, Christopher Halada '21, and Jason Xiong '21—will also be strong contributors to the team. 

  • A solid group of freshmen will join this year, having a foundation in playing water polo from the Middle School team. 

  • The players will work on being able to capitalize on their "man-up" opportunities when their competitors are down a player due to an ejection. According to Assistant Coach Jeff Jenkins, they will also work on being consistent in offensive counterattacks and on breaking up opponents' counterattacks.  

  • The team is looking to defeat rival Lawrenceville in the state tournament and take home the title. 


Full-court press: 
"We want to get back to the championship game and win it, for the school and for ourselves!" —Assistant Coach Jeffrey Jenkins


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer, adawson@pingry.org