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Four Greenwich Water Players Picked for Northeast Zone National Team

Following their outstanding play at the National Zone Tournament held recently in Boca Raton, Florida, four GWP players (pictured below) have been selected for USA Water Polo's National Training Camp to be held in California over the Memorial Day Weekend. 

From left to right:  Matthew Fraser & James Baker were the 12th grade & under selections; Julian Fraser & Tyler Triscari were the 10th grade & under selections. 

Baker was also named the MVP for the Zone Tournament's 12th Grade group. 

"We are exceptionally proud to have two out of the four Zone selections for the National Camp in both of these groups.  They are a real credit to the GWP program." said Terry Lowe, club president.

Greenwich Water Polo Players Star at New England Prep School Water Polo Championships. 

Two GWP players, Austin Bridges & Chris Miao, were named to the New England Prep School All-Tournament Water Polo Team last month.  They led the Deerfield Academy water polo team to the New England Prep School Championships last month. 

By upsetting top-seeded Phillips Exeter in the first round 11-10, they advanced to the title game in which they beat Choate Rosemary Hall.  Choate also had a GWP presence in goal with co-captain Jack Driscoll.

Choate defeated Suffield before falling to Deerfield in the championship game. Suffield also had a GWP presence on their team--co-captain Sam Prout. 

Way to go Greenwich Water Polo!

Six GWP Players Net 2011 Academic All American Honors as Outstanding Achievers

Pictured below are 5 of the 6 Greenwich Water Polo players who were named Academic All-Americans. 

They are:  J Whelan, Matt Alexander, Tim Hardman, James Baker and Simon Tebbe. 

Not Pictured, but also selected, was Austin Bridges.

To be selected, these student-athletes had to have a GPA of 3.6 or higher and have competed

in a USA Water Polo national event during 2011.

All of these participants received recognition as an Outstanding Achiever having the distinction

of GPA's over 4.0.

Greenwich Water Polo Teams Shine at 2011 Junior Olympics in California-July 27-Aug 3

Sending five age-group teams to the 2011 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics, Greenwich Water Polo (GWP), one of the east coast’s top programs, experienced significant success in the California dominated tournament. 

This year, GWP sent three boys team – 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under – and two girls team – 12 & under & 14 & under – to Orange County, California for the Olympics.  All three of its older teams played their way into the Platinum Division, the premium upper half, of the 48 team championship brackets.  The younger teams qualified for the Gold Division, the lower half of the tournament.

The four-day event for the boys started on July 30th and ended on August 2nd.  The 14/under boys had the top GWP finish.  Their 4-4 record landed them in 18th place in the Platinum group.  After losing their opener to Huntington Beach California, 12-9, they beat the team from Vegas, Nevada 12-9 and the Navy team from Annapolis, MD 13-11.  Their 2-1 Day One record earned them Platinum status.  Lefty Mack Neary led all Greenwich scorers with five goals against Vegas and six goals against Navy.  Julian Fraser was the second leading scorer with a total of 5 goals in the two games. 

On Day Two, the GWP 14’s split their two games winning 11-9 against Pacific Polo from San Diego before losing to Chino Hills California 15-13.  In the win, Fraser led the team with five goals followed by three from Nick Hyden.  In his best game of the tournament, goalie Colin Barefoot pulled down 11 saves.  The team split two games again on Day Three.  They beat the hosting Orange County Water Polo Titans 11-10 before losing to 680 Drivers team from Northern California, 13-10.  Ben Wurst’s third goal of the game broke a 10-10 tie for the victory over Orange County.  Fraser also had a hat trick and Neary led with four goals.  Their Day Four final game, a re-match with Chino Hills, was a disappointing 17-7 loss.

The GWP 16’s had a similar first day experience, winning twice and losing once to earn a spot in the Platinum group.  Their first win was a shootout victory over the Orange County team.  It took late period heroics by Robert Peterson & Jack Robinson to come back from a two-goal deficit to end the game at 8-8 after regulation.  In the shootout, goalie Simon Tebbe who had 8 game saves, added four straight against Orange County five-meter shooters.  Matt Fraser & Will Klingner fired bullets to win the shootout 2-0. After losing to the Clovis, CA Bears 12-9, they came back to beat the team from Rockford, Illinois 10-8.  In the win, James Baker led the way with four goals followed by three from Tyler Triscari.  Tebbe nabbed 9 saves.

On Day Two, the 16’s lost a heartbreaker, this time losing in a shootout.  Against Las Vegas Henderson they took a 4-2 lead late in the game before allowing the Nevada team to rally and tie the game.  They lost the shootout 4-2.  A victory would have moved the GWP team into the top 12.  In their next game, the team rallied to defeat the Clovis California Cougars in another tight battle, 6-5.  Peterson and Sean Lyons each had 3 of the 6 GWP goals.

The Greenwich 16’s split their two Day Three games as well.  Their first game was a 9-7 win over the team from Foothills, CA.  Klingner, Lyons & Peterson each fired a pair of goals; Fraser, Baker & Max Zim had one apiece.  After leading 5-2 early in their next game, Greenwich scored only two more times while the team from Huntington Beach tallied eight in their 10-7 win.  In their Day Four finale, a re-match with Orange County, Greenwich lost 9-8, again letting a 5-2 lead slip away. Also finishing with a 4-4 record, the GWP 16’s landed in 20th place.

An inexperienced 12/under boys team had a much more difficult time in the tournament, but ended on a high note.   After losing their first eight games, the GWP 12’s defeated San Diego Shores B team 13-6.  Matt Amborse’s 16 saves were a key to the victory.  Cameron Liflander led with four goals, followed by Jamie Cassidy with three, Owen Byrnes with two and one each from Kevin Downey, Kevin Grune, John Steele and Andrew Triscari.  Triscari was the overall scoring leader for the team with 17 goals in their nine games.

The girls half of the Junior Olympics took place from August 4th through the 7th.  The 14/under girls compiled the best GWP record in the Junior Olympics, finishing with 5 wins and 3 losses.

On Day One they started off with a surprisingly easy 11-1 victory over a team from Stanford, CA.  Nearly everyone got in the scoring act.  Sydney Baker and Natalie Grune each scored twice as seven other players each had one goal.  Next they ran into the top seeded 14/under team from Commerce, California and lost by a wide margin 19-4.  But against Bakersfield, CA they came back to win 13-2.  Porter Carlson’s five goals led the way.  Claire Baxter, Paige Neary and Grune each scored twice.  Hallie Garfield had seven goalie saves.

The first day of Platinum Division play for the GWP 14 girls proved to be a tough one.  They lost 12-6 to Foothills, CA and 12-9 to Ventura County Premier.  They came back strong on Day Three, however, with two wins.  After opening a 7-1 halftime lead over Elite Water Polo from Murrieta California, they held on to win 8-6.  Two goals each by Rachel Sodokoff and Paige Neary along with single tallies by Baker, Hollis Jomo and Avery Pierce provided the six-goal halftime cushion.  Neary’s third goal in the fourth was the game clincher.

In their second game of the day, the GWP girls slowly pulled away from the Los Angeles Water Polo Club en route to a 9-6 victory.  They led 3-2 after one period, 6-4 at the half.  Neary had four of the Greenwich goals, two of which came on penalty shots earned by teammates.  Sodokoff and Baxter had the other two first-half goals.  Carlson scored in both the 3rd & 4th periods, each time putting her team back up by two.  Neary’s fifth goal provided a safe 9-6 lead.

This put the Greenwich 14/under girls up against the team from Northwood California for their Day Four finale.  It proved to be their most exciting game of the tournament.  Leading 3-2 after the first period, they were shut out in the second and trailed by two, 5-3 at the half.  Sodokoff, Baxter & Neary had the first half goals.  A pair of third period goals by Neary and one by Hollis Jomo made it a one-goal game, 7-6. Three unanswered goals by three different GWP girls rallied the team into a two goal, 9-7 lead.   Porter Carlson tied the game, Natalie Grune gave Greenwich the lead and Jomo extended the lead to two. The game ended with Greenwich on top 9-8.  Because of their two losses on Day Two their highest possible place was 21st in the Platinum Division, which their three consecutive victories accomplished.

The GWP 12/under girls suffered the same result as their male counterparts, winning only one of their tournament games.  Their victory came against the North San Diego Stars.  The first period ended in a 2-2 tie on two goals by Kate Murray.  Four second-quarter goals by Borden Wahl and one by Kellen Carlson, along with shutout defense led by Lizzy Bradley’s three saves put Greenwich safely ahead, 7-2.  Wahl, Carlson and Ella Jomo each had second half goals in the 10-4 win.

“Overall, this was an exceptional showing by an east coast team,” said GWP head coach Terry Lowe.  “We are very proud to have three teams performing so well in the elite Platinum Divisions and beating so many California teams.  Our coaches – Paul Ramaley, Jimmy Ramaley, Mike Capossela, Steve Ambrose & Matthew DiNatale for the boys and Brian Kelly & Julie Ramaley for the girls – all did a super job preparing our teams for the tournament,” stated Lowe.

16 & Under Boys Compete in Spain--June/July 2011

Combining great water polo and cultural exposure the Greenwich Water Polo teams have shown their mettle and enjoyed a great trip to Spain this summer.  Below are details of their games so far.  

Day 1:  Barcelona

Greenwich Water Polo´s first day of action in Barcelona Spain was a day of close calls.  In four games, the GWP´´s 16& under boys team ended up with two ties and two two-goal defeats.

The first game for the GWP-A Team was played at the beautiful C.N. Molins de Rei Club´s pool against the Girona Water Polo Team and was a defensive struggle.  On the strength of saves by Greenwich goalie Simon Tebbe, GWP was able to stay in the game and goals by Julian Fraser and Robert Peterson enabled GWP to tie the score for a 2-2 tie.

The second  GWP-A Team game was against Maresme Water Polo, and GWP-A also tied 6-6.  In a hard fought see-saw game, J Whelan, Matthew Fraser, James Baker each scored 2 goals each with scores by Baker and Whelan near the end of the game completing a dramatic comeback.

Playing in the shining new C.N. Sant Feliu Club, Greenwich kept digging itself into holes in the two afternoon games.  Against Girona, the GWP 16/under team quickly fell behind 3-0.  A man-up goal by Baker, an inside shot by Julian Fraser off a rebound and a goal by Sean Lyons tied it up the game late in the second quarter. Baker opened the second half with the tying goal and Robert Peterson fired a perimeter shot to give the Greenwich team its first lead, 5-4.  The lead was short lived and Girona quickly came back with two goals of its own to re-take the lead.  After a man-up goal by Whelan on an assist by Joey Tambascio, the score was knotted for the fourth time in the game, 6-6.  But Girona scored twice and Greenwich was unable to answer.  So GWP tasted defeat its first defeat, 8-6.

Two hours later, GWP-A squared off for a re-match with Maresme and this time it dug a hole too deep to climb out of.  Matthew Fraser did provide an early 1-0 lead.  But Maresme scored six times in the half to take an insurmountable 6-1 lead.  GWP-A fought back with goals from J Whelan, Matthew Fraser bringing the score to 6-5 but the game ended in a 7-5 defeat.

"At the very least, we proved that our GWP-A team was competitive with the local teams of Barcelona, the hub of water polo in Spain, and that our team is willing to fight to the end with a never-say-die spirit," said GWP Head Coach Terry Lowe. 

The GWP-B team opened the day playing the Valles Club and Baix Llobregat.  Playing the best in Barcelona, the younger team struggled in its first 2 games losing 10-2 and 11-1.  Goals by Alexander Lewis, Jack Robinson highlighted the game and the goalie play, even in defeat by Steve Michaud.

In rematches in the afternoon, GWP-B again lost to Valles by a lopsided 11-1 score but started to come together against Baix Llobregat. Three goals highlight by Sam Prout´s strong perimeter goal made it 6-3 at the end of the first half.  Five saves by Michaud kept GWP-B in the game.  In the end Baix pulled away for a better-than-it-sounds 10-4 loss.

Day 3-Barcelona

It was an exciting night of water polo at the Barcelona ´92 Olympic Water Polo pool.  Playing for the second time against the Catalan all stars - 18 of the top players from 12 of the region's clubs - the 16-under Greenwich Water Polo team provided a real test for the Barcelona area team.

In the early stages, the boys of Greenwich fell behind by one goal four times, but quickly responded each time to tie the game.  James Baker, Sean Lyons, Robert Peterson started the scoring and then Matt Fraser took over to complete a “hat trick”. Playing in a 30-meter pool and with an 11-member squad vs. 18-member Spanish all-star team finally took its tolls.  Despite 10 saves by Simon Tebbe the game ended in a 10-6 loss. "We did a much better job defensively and it was a hard fought match from beginning to end," said Coach Terry Lowe.  "We really gave them a battle and have already greatly improved our play in the more physical and quicker play by the Spaniards," said Lowe. "I am really proud of the way our team has responded to the challenge."

The GWP-B team, defensively really stood their ground.  Michaud was great in the goal and overall they did a super job in holding the opposition to six goals in a 6-3 loss.  Austin Bridges scored the first goal for GWP.  Jack Robinson lobbed in the second goal.  Alex Lewis made a good inside move to earn a five-meter penalty shot ... which Bridges nailed it to make it 4-3. 

Day 5 – Sevilla

After a day of travel from Barcelona to Madrid and finally to Sevilla, the GWP-A lost one game but picked up a pair of victories. 

In the first game, once again, the GWP-A team dug itself a big hole in the first period, but over the next three quarters was able to pull its way out.  J Whelan, Matthew Fraser, Julian Fraser scored in a close loss.   

In the second game, a lob shot by Sean Lyons, several goals by James Baker, Julian Fraser, Tim Hardman, Matthew Fraser Robert Peterson

Lead GWP-A to a 20-18 victory.

The younger GWP-B team also pulled off a win, its second of the tour, defeating their WP Sevilla counterparts, 15-11.  Sam Prout led the scoring with four goals.  Mack Neary pulled off a hat-trick, Austin Bridges, Alex Lewis, John Enquist and Will Gibian each notched a pair of goals for Greenwich.

In both games, the goalies were a big part of the win.  In the A-game Simon Tebbe pulled in 11 saves, while assisting on two goals with outstanding outlet passes.  For the younger team, Steve Michaud had seven saves and one assist.

"It was great to see our A team fight back after once again starting off a game slowly and falling so far behind.  This time we were able to fight all the way back with the major scoring coming from Baker and Matthew Fraser each with six goals, while Julian Fraser, the youngest player on the team, came up with a four-goal performance," said coach Terry Lowe.  "We now have just one more day of competition before boarding a plane to return back home for the fourth of July," added Lowe.

Matt Weber, James Kelly and Mark Nietzel Named All-Americans

Three Greenwich Water Polo players were named All Americans this June.  Matt Weber was named First Team All American, James Kelly was named Second Team All American, and Mark Nietzel was named Fourth Team All American.

"I feel great about our team having three guys on the All American team," said Terry Lowe, Greenwich Water Polo head coach and Coach of the Greenwich High School Cardinals. 

Weber will continue his water polo career next fall at Princeton Univeristy.  The Greenwich High School tri-captain was a dominant hole man scoring 144 goals in 30 games this past season. The high-scoring Weber was an All-America First Team selection for the second straight season.

Kelly emerged as a premier goalie this past season. A rock in goal he posted a save percentage of 62 per cent and saved 50 percent of five-meter penalty shots.  Kelly was known for elevating his game in championship games and will attend University of Richmond next fall. 

Nietzel, another tri-captain for the Greenwich High School Cardinals, was "an iron man for the team", said Coach Lowe.  He will continue his water polo career by attending Claremont McKenna College in Southern California next fall.  

7 Greenwich Water Polo Players Named to Olympic Development Teams, Hollis Jomo Named to Cadet National Team

7 Greenwich Water Polo players made the Olympic Development Program Zone teams competed at the National Training and Selection Camp in CA in late May.  Those players included Claire Baxter, Hollis Jomo, Rachel Sodokoff, James Baker, Julian Fraiser, Mac Neary, and Jack Robinson.  Out of these players Hollis Jomo was selected to be on the Girls' ODP Cadet National Team.  Congratulations to all of you for representing Greenwich Water Polo.  We are very proud of you.  

Joe Cosentino and Andrew Trepp (GWP Alums) Inducted into Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame. 

On Saturday, November 27, 2010, Joe Cosentino and Andrew Trepp were inducted into the YWCA of Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame. 

Joe Cosentino played and coached for Greenwich Water Polo. He captained the undefeated Greenwich High School Water Polo team in 2003, earning First-Team All-American honors.  Joe went on to to a four-year career at the University of Southern California.  Joe was a key player on USC's NCAA Water Polo National Championship team in 2005.  In 2007, he was elected most inspirational player at the Univeristy of Southern California after returning to play water polo his senior year just six months after heart surgery.

Andrew Trepp was an a multi-time high school All-American swimmer and three-time Connecticut State Swimmer-of-the-Year.  Andrew also played for Greenwich Water Polo and captained the 2004 Greenwich High School Water Polo Team where he earned First-Team All-American honors.

7 Greenwich Water Polo Players Named Academic All Americans

USA Water Polo just announced the Academic All Americans for the 2009-2010 season. 

Seven (7) Greenwich Water Polo players were included in the selection which honors students for excellence in the pool and in the class room and 6 were honored for outstanding achievement for having over a 4.0 grade point average. 

The seven pictured above are: 

Front Row:  J Whelan, Tommy Jensen, Scott Anderson

Back Row:  Simon Tebbe, Matt Weber, Clayton Hardman and James Kelly.

Scott Anderson, Clayton Hardman, James Kelly, Simon Tebbe, Matt Weber, J Whelan were recognized for having outstanding achievement for having higher than a 4.0 grade point average.

You need to be a junior or senior in high school and have a 3.6 grade point average to qualify. 

Congrats to all for your fine work!

Greenwich Water Polo Travel Teams Excel at 2010 Junior Olympics Tournament

Four boys teams in 4 age groups (12/under, 14/under 16/under and 18/under) qualified for the 2010 Junior Olympics Tournament and fared well in the national competition.  The 14/under and 12/under boys teams finished 12th and 24th in the Platinum Bracket and 12th and 24th in the country and the 16/under and 18/under teams both finished 9th in the Gold Bracket. 

The girls 14/under team qualified for the Platinum Bracket and the 12/under qualified for the Gold Bracket.  Results of the tournament will be available shortly. 

No other clubs east of Mississippi sent as many teams to represent their region at the 2010 Junior Olympics.  Congrats to all players.


Matt Weber Named to US Junior National Team

Matt Weber, 17, who has grown up playing for Greenwich Water Polo and now is in-coming captain of the Greenwich High School Boys Water Polo team was recently named to the USA Junior National Training Team. 

After scoring nine goals in an 18-15 win over the Southeast team in the 92 & under East-West All Region Tournament, GWP's Matt Weber was named to the All Region - All Tournament Team and selected for the Junior National Training Team.  Congratulations Matt!!