Water Polo Goes 4-2 in West Coast Foray


The Aquatic Rams continued their breakout season with a successful road trip.

By Maria Trivelpiece

The Aquatic Rams continued their breakout season with a successful road trip. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

With just a little more than a week left until its home opener, the Fordham University men’s water polo team is really making a splash. It has beaten a top ranked team in George Washington, upset difficult opponents, gutted out gruesome overtime games and even earned a spot in the Top 20 Rankings Poll. This past week, it continued on its journey to a MAWPC championship as the team headed to California to battle some of the best water polo teams in the country.

The Aquatic Rams began their Cali campaign strong with two victories over Redlands and Mt. San Antonio. In the two matches, the Rams had very strong offensive outings as they outscored their opponents 29-15. Junior utility player Magnus Sims was the standout in the first match of the day, scoring four goals in the contest while sophomore ulility player George Maltby matched Sims with four in the second match of the day. Riding high, the Rams looked to take on the No. 15 team in the country: Cal Baptist.

However, the Lancers of Cal Baptist proved to be too much for the Rams, as they walked away with a 12-9 victory. For Fordham, graduate student attacker Massi Mirachi had four goals, and sophomore defender Jake Miller-Tolt followed closely behind with three, but it was not enough. Yet the rowdy Rams did not get discouraged. They bounced back quickly and defeated Occidental in the second match of the day 13-4.

“Our team defense was key; and our goalies were key because they played amazing in California,” said Miller-Tolt.

After four grueling matches, the Fordham University men’s water polo team had two more contests before heading back to the Bronx.

It began its last day in California against La Verne. This time, the Rams’ offense came to play, scoring four goals in both the first and second quarters. Miller-Tolt and Mirachi continued their dominance with Miller-Tolt scoring six goals and Mirachi four.

“As a team, we grow more and more every tournament,” said Miller-Tolt in response to the tremendous performance by the Rams.

In the last match of the trip, Fordham did fall to Fresno Pacific; however, its campaign of the West Coast ended in a 4-2 record. The overall record improves to 11-6.
The Rams are not surprised with their success, and are actually looking to improve.

“I think with the talent we have, we are expected to do this well,” said Miller-Tolt. “Our coach put us in a great position to win our conference and despite losing some games we become stronger and more prepared to take on every team in our league.”

The team has been consistent. It has represented its school better than could have ever been expected, and will be showing off its skills in the pool on Oct. 18 in the Bronx when it takes on Wagner at 7:30 p.m.