Water Polo Wins Three Straight


Ethan Vandeventer scored the deciding goal in the win over Wagner.

By Maria Trivelpiece

Ethan Vandeventer scored the deciding goal in the win over Wagner. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After a highly successful preseason showing, the Fordham University men’s water polo team was finally ready to showcase their skills back in their Bronx home. They debuted on Wednesday, Oct. 18 with a win against their MAWPC rival, Wagner University; however, the victory was no easy task.

After one quarter of play, the Rams were down 3-1, and made it looked as if the preseason success would just be an afterthought. Then, the Aquatic Rams did what they do best: battle. They scored three goals in the second quarter and six more in the second half to put away the Seahawks of Wagner.

However, it was a short celebration before the Rams had to get back in the pool the very next day to face off with Mercyhurst and Salem-International. For most teams, playing three games in a matter of 48 hours may have been a problem, but, as usual, the Rams did not seem phased. With two great team efforts and superb offense, Fordham defeated Mercyhurst 14-5. Shortly after, they beat Salem-International 12-5.

As usual, graduate student attacker Massimiiano Mirachi was fantastic in all three games. That being said, Fordham has begun to demonstrate a collaboration that could be the last piece to the puzzle. More and more Rams are scoring, more and more Rams are stepping up; most importantly, more and more games are being won, and won decisively. Sophomore defender Jake Miller-Tolt, senior defender Ethan Vanderventer and junior two-meter specialist Ian Watson all contributed with big goals over the weekend. Along with the offense, the team defense dynamic was great, allowing just 18 goals in three games, as opposed to the Rams’ 38.

After Fordham’s trip to California, Miller-Tolt said, “We can’t just rely on Massi [Mirachi] to score. Once more people start stepping up, we will be great.”

With three victories and a ton of team scoring, it looks as though Miller-Tolt may have been right. It also appears that the already dangerous Rams have found yet another way to be even more dominant over their opponents.

Coming into this weekend, Fordham maintained its ranking of 20th in the nation, and, after their success, it will be interesting to see where they will stand among the other great water polo teams in the nation.

The season is nowhere near over either; as the Rams will travel to Iona this Thursday. They will not be back in the Bronx until Nov. 4. They will wrap up their final five games all at home. Their pursuit of the MAWPC Championship is heating up. With the team starting to climb to a peak at the perfect time, it will be awesome to see where the Rams end up come tournament time.