Aquatic Rams Look to End Season on a High Note


Massimilano Mirachi shoots on goal against Navy. The Rams won 11-8.

By Maria Trivelpiece

Massimilano Mirachi shoots on goal against Navy. The Rams won 11-8. (Owen Corrigan/The Fordham Ram)

The end of the regular season is drawing near, and the Fordham University men’s water polo team is narrowing its sights on a MAWPC Championship. With one match to go, the Rams are looking to end on a victory to propel them into tournament play which begins on Nov. 17 in Annapolis, MD. Fordham, who is currently 16-10, started off the season strong, but has hit some rough spots within their last few matches.

Their struggles began with their loss to Iona as the Rams fell 11-10. Since then, the team has a record of 2-3, which is extremely uncharacteristic for the rowdy Rams who have done so well up until this point of the season. Although the losses have been close, it seems as if the Rams always fall short. Nevertheless, the aquatic Rams are still battling for the title they set their sights on earlier in the year.

This past Sunday, the Rams defeated John Hopkins University 11-8, but it was not an easy victory. Fordham trailed by one after the first quarter. They made a four-goal run in the second; however, in the third John Hopkins crept up again coming within one of the Rams’ lead. Then, in Fordham men’s water polo fashion, graduate student attacker Massimiliano Mirachi and sophomore defender Jake Miller-Tolt combined for seven of the team’s 11 goals leading their team to a much needed victory.

The team hoped that the momentum in its morning win would carry the team through its afternoon match against Bucknell University. The Rams had already battled with the 18th ranked Bison previously in the year, but came up short losing 9-8 in a thrilling overtime match. Looking for redemption, Fordham jumped into a 3-2 lead by the second quarter. But, Bucknell was not going to go away. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the game. The Bison’s Rade Joksimovic scored a total of five times, and Charlie Niehaus was stellar in goal. Ultimately, the strong duo proved to be too much for the Rams. Miller-Tolt scored with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter, but Bucknell answered with two more goals defeating Fordham 8-6.

However, the Rams have a chance to redeem themselves with one more opportunity to end their regular season on a positive note. On Thursday, Nov. 9, they will host St. Francis Brooklyn; and, as is tradition, the last home match is senior night. The emotions will be running high, the frustrations from the previous loss will add fuel and the Fordham University men’s water polo team will be ready to put on a show for its fans in the Bronx. As a team that has been ranked in the Top 25 Poll numerous times, these Rams will not be knocked down too easily. Postseason is drawing near and the water polo team of Fordham is looking to overcome this recent rut and snag the MAWPC Championship it has been striving towards since so many weeks before.