Oct 17 – Acalanes Dons Water Polo Team Silenced by DFAL Rival Campolindo

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The Acalanes Men’s water polo team has had a rollercoaster of season, which took a turn for the worse last Wednesday October 17, as the Dons faced off against their cross-town rivals the Campolindo Cougars. Traditionally, the Dons have overcome the Cougars without much of a challenge, defeating them in last year’s NCS quarterfinals by a ten-goal difference. Unfortunately for the Dons, however, history did not repeat itself, and the Cougars came out claws bared, jumping to a three-goal lead at the half. Late in the fourth quarter, after lying dormant for the majority of the game, the Dons offense had a sudden revival, sparked by seniors Jacob Welcomer and Connor Reid. The Dons managed to slim the score margin from five goals to one, but weren’t able to capitalize on their final offensive possession and the game ended with a final score of 13-12. This loss puts the Dons at a 2-2 record in the DFAL (Diablo Foothill Athletic League), and leaves them scrambling for a shot at an NCS playoff berth, something that is no longer a guarantee for the team. The Dons will go up against the Las Lomas Knights next week in the final round of DFAL play, and are hoping to end league play on a high note and gain some momentum heading into the final weeks of the season.

Tommy Bush