Stanford Red 18U boys win gold medal at JOs


Philip Bamberg, Mark Garner, Peter Simon, Colin Mulcahy, Robert Dunlevie, Thomas Agramonte and coach Brian Kreutzkamp provided a historic chapter in the Stanford Water Polo Club's history book when they won the boys' 16U title at the 2008 National Junior Olympics in Orange County.

The following two seasons, that same group was the core of the 16s team that finished second in 2009 and the 18s squad that finished eighth last year. Down to their final season together, that veteran group added another chapter to the history book on Tuesday by winning another gold medal.

With the Stanford Red 18U team back in Orange County, it finished off a 7-1 performance in the four-day Junior Olympics by defeating Regency, 15-11, to win the Platinum Division crown at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

The victory avenged Stanford's only loss, a 9-6 setback to Regency on Monday. Regency features players primarily from private school power Mater Dei.

Regency was heavily favored to beat Stanford again, but the veteran six wouldn't let it happen. With Mulcahy, the division MVP, tossing in key goals, Stanford overcame its host and won the club's second JO gold medal since 1993.

Stanford advanced to the championship match following an 11-9 victory over San Diego Shores 'A' earlier Tuesday.

The Stanford Red 18U roster included goalie Alex Gow, backup goalie Daniel Schwart, Alex Bagdasarian, Dante Cavazos, Casey Fleming, Patrick Goodenough, Nick Hale, Max Schell, Adam Warmoth plus Agramonte, Bamberg, Dunlevie, Garner and Simon.

Also on the final day of the Junior Olympics:

The Stanford White 18U boys' water polo team wrapped up a 4-3-1 performance with a 13-10 loss to South Pasadena in the Gold Division finale at Costa Mesa High. Stanford reached the finals with a 14-4 win over San Diego Shores 'B' earlier in the day.

In boys' 16s action, Stanford Red (5-3-1) finished fourth following a 7-6 loss to SoCal Black while Stanford White (2-5) finished in the 21-24 position with a 17-1 rout of Puget Sound.

In boys' 14s, Stanford Red (5-1-1) defeated Rose Bowl Red, 10-9, to take ninth in the Platinum Division while Stanford White (4-4) finished strongly and took 13th in the Gold Division with a 3-2 win over Chicago Park District.

In boys' 12s, Stanford Red (5-2-1) took 17th in the Platinum Division with an 8-7 win over Greenwich Aquatics while Stanford White (1-6) finished in the 19-22 position after dropping a 10-9 decision to Clovis.

— Keith Peters

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