Mens Water Polo

SET 7, Stanford Red 16s 6

Date of competition: Monday, July 27, 2009

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The defending national champion Stanford Red 16s dropped their first match of the 2009 S&R Sport Junior Olympics, a 7-6 loss to SET on Monday at Menlo-Atherton High. Had Stanford won, it had a free pass into Tuesday morning's semifinals. The loss, however, forced Stanford to play another match Monday at Stanford's Avery Pool at 6:40 p.m., with that winner advancing to the semifinals.

Stanford grabbed a 3-0 halftime lead on goals by Peter Simon, Mark Garner and Thomas Agramonte. SET (Saddleback El Toro), however, began taking more chances on defense in the second half while attempting to get more fastbreaks. That tactic forced Stanford to be more tentative on offense. Stanford was outscored in the third quarter, 3-0, as SET battled back to tie.

The teams traded goals in the fourth quarter with Garner giving Stanford a brief 4-3 lead, Colin Mulcahy tying the game at 5 with 1:39 to play and Philip Bamberg deadlocking the match at 6 with just 35.8 seconds remaining. Following a timeout by SET, Bamberg was called for a kickout and SET took advantage with a goal with just 3.88 seconds to play.

Stanford hurt itself with two key penalties and two 5-on-6 situtations, all four of which SET converted for goals. Garner led Stanford with two goals.

posted by Keith Peters on Jul 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Philip Bamberg (4) of the Stanford Red 16s scored one goal during his team's 7-6 loss to SET on Monday at the S&R Sport Junior Olympics at Menlo-Atherton High. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Thomas Agramonte (left) of the Stanford Red 16s forces a loose ball with his defense during a 7-6 loss to SET on Monday at the S&R Sport Junior Olympics at Menlo-Atherton High. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Peter Simon of the Stanford Red 16s scores the game's first goal during his team's 7-6 loss to SET on Monday at the S&R Sport Junior Olympics at Menlo-Atherton High. A win would have put Stanford directly into Tuesday's semifinals. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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