Mens Water Polo

Stanford Red 18s 7, San Diego Shores 6

Date of competition: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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The Stanford Red 18s boys' water polo team withstood a late rally by San Diego Shores and hung on for a 7-6 victory in the third-place game of the Platinum Division at the S&R Sport Junior Olympics on Tuesday at Stanford's Avery Pool.

Stanford, which also finished third in last summer's JO tournament, bounced back from a disappointing 11-6 loss in the morning semifinals to earn a second straight bronze medal while finishing 6-1 in the four-day tournament.

Stanford coach Brian Kreutzkamp knew his team had more depth, so he decided to throw as many bodies as possible at San Diego Shores in attempt to tire its players. Kreutzkamp started his second team in the first and third quarters and by the time his starters returned for the fourth period, Stanford held a 6-2 lead following goals by Paul Rudolph and David Culpan.

Scott Bishop scored for Stanford with 5:08 left in the game for what seemed to be a safe 7-3 lead. Stanford appeared to back off its aggressive approach, which allowed San Diego to score three unanswered goals at the end of the game. The last one came with 19 seconds left to play.

Miguel Martin de Bustamante scored two goals to lead Stanford's offense while Culpan, Rudolph, Mark Hudnall, Bishop and John Butler all added one. Scott Platshon started in goal and was solid throughout, after being pulled following one quarter in the morning semifinal.

For Kreutzkamp, the four-day tourney was a success. His team earned a medal and played both teams that reached the finals -- beating runnerup Lamorinda in the quarterfinals and losing to JO champ SoCal Black in the semis. SoCal won the title with a 10-8 victory.

posted by Keith Peters on Jul 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Jul 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Stanford Reds 18s coach Brian Kreutzkamp makes his point during a timeout at Tuesday's third-place game victory over San Diego Shores at the S&R Sport Junior Olympics at Stanford. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
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