Varsity Boys Water Polo

Sacred Heart Prep 10, Bellarmine 5

Date of competition: Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Getting three goals from senior Connor Still and 14 saves from senior goalie Ben Dearborn, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team wrapped up the West Catholic Athletic League regular-season title with a 10-5 victory over visiting Bellarmine on Thursday. The Gators completed a perfect 6-0 sweep through the league while improving to 16-4 overall. Senior David Culpan, junior Philip Bamberg and senior Robert Dunlevie all added two goals for the Gators, who jumped to a 5-1 halftime lead and led 7-2 heading into the final quarter. Senior Will Maier also scored for SHP on Senior Day, as the Gators honored their eight graduating players -- five of whom started.

Sacred Heart earned the No. 1 seed for next week's WCAL tournament, which begins on Tuesday. The Gators will have a bye into the semifinals next Friday. The championship match will be Nov. 7 at Bellarmine. The Gators need to win the league tournament to be declared league champs, something they shared with St. Francis last season.

West Catholic Athletic League
Bellarmine 0 1 1 2 -- 5
Sacred Heart Prep 2 3 2 3 10
Bell -- Roller, MacDonell, Hamilton, Schaff, M. Amm.
SHP -- Still 3, Culpan 2, Bamberg 2, Dunlevie 2, Maier.
Records: Sacred Heart Prep 6-0 (16-4)

posted by Palo Alto Online on Oct 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Sacred Heart Prep senior goalie Ben Dearborn had 14 saves as the Gators defeated Bellarmine, 10-5, to win the WCAL regular-season title on Thursday. File photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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