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Full Stretch Of Water Polo Continues With Dual Trips To Princeton

Posted on: September 22, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: Coming off a full week that saw the Milford High School water polo programs (varsity and junior varsity) compete in 18 games in a four-day stretch, the Eagles are back in the water starting today (September 22) with a full slate, all at Princeton High School. The boys squad, owners of a 4-15 record, are up first when they take part in Princeton’s Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The girls squad (4-15-1), who is idle from competition this weekend, gets back to it joining their male counterparts for a doubleheader at Princeton coming up on Tuesday.

 

THE BOYS REPORT: St. Xavier Tournament Game 1 vs. St. Francis: In its first competition at St. X’s Invite which was contested at Coney Island, the Eagles fell to Toledo St. Francis by a 10-4 score. Jan Rae Chavez led the defense in the loss with six steals.

 

St. Xavier Tournament Game 2 vs. Bluff City: In the first of two consecutive match-ups with Bluff City from Tennessee, the Eagles dropped a closely contested game by a 9-8 score. Jan Rae Chavez, Branham Leavens and Matt Schnelle scored two goals apiece for the Eagles.

 

St. Xavier Tournament Game 3 vs. Bluff City: The Eagles bounced back from the earlier defeat with another close one, this time coming out on the right end of an 8-7 decision over Bluff City. Jan Rae Chavez and Branham Leavens again scored two goals each, while Matt Schnelle paced the defense with three steals.

 

St. Xavier Tournament Game 4 vs. St. Xavier: Milford played in its third straight game decided by a single goal, coming up just shy to the host Bombers, 14-13. Evan Higgins had a big day with four goals, while on defense, Nate Klick and Matt Schnelle each came up with five steals.

 

St. Xavier Tournament Game 5 vs. Sycamore: The theme of close matches for the Eagles continued as they played Sycamore tight before falling by a 9-7 score. Four goals by Branham Leavens paced the offense, while Braden Kennedy contributed three steals on defense.

 

St. Xavier Tournament Game 6 vs. Oakwood: Milford closed tournament play with its best performance of the weekend, crushing Oakwood, 18-7. The trio of Branham Leavens (4), Nate Klick (3) and Matt Schnelle (3) combined for 10 of the Eagles’ 18 scores.

 

September 19 vs. St. Xavier: A return home didn’t provide a win as the Eagles fell to St. Xavier, 10-7. Jan Rae Chavez was a standout on offense for the Eagles, while Tyler Blimeline had a strong performance in goal.

 

THE GIRLS REPORT: Ohio Cup Game 1 vs. Princeton: The first of several close results over the weekend saw Milford come up just shy against local rival Princeton, suffering a 6-4 setback. Ellen Victory scored a pair of goals for Milford, while Aracia Spencer had two steals on defense.

 

Ohio Cup Game 2 vs. Worthington Kilbourne: Yet another nail-biter ended in the rare water polo tie as Milford and Kilbourne ended up knotted at six apiece. The scoring was handled for Milford by Stephanie Karan and Ellen Victory, while Megan Krieger put up a strong six steal performance on defense.

 

Ohio Cup Game 3 vs. Upper Arlington: In a very hard fought game, Upper Arlington finished with the upper hand over Milford by a 9-4 final. The Eagle defense was strong, keyed by Stephanie Karan and Ellen Victory with three steals each and a solid goalie performance by Carly Mills (four steals and six blocks).

 

Ohio Cup Game 4 vs. Columbus Hawks: A heartbreaking overtime thriller ended with the Hawks escaping with a 13-12 win over the Eagles. Stephanie Karan turned in a huge performance with four goals and three steals.

 

Ohio Cup Game 5 vs. Worthington: The Eagles were able to secure 11th place in the final Ohio Cup standings after a runaway 15-3 win over Worthington. Ellen Victory was on fire, finishing with eight goals and 10 steals, while Megan Krieger tacked on four scores.

 

September 19 vs. Cincinnati Mavericks: Ellen Victory continued her big scoring run with three goals but it wasn’t enough in a 9-6 loss to the Mavericks. Acacia Spencer was big on defense with a half-dozen steals.

 

POLL TALK: In the latest Ohio High School Water Polo rankings, both Eagles squads are ranked 10th in the state. The rankings are computed with a unique formula where teams earn two points for a winning record in a series against any Ohio team. If the series is tied, each team will earn one point. A team will earn zero points for a losing record in a series. The number of points is divided by the number of series played for an overall score. Games against non-Ohio teams do not count in the rankings but are reported in the overall record.