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Water Polo To Host Girls Invite, Mason In Coming Days

Posted on: August 31, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: The Milford High School water polo teams will look for continuous improvement when they hit the pool over the next several days for a couple of events. Both teams will be looking to shake off slow starts (boys 1-7, girls 1-6) when they return to the friendly confines of the Milford Natatorium for the first time this season. The girls team is up first, hosting a two-day Milford Invitational beginning with junior varsity action on Friday. Both teams will then welcome Mason for a quadruple-header next Tuesday night (September 5).


ABOUT THE INVITE: For the first time this season, Milford will swing open the doors of its Natatorium for a tournament as they girls squad hosts an invitational event. The schedule for the weekend is as follows:



#1        3:30      JV        SYCAMORE     MILFORD

#2        4:20      JV        MASON            PRINCETON

#3        5:10      JV        MAVERICKS    UA

#4        6:00      JV        SYCAMORE     WORTHINGTON

#5        6:50      JV        MILFORD         MAVERICKS

#6        7:40      JV        MASON            UA

#7        8:30      JV        PRINCETON    WORTHINGTON




#8         8:00      V          HAWKS            MAVERICKS

#9         8:55      V          MILFORD          KILBOURNE

#10       9:50      V          MAVERICKS     THOMAS

#11       10:45    V          SYCAMORE     UA

#12       11:40    V          KILBOURNE      PRINCETON

#13       12:35    V          MILFORD          HAWKS

#14       1:30      V          MASON            UA

#15       2:25      V          SYCAMORE     THOMAS

#16       3:20      V          PRINCETON      HAWKS

#17       4:15      V          MASON            MAVERICKS


THE BOYS REPORT: Game 1 vs. St. Charles: For the second straight tournament, the Eagles opened against a strong St. Charles team (ranked #1 in Ohio) and fell by a score of 19-9. The Milford offensive attack was paced by a pair of seniors as Branham Leavens and Kam Weaver finished with three goals apiece. The defense was speared by Nathan Klick’s three steals.


Game 2 vs. Worthington: Four different Eagles scored a goal and the Eagles played solid defense but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Worthington by an 18-4 score.


Game 3 vs. Princeton: Milford wrapped up tournament play against Princeton, but couldn’t overcome the Vikings in an 18-4 setback. Senior Jan Rae Chavez scored two of the Eagles four goals, while classmate Branham Leavens produced a team-high five steals on defense.


THE GIRLS REPORT: Game 1 vs. Princeton: Milford kicked off tournament play with a narrow 7-6 setback to the host Vikings. Junior Stephanie Karan found the back of the net on two occasions to pace the Milford offensive attack, while Ellen Victory and Jill Krieger paced the defense with a combined five steals.


Game 2 vs. Mavericks: Despite an outstanding individual performance from junior Ellen Victory, the Eagles dropped their second Princeton Invitational match to the Mavericks by a 12-6 score. For the game, Victory scored four goals and added four steals on defense to lead Milford.


Game 3 vs. Mason: Milford took on the Comets with a balanced offensive attack that saw multiple players score goals in a 16-7 defeat. On defense, Stephanie Karan totaled four steals.


Game 4 vs. Sycamore: The Eagles’ tournament finale saw some new faces leading the way as juniors Felicity Gentry and Lindsay Schaeffer each scored a pair of goals in a 10-5 loss to Sycamore. Another fresh face, sophomore Acacia Spencer captured six steals to pace the defense.


COACH SPEAK: Head coach Kevin Metzger shared these thoughts on the boys team’s weekend at the Mason Invitational: “The boys team is working on playing a more strategic game. We have a very physical team and we need to use that to our advantage. Our offense has too much contact right which generates many turnovers. We have been working hard in practice generating a quicker moving offense that utilizes an appropriate amount of contact.”


Coach Metzger had these thoughts following the girls day at Princeton: “As you can see, many of our players are putting stats on the board. Our goal is to create a more aggressive and physical style of play compared to previous years. The game against Princeton was probably the most memorable over the weekend. The girls were able to play aggressively on defense and offense. They also exhibited true skill while working the ball around our offense. I look forward to seeing what they can do this weekend at the Milford Invite.”


POLL TALK: In the latest Ohio High School Water Polo rankings, the Eagles boys squad is ranked 10th in the state, while their female counterparts sit ninth. 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.