LA JOLLA, Calif. – The 12th-ranked Air Force water polo team wrapped up its first weekend of competition Sunday, dropping a pair of games at the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego. The Falcons lost a 12-11 overtime decision to former conference foe Redlands, while falling to top-ranked USC, 23-2.
Air Force’s game against Redlands was its third close contest of the weekend, and the second-straight game that went into extra periods. The Falcons never held a lead against the Bulldogs, who closed out each of the first three periods with a one-goal lead. With Air Force trailing 10-9 in the final minutes of regulation, sophomore Kevin Womack (Redlands, Calif.) tallied his first score of the season with just six seconds on the clock, sending the game into overtime. However, the Bulldogs were able to outscore the Falcons 2-1 in the overtime periods to take the victory.
Senior Andrew Hamilton (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and junior Dominic Vicino (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) led the Falcons’ offense against Redlands with two goals each, while senior co-captain Josh Stedman (Brea, Calif.) added a goal and three assists.
In its final game of the weekend, Air Force was unable to get its offense going, falling to the five-time defending national champion Trojans. USC led 14-0 before junior Jantz Johnson (Murrieta, Calif.) recorded the Falcons’ first goal in the game, late in the second quarter. Air Force’s only other score came from Vicino, who found the back of the net at the 5:20 mark in the final stanza.
After a break from competition next weekend, the Falcons return to action Sept. 21-22 at the annual NorCal Tournament, hosted this year by Cal.