Falcons earn first conference win in water polo; 19-11 over Concordia

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. Justin Harrison scored five goals and Luke Andres scored four to lead Air Force to a 19-11 win over Concordia in a Western Water Polo Association game Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Cadet Natatorium. It was the first conference games for each team.

Air Force scored the first four goals of the game as Ian Shepherd, Harrison, Andres and Reagan Pittman all scored in the first four minutes. Concordia’s Dan Maleski scored at 3:27, but Harrison and Andres each scored their second of the game for a 6-2 lead at the end of the first.

Andres scored twice from Shepherd in the first two minutes of the second quarter for an 8-2 Falcon advantage. Ryan Dorris scored for Air Force and Nick Walker scored for CUI for a 9-3 AF lead at the

CUI’s Ashley Barton scored five seconds into the third quarter, as the teams traded goals early in the second half. Sam Fuller, Campbell Harris and Harrison all scored late in the third for a 14-6 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Each team scored five goals in the fourth quarter. Harrison scored his fifth of the game in the fourth. Freshman Gavin Jones scored two goals while freshman Henry Yevitt and sophomore Jack Alexander also found the back of the net.

Air Force sophomore James Burke started in goal and made seven saves in the first three quarters. Freshman Anthony Tolbert made his fifth appearance of the season and made three saves in the fourth.

“I’m really proud of the guys today,” head coach Ryan Brown said. “We got the lead early in the game and were able to keep fresh players in the water. The focus this week was on details and we did a great job with that today.”

Air Force (2-7, 1-0 WWPA) returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a conference road game at Loyola Marymount.