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The second day of the 14th annual Dan Lynch Water Polo Tournament began with a duel between two strong defensive teams, but it was the host team that came out on top.
The Fenwick boys water polo team (6-0) defeated cross-town rival OPRF 10-2 on Friday and went on to win its own tournament with a 6-5 win over defending state champ Lyons Township on Saturday.
The Friars took an 8-0 lead against the Huskies going into the final quarter, thanks in part to a four-goal second quarter. Sophomore Danny Farmer got things started in the second with a goal with 4:01 left, and senior Matt Farmer wasted no time following with a goal of his own with 3:57 to go in the half. Matt Farmer capped off the second quarter with another goal with 30 seconds to go to give the Friars a 6-0 lead at the halfway point.
"There was great improvement from the way we've been playing the last week," said Friars senior Mike Mahoney. "We came out hard and said that we wanted to improve from our previous games. We've been conditioning a lot, and putting together our offense and defense."
The Huskies were unable to get their offense going until late in the fourth quarter, as senior Nathan Pimental notched the first goal for his team under the arm of Fenwick goalie Tommy McGuire with 2:46 left to play after drawing a kick-out.
"It was just how we practiced it," Pimental said. "Get it out, get it back in, turn around and shoot. I enjoy stuff like that because we really clicked as a team on that play."
Harry Carpenter tallied the Huskies' other goal in the fourth with 1:10 left in the game to keep their offensive effort going. Despite the lopsided loss, Pimental said he was proud of the defensive effort of his Huskies, who had only given up four goals per game prior to Friday's matchup.
"We played a good defensive game," said Pimental. "We just had a lot of plays where one person would make a mistake and (Fenwick) would capitalize. If we get our team together, our defense can be even better than it was today."
Matt Farmer and senior Matt Bresnahan led the Friars with three goals apiece, while Danny Farmer notched two. McGuire tallied four saves and a steal in Friday's victory.
The Friars jumped out to an early lead, as junior Omar Calderon got things started with a goal with 5:18 left in the opening frame. Bresnahan followed with a goal of his own with 54 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Fenwick head coach Kyle Perry said that his team has the potential to get even better as the season goes on.
"Our offense hasn't totally clicked yet, and we were alright defensively," he said after Friday's match. "It's only the third week, hopefully by April we'll be playing even better defense."
Led by Pimental's three goals, OPRF went on to defeat Curie 9-7.