Time to roar: Lions ready for the hunt – Water Polo

Mark Fernandez, Staff Writer

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Varsity Water Polo looks to make a splash this year as they head into the inaugural season for Ivy League Water Polo and their Homecoming game against Fieldston tomorrow.

The league is comprised of Fieldston, Trinity, and the newly created Riverdale water polo team.

“The year has gotten off to a great start with each and every practice being great,” Donny Howard (11) said.

Varsity Water Polo Head Coach Michael Duffy has been a huge factor in practices as well, Lorenzo Hess (12) said. “He’s smart, he knows how to manage the team, build trusting relationships among the players, and knows what to say to help players improve their skills,” Hess said.

“The new pool and facilities are amazing. The pool will put us at an immense advantage over our competition,” Howard said.

The new pool offers numerous options for practices and allows the JV and Varsity teams to be split up, something Coach Duffy has not been able to do in his 21 years at the school, Duffy said.

“I hope that the new pool encourages as many spectators as intended for Homecoming because that always helps excite the games,” Howard said. “Playing at Homecoming brings an unparalleled sense of school pride and energy,” Howard said.

“The atmosphere was great last year as the team went into overtime and won on a backhand shot,” Duffy said.

After graduating four seniors last year, the team is looking towards new and improved players to fill the void like Walker McCarthy (9), said Howard.

Another player to watch out for is Lorenzo Hess (12), Song said.

“He has been able to make insane shots throughout his career,” Song said.

“Abigail Salzhauer (11) and Irati Egorho Diaz (11) are new on the varsity team and are two people you should also watch for this year,” Duffy said.

Ben Hu (12) said to look out for Donny Howard who is “downright amazing at goalie.”

“Our goal is to have fun, work hard as a team, get to know each other as a team, and hopefully play better water polo as we progress through the season,” Duffy said.