Boys water polo team sinks Sycamore, 17-10

Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer

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The boys water polo team splashed their way to victory, beating rival team Sycamore 17-10.

Beating Sycamore last year, head coach Mark Sullivan says that it is nice to be able to win again.

“I used to teach and coach at Sycamore, and they have always been a good rival of us,” Sullivan said.

Senior Adam Manguiat said that Sycamore has been Mason’s rival for the past couple years and it feels great to beat them.

“I think we did pretty well; we didn’t really make that many mistakes,” Manguiat said. “The ones we did, we fixed later in the game.”

Winning against Sycamore isn’t the only thing on the team’s mind. Taking home sixth last year at state, Manguiat feels like boys water polo can win state this October.

“We have beat every team in the state so far, so I think we can do it,” Manguiat said. “Last year there was a lot of just ‘get the ball to Greg (Gruseck) and he will score’. I think we are a lot more of a team this year.”

According to senior Mark Iannuzzi, the team still has a lot of work to do for state.

“We need to keep working, but we are getting better,” Iannuzzi said. “The way we played, we should do a great job, but it just depends on who will step up and play as a team.”

With Tuesday’s win pushing the team in the right direction, Sullivan thinks that they are in really good shape for state.

“We have potential to get to state finals, and that’s our overall objective,” Sullivan said.

Iannuzzi said his favorite parts of playing are the team bonding, the competitiveness, and working hard as a team in whole.

“The team played well; a lot of people stepped off the bench,” Iannuzzi said. “We just played well as a cohesive unit.”

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