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Hornets Beat Riverside, Finish 6-4 in League Play

The Enumclaw High School Boys Water Polo Team beat league rival Auburn Riverside 14-13 on Thursday in a tough game between two state tournament bound teams.

The visiting Ravens got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first four minutes, to take a 2-0 lead. Hornet Mason Culp put Enumclaw on the scoreboard when he scored on Enumclaw's third power play, with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Raven Luke Andrews scored a minute later, and Enumclaw's Will Cooper scored with 47 seconds left in the quarter, for a 3-2 Riverside advantage going into the second quarter.

Auburn Riverside, led by Thomas Henline's three goals, scored six in the second quarter, and held the Hornets to four goals, holding a 9-6 lead at halftime. The Hornet defense adjusted to Riverside's play at center, and turned up their offense to outscore the Ravens 5-1 in the third period, and take an 11-10 lead into the final period.

Both teams played tough through the final period, with the score tied twice in the final four minutes of the game, but Mason Culp put the Hornets ahead for good with a goal with 2:49 left in the game.

The Hornets had scoring from five players in the win – Bennon VanHoof scored four, Gabe Sales and Mason Culp each scored three, and Thomas Petersen and Will Cooper scored two each. Goalkeeper Austin Kaehn had 13 saves in the game.

Enumclaw finished their regular season with a 6-4 league record; 14-11 overall.

Both teams will advance to the State tournament next week, with group play beginning on Thursday, November 3. Details will be posted on this web site as they become available.