Follow the Enumclaw (WA) High School Water Polo Teams on Twitter @EnumclawPolo and Instagram @EnumclawWaterPolo. You can contact us by email at enumclawpolo@gmail.com

Hornets Lose Heartbreaker to Kentridge

The Enumclaw Boys Water Polo Team suffered a tough loss to league rival Kentridge, 18-17, on Tuesday at the Enumclaw Aquatic Center.

Enumclaw got off to a fast start when Hornet Captain Jack Pugh scored on the Hornets' first possession, 14 seconds into the game.  The Hornets were ahead 4-3 midway through the opening period when Senior Captain Bryce VanHoof scored on a power play, and again on Enumclaw's next possession to take a 6-3 lead with 2:30 left in the quarter. VanHoof scored two more, and Kentridge's Jake Davies scored one in the final two minutes of the quarter, for an 8-4 Hornet advantage.

Kentridge outscored Enumclaw 3-2 in the second period, for a 10-7 Enumclaw lead at halftime. The teams traded goals in the third quarter, when Senior Quinn Warner fouled out with 1:33 left in the period; VanHoof scored on a tip in the last second, to give the Hornets a 14-10 lead going into the final period.

Kentridge rallied in the final quarter, outscoring the home team 4-3 in the first four minutes, when Pugh fouled out with 2:52 remaining. Kentridge scored four in the remaining time, while holding the Hornets scoreless, for the 18-17 Kentridge win.

VanHoof scored 12 for the Hornets in the loss; Pugh scored two. Nathan March, Brett Butler, and Kyle Morgan each scored one. Kentridge scoring was led by Nick Haas with six goals.  Jake Davies added four, and Josh Lee, Nick Cappetto, Ethan Mitchell, and Jonathon Barte scored two apiece.

The loss leaves Enumclaw and Kentridge tied for second place in the East Division, at 6-2; the Hornets are 12-5 overall. Both teams have qualified for post-season play. The Regional Tournament will take place on November 7 & 8 at either Rogers High School in Puyallup, or Curtis High School in University Place.

The Hornets host Emerald Ridge on Thursday at 7:30, and celebrate Senior Night. Enumclaw has one more home game the following week, hosting Stadium on Saturday, October 25, and four remaining away games before the Regional Tournament.