Boys Water Polo
In this epic clash between the Raiders and the Marauders
The top-ranked varsity water polo teams in Northern California, your Rio American Raiders and Jesuit HS varsity brought their A-game to the pool, delivering a showdown that will be remembered for seasons to come on Tuesday 10/17.
With the stakes raised by their elite rankings, the intensity of the match was palpable. The Rio American Raiders, boasting an impressive overall record of 17-3, outscored Jesuit 15-11 in a display of skill, strategy, and determination. The six Raiders who contributed to the scoring demonstrated the team's depth and offensive prowess, showcasing why they are a force to be reckoned with in the water polo scene.
Harper Gardner, the Raiders' exceptional goalkeeper, further solidified their reputation with incredible saves that not only protected the Raiders' lead but also highlighted the top-tier talent on display in this high-stakes matchup.
Maintaining discipline and staying out of foul trouble in such a closely contested game speaks volumes about the Raiders' focus and composure. Winning three out of four quarters against a formidable rival like Jesuit, especially with such an outstanding overall record, further cements Rio American's standing as the premier water polo team in Northern California.
This victory not only adds another thrilling chapter to the rivalry but also serves as a testament to the Raiders' consistent excellence throughout the season. Fans of both teams must have been treated to a water polo spectacle that showcased the best of Northern California's aquatic talent.
The team's overall record is 17 wins and 3 losses. In the league, they have a perfect 5-0 record. At home, they've won 6 out of 7 games, and on the road, they've secured victory in 2 out of 3 games. In neutral venues, their record is 9 wins and 1 loss. The overall win percentage is .850, and in the league, it's a perfect 1.000. They've scored a total of 301 goals while conceding 123.
The schedule continues with the next home game on Tuesday, 10/24, at 6:00 pm against Ponderosa from Shingle Springs.
Remember that the JV games follow the Varsity games, so plan to stay and support them. There's an extensive snack bar available at all home games, so come ready to snack and cheer! If you haven't watched a water polo game before, you'll be surprised by the physicality and the fast pace of the game.
This Year's Varsity Team:
1 - Harper Gardner (GK • Jr.), 2 - Jack McGoldrick (2M • Sr.), 4 - Lucas Ruano (ATK • So.), 5 - Lucas Von Hagel (ATK • Sr.), 6 - Jacob Keating (ATK • Sr.), 7 - Mati Ruano (UT • Sr.), 8 - Jackson Jeske (2M • So.), 9 - Jackson Kirkley (2MD • So.), 10 - Zachary Tomlin (UT • Sr.), 11 - Jacob Raymond (ATK • Sr.), 14 - Luke Kronbetter (ATK • Sr.), 18 - Josiah Ortego (UT • Sr.), 22 - Ian Rasmussen