Landon Water Polo 16 vs McDonough 14 2O/T’s and then a shoot out

by Chase Christensen ’16 (injured)









This was the Bear’s last home game of the year, and was the biggest home game of the season. The Bears had lost to McDonough earlier in the season, in a heart breaking 1 goal game. The loss happened after the Bears had already played six games in Philly and the Bears were exhausted.

This time the Bears were fresh and were not going to let another one slip to the Eagles. The home team came out roaring. The Bears first two goals of the day came from Captain Rahul Gill ’16. The next goal came from Clayton Henschel ’16. The Eagles posted their first goal after Clayton’s first score. Clayton wasn’t done yet, scoring two more goals before the end of the first period.

End of 1st. Landon 5. McDonough 1.

For the next eight minutes, the home team had to shoot into the shallow end this quarter (the Mr. Dixon pool is a standard swimming pool with both deep and shallow ends). This provides an advantage to the goalie in the 3’ water, because the last defender is allowed to stand and thus to block more of the net. The Bears only goal of the period came off of a Simms Henschel ’19 (Clayton’s cousin), rebound and score. Meanwhile, the Eagles looked to make the game more competitive, scoring 4 goals in the second quarter.

End of 2nd. Bears 6 Eagles 5.

Captain Isher Gill ’16 (Rahul’s brother) found the net for the first goal of the third period. The Eagles then went on to score three straight goals. Simms once again found the goal, his second of the day.

End of 3rd. Bears 8 Eagles 8.

With the game nearing end, the Eagles took the lead for only the second time all day. Clayton Henschel rallied off two goals in a row, both coming off of Conor Durbin ’17, assists. Clayton’s goals came off of the same play run twice in a row. The Eagles then managed a final goal, to send the game into overtime.

End of 4th. Bears 10 Eagles 10.

In Water Polo, rules for overtime are played with two 3 minute quarters, not sudden death. If the score remains tied at the end of both periods, the teams go into a shootout.

Coach Bartman decided to make a big change in the pool, which turned out to be a great decision. He moved goal keeper Hayden Fralin ’16 from the cage and into the field. James Zampella ’16 was then moved into the cage. McDonough started the 1st overtime with the ball and threw a pass to an open man right in front of the cage. As the ball was in the air, James dove in front of the open man and snagged the ball out of the air. He threw the ball deep down the pool, to a streaking Rahul, who buried a breakaway goal. McDonough then scored on their next possession. Then, the same thing happened. James made a save and sent the ball straight down the pool, to another wide open Rahul who buried another fast break. McDonough came down and scored again to tie the game.

End of OT 1. Bears 12 Eagles 12.

At the start of the second overtime the Bears scored a big goal from former goal keeper Hayden, on a pass from Isher. McDonough would then score another goal before the period ended.

End of OT 2. Bears 13 Eagles 13.

In the shootout, much like hockey (since after the sun began to set, the temperature started to plummet to the degree more appropriate for an ice arena) the coaches select 5 swimmers to shot in a predetermined order.

At the start of the shootout, Coach Bartman put Hayden back in the cage. He came up huge and saved the first shot of the shootout. Rahul was the first Bear to shoot in overtime and scored his fifth goal of the day. The Eagles scored their final goal on their second attempt. Harry King came in and ripped a shot to the top left corner of the cage. Hayden then made two more saves. Sophomore Leo Maldonado came in and scored his first goal of the day, which would end the game.

Final. Bears 16. Eagles 14.

The Bear’s Water Polo team needed to win this game badly. This win helps them get a higher seeding in their biggest tournament of the year, the Easterns.

Bear Statistics:

Player goals assists Ejections drawn steals saves  
Clayton Henschel 5   5      
Rahul Gill 5     3    
Conor Durbin:   4   5    
Simms Henschel 2     3    
Harry King 1 2   3    
Isher Gill: 1 2        
Hayden Fralin: 1 1   3 17  
Leo Maldonado: 1         game winning goal
James Zampella   2     4  
totals 18 11   17 21  


Thanks Chase for a tremendous write-up. The help was needed to assure that the story was told accurately and he captured both the numbers and the excitement of the sport.


All of Landon, including Mr. Banfield from his grave, should watch this talented team play. It is apparent that they play at a high level, work as a team and attack every opportunity with tremendous enthusiasm.

The Eastern Regionals are next Weekend at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia.

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ALL BEARS should go to Woodrow Wilson HS’s pool on Nebraska Ave. on Sunday November 15 for the Metro’s. The team deserves a boisterous Landon presence (time to be posted).


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