Chargers overpower Royal poloists, 19-4

Dos Pueblos' Daniel Senn gets his arm up on defense

Dos Pueblos’ Daniel Senn gets his arm up on defense

There’s a murderer’s row in Channel League boys water polo this season, and San Marcos played the first of three daunting matches on Tuesday, suffering a 19-4 beating from Dos Pueblos.

After Tuesday’s match with Division I’s ninth-tanked team in Dos Pueblos, the Royals march on to a Thursday matchup with No. 4 Santa Barbara. On Tuesday, San Marcos wraps up the first round of league play with No. 10 Ventura.

“It’s tough man, we got three (teams) ranked in the top 10 in Division I,” said San Marcos coach Jeff Ashton. “You’re looking at three of the best teams in the nation probably.”

The Chargers looked the part, racing out to a 9-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.

“We were just on fire,” said DP coach Chris Parrish, explaining how his Chargers were able to score on Junior Olympic All-American Travis Johnson, who ended up with 10 saves for the Royals.

“Their goalie is fantastic. Travis Johnson is an awesome goalie. My guys were pretty excited to be able to shoot against a goalie like that.”

Plenty of Chargers did score, led by Chase Racich, Daniel Senn and Anthony Sarena with three each. Sarena’s scores were his first goals of the season. Loren Drewisch, Derek Shoemaker and Ian Kistler also scored twice. Kevin Cappon, Nolan Starczak, Christian Terpening and Derrick Graham all got on the board once.

San Marcos sophomore Andre Rivera came through with three of the four Royal scores.

“That was basically our whole offense was Andre on our man-up situations,” said Ashton. “It’s always valuable to have a left-hander on that side.”

Mac Gostow tallied the other San Marcos (8-13, 0-2) point.

The Chargers improve to 15-3, 3-0 in the Channel League. Their biggest match so far this season comes this Tuesday at Santa Barbara with the winner having the inside track to the Channel League title.


San Marcos      1    2     0     1   —  4

Dos Pueblos    9    1     6     3   —  19

Goals — SM: Rivera 3, Gostow 1. DP: Racich 3, Sarena 3, Senn 3, Kistler 2, Shoemaker 2, Drewisch 2, Terpening 1, Starczak 1, Graham 1, Cappon 1. Goalie Saves — SM: Johnson 10. DP: Wollert 1, Haas 5.

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