AWHS Boys Varsity Water Polo blasts Tamalpais Hawks out of the water


Ethan Frankel

Sophomore and AWHS boys varsity goalie Haakon Lacy coming up with a big save in the second quarter.

AWHS Boys Varsity Water Polo played against the Tamalpais High School (Tam) Hawks on Thursday, Sept. 23. The Falcons dominated the Hawks in the AWHS home pool. The boys won by taking the lead at the start and never looked back, leading to an 18-5 victory over Tam.

Coach Matt Swanson calls a timeout and gathers his team at the edge of the pool. (Ethan Frankel)

The boys started out scoring 3 fast goals before Tam was able to get onto the board. The attack didn’t miss a shot in the first quarter, but the defense allowed two goals to be scored. The Falcons finished the first quarter with a 5-2 lead.

During the second quarter, the Falcons were able to keep the defense going and only allowed a goal that deflected off the defenders and snuck past sophomore goalie Haakon Lacy. The team was able to keep the offensive momentum going by scoring 7 goals in the second quarter, with help from senior Jake Dixon who scored 2 goals in this quarter for the Falcons. Going into halftime, the lead was extended to 12-3 with AWHS in the lead.

“During our recent practices we have been working on our defense and it was really nice to see how well we collaborated in our defending. I was really happy with the boys in front of me, and thought we played an above average defensive game,” Haakon said.

The Falcons’ defense dominated during the second half again, only allowing Tam to score 2 goals. AWHS was able to add on 6 goals in the second half to extend their already grand lead. The final score was 18-5 in favor of the Falcons, who got the victory over the Hawks.

Haakon Lacy looking to pass the ball towards senior Dominic Haggard. (Ethan Frankel)

The boys’ next game is against Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California on Friday, Sep. 24. According to MaxPreps rankings, Valley Christian is ranked thirtieth in the country, compared to the ninth ranked Falcons.According to Varsity Boys Water Polo Coach Matt Swanson, “[Valley Christian is] a tough opponent, it will be a very tough game. I expect our boys to give it their all, and hopefully we will come out on top.”