October 20, 2001

 By Dave Orr, Bishop’s Water Polo Beat Writer

In a familiar role, the Bishop’s Knights were the top seed for the San Diego Open.  Building on the coaches challenge to limit their opponents to three goals or less per game, Bishop’s sailed through the tournament beating five different teams by a combined score of 80-13.  In the finals, the Knights crushed Carlsbad 15-5.

In bracket play, the Knights beat Morse 13-1 and Mercer Island 22-2.  One of the highlights of the bracket play had to be Justin McCain’s goal against Morse. With Trey Fleming in goal and Justin in the field, he got off three shots and one score.  The Knights won their bracket with a 16-2 victory over Fallbrook on Friday night. In that game, Julian Arthur (4), Trevor Long (3), Andy Orr (2), Luke Groesbeck (2), and Brian Hodgens (2) were the high scorers for the Knights.

The semi-finals held to form as the four bracket seeds, Bishop’s, Carlsbad, UNI, and Valhalla all advanced.  The Knights drew UNI in their semifinal and for the third time this season, the two teams were pitted against each other.  UNI played the Knights to a 1-1 draw after one quarter.  Bishop’s was up 3-2 in the second quarter when UNI drew their second 4-meter penalty shot of the game.  With a tie score on the line, Justin McCain made a tremendous shot block and Bishop’s held the lead.  In the next two minutes, Julian Arthur and Andy Orr scored two quick goals and the half ended with the Knights up 5-2.  From that point on Bishop’s dominated and won the game by a score of 14-3.  Andy Orr (4), Trevor Long (2), Reid Joseph (2), and Brian Hodgens (2) led the scoring for the Knights.

In the other semi-final, Carlsbad defeated Valhalla 13-6 and advanced to face the Knights in the finals.  True to form against Carlsbad, the Knights roared to a 10-1 halftime lead and a final 15-5 victory.  With a flurry of passing and lots of unselfish play, the game was a pleasure to watch despite the lopsided score.  The leading scorers for Bishop’s were Chris Pulido (3), Tyler Kandel (3), Andy Orr (2), Reid Joseph (2), and Julian Arthur (2).  Justin McCain had 16 saves. 

An interesting sidelight of the final game was the new haircut sported by “Spike” Arthur.  The word is his barber was Chris Pulido.  The fans in the stands were not sure whether it was a butch or Mohawk haircut until they saw the ridge in Spike’s cap.  He truly set the warrior tone for the finals.

Next week will feature league games against University City and La Jolla along with a special match up against Valhalla next Saturday.