In only their second season of existence, the Lancer Water Polo program has had a trademark year, finishing the regular season with a record of 17-9 and earning the #6 seed in the CIF Division 3 Playoffs.
After winning only 1 varsity game in the program’s inaugural season, Head Coach Sam Busby led the team to a 2nd place finish in the City Conference, going 8-3 in league matches. Coach Busby was effusive in his praise of team, stating “We have great senior leadership on display. Our seniors are showing by doing, and the overall team commitment level has improved tremendously, which has been apparent in the results. It was exciting to win both matches vs Santa Fe Christian and split with La Jolla Country Day.”
Several of those seniors have been huge forces for the Lancer offense, with Matt Bender (122 points) and Andres Heredia (82 points) leading the team in scoring. Another senior, Adam Nussbaum leads all players with 70 assists. Busby also recognized Junior goalkeeper Spencer Lafferty as being an integral part of the team’s success
According to Heredia, improvements in fundamentals have been the key to the team’s consistency. “Advances in skills and game knowledge from each individual has allowed us to play better together as team,” Heredia said. “There has been stark improvement in swimming, ball skills, leg strength, and endurance levels of the entire team.”
The Lancers will begin the playoffs on Tuesday, 10/30, when they take on Oceanside High School in a first round match at 3:30pm at West Hills High School. Should they win, they would advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, 11/2, where they would face 3rd seeded Bonita Vista. Regardless of how or when the season finishes, the future is incredibly bright for Parker Water Polo.
“My fondest takeaways from this season come from the overall process and journey that our team has gone through,” said Heredia. We have built a very positive and constructive team culture where everyone is very supportive and is conducive the overall growth of the program. Hopefully we can end the season by winning CIF and bringing Parker water polo’s first ever title home.”
by Matt Morrison