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Sunday, April 10, 2011

MAST Water Polo - Miami Herald Article

MAST and Palmetto capture GMAC titles


MAST Academy’s boys’ water polo team has watched other schools win GMAC championships in their pool in recent years.

On Saturday afternoon, it was the Makos’ turn to celebrate.

Led by a solid defensive effort from goalkeeper Charles Hickey and a balanced scoring attack, MAST defeated last year’s state runner-up Columbus 14-11 in the Title-GMAC boys’ water polo championship.

The Makos (12-2) snapped Columbus’ four-year reign as GMAC champions with the victory, and won their first GMAC crown since 1997.

“This all started two years ago with a young team that has been getting better over time,” MAST coach Yuniel Usin said.

On the girls’ side, Palmetto won its second GMAC championship in a row with a 13-6 victory over Miami Beach. The Panthers (12-3) took control of the match early in the second half, as Julianna Matos converted several of her shots.

Matos, a San Diego State signee, scored a game-high nine goals and had three steals. Samantha Shaffer also had three goals, two assists and two steals.

Goalkeeper Tori Wick paced Palmetto’s defense with three blocks. She also had 10 blocks in Palmetto’s 13-7 semifinal win against Krop.

“It’s all thanks to great senior leadership,” Wick said. “We really wanted that gold medal.”

MAST had great goaltender play as well as Hickey stopped several Columbus shots throughout the boys’ final. With the game tied at nine heading into the fourth quarter, the Makos took an 11-9 lead. Columbus cut it to one and nearly tied it, but a shot by Luis Carrodeguas hit the post. MAST answered with two goals by Nicolas Sellar to pull away. Sellar finished with three goals as did Gabriel Garcia and Alberto Regalado. Sam Gregorio and Joseph Trutie each had two goals and Ryan Reifenberg had one.

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