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Greenwich water polo team goes 4-0 during Montreal trip

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Published 10:29 pm, Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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The Greenwich High School boys water polo continued its standout season, going 4-0 against premier teams in Montreal over the weekend.

The Cardinals, who raised their record to an eye-opening 24-1-1, defeated Dollard-des Ormeaux twice, CAMO and LAVAL. Greenwich's toughest game came against previously unbeaten CAMO Saturday at the Complexe Sportif Claude Robillard -- one of the sites for the 1976 Winter Olympic Games.

Facing a three-goal, third-quarter deficit, the Cardinals rallied to overtake CAMO, 10-8. Matthew Fraser scored a team-high four goals, while Julian Fraser and Will Klingner each tallied twice to power the Cardinals, who trailed 5-4 at halftime, before falling behind 7-4 early in the third quarter. CAMO jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Greenwich tied the score, getting a goal from Klingner off a penalty shot and a goal from Matthew Fraser off a rebound. Goalie Steven Michaud kept the Cardinals in the game in the first half, making six consecutive saves toward the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter.

The Cardinals trailed by only one goal at halftime after Tyler Triscari tallied late in the second quarter, ending a three-goal CAMO run.

Klingner's man-up goal with nine seconds left in the third quarter tied the score at 7-7. Midway through the fourth quarter, Tim Hardman put a shot in off a rebound, putting Greenwich ahead for good at 8-7. A CAMO ejection gave the Cards a power play opportunity and Matthew Fraser promptly converted a shot from the perimeter, giving Greenwich a 9-7 advantage. A goal from CAMO cut the Cardinals' lead to 9-8, but Julian Fraser's clutch goal gave Greenwich a 10-8 cushion.

"We were lucky to be allowed to go up there for the tournament and better yet, we came back 4-0," Greenwich coach Terry Lowe said.

Michaud was rock solid in goal for the Cards, making 11 saves. Julian Fraser's five goals led Greenwich past Dollard-des Ormeaux, 8-5. Matthew Fraser had four goals in the Cardinals' second win against DDO -- an 8-6 triumph. Klingner scored five times, while Hardman and Ed Moss each recorded hat tricks for the Cardinals in their 17-4 rout of LAVO. The Cardinals will face more premier teams this weekend in their final tournament of the season at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

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