Grossmont College takes 3rd place in Men’s Water Polo Southern California Championship

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After going 12-0 in the Pacific Coast Conference, on Thursday, 11/11/2021, Grossmont College Men’s Water Polo started their quest to win the CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association) Men’s Water Polo Southern California Championship.

The championship had teams from all over Southern California with the following tournament seeds:

  1. Golden West (took 1st in the tournament)

  2. Long Beach City

  3. Saddleback (took 2nd in the tournament)

  4. Cuesta (took 4th in the tournament)

  5. Orange Coast

  6. Cerritos

  7. Grossmont (took 3rd in the tournament)

  8. Riverside City

  9. LA Valley

  10. Mt. San Antonio

In their first game, #7 Grossmont beat #10 Mt. SAC, 13-9.  Freshman Torin Carss lead the Griffin offensive side with four goals, followed by sophomore Brock Kammerer with three, two each by sophomore Anson Rasmusson and freshman Ryan Beery, and one each by sophomore Garrett Duardo and freshman Austin Gaier

On Friday, Grossmont faced #2 Long Beach City, who also carried the daunting #2 overall rank in the state.  However, the Griffins were not intimidated, and sent Long Beach City packing with a 13-12 win.  This win may have been one of the biggest wins in program history.  Griffin scoring was led by Garrett Duardo with four goals, followed by three apiece by sophomore Emiliano Castro and freshman Liam Zawadzki, two goals by Brock Kammerer, and one goal by Anson Rasmusson.  Freshman goalie, Parker George captained the defense with 15 saves in the cage.

On Saturday, the Griffins played twice.  The first game of the day, and their third of the tournament, #7 Grossmont ran up against a very tough #3 Saddleback.  The Griffins were stifled by Saddleback and ended up losing 13-6. Freshman Austin Gaier led the Griffin scoring with two goals, followed by one each by freshman Joseph Asaro , Garret Duardo, Brock Kammerer, and Anson Rasmussen.  Emiliano Castro dished out two assists to lead in that category.  Parker George led the defense with 15 saves in the cage.

In their second and final game of the day, and fourth game of the tournament, #7 Grossmont beat a very disappointed #4 Cuesta in a very exciting sudden-death, triple-overtime consolation game by a margin of 12-11.  Griffin scoring was led by Ryan Beery with three goals, followed by two each by Torin Carss, Garrett Duardo, Brock Kammerer, and Liam Zawadzki, and one goal by Emiliano Castro.  Brock Kammerer dished out three assists to lead in that category.    Parker George had a great game in the cage, leading the defense with 16 saves.

In the tournament championship, the #1 team in the state, Golden West beat Saddleback, 10-8.

The Griffins completed their season with an overall record of 25 wins and 13 losses, and the #4 ranked community college in the State of California.

 

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