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Staples Water Polo Reaches .500 Mark

WESTPORT, Conn. – The Staples water polo team won its third straight game with a 4-3 victory over Horace Mann to improve to 4-4 on the season. It marks the first time in the four-year history of the program that Staples has reached the .500 mark.

Co-captains David Katter and Daniel Nussbaum led the way with two goals each. The co-captains also contributed to the defense — Nussbaum has seven steals and Katter had three. The low-scoring game was much different than Staples' recent 14-11 victory over Horace Mann.

Jacob Epstein had a great game in the pool as well, with an assist on Staples’ first goal and three steals. With scoring in short supply, Angus Armstrong and Robert DeLuca also chipped in with key assists to help in the victory. Rory Siegel had another strong game in goal with 9 saves, and Mike DeLuca contributed two steals in the defensive end.

Nick Yu and Dan Haroun made their presence felt with solid defense and good ball movement. Senior Matt Wisher used his speed to secure the ball in several of the sprints. The entire team played smart but tough polo and foul trouble was never an issue in the game.

The Staples boys JV water polo team also celebrated on Wednesday, when they got their first win of the season, beating Horace Mann’s JV team 9-6. Max Wimer led the team in scoring, getting three goals in the first quarter. Sam Reiner and Kirk O’Halloran did a great job in goal.

Staples, which went into Wednesday’s game with momentum from last weekend’s over-time win against Hopkins, plays Loomis Chaffee in a varsity-JV doubleheader Friday night.

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