Strathmore boys water polo rallies to defeat Monache for fourth straight win

Spartans come from behind in final period to defeat Marauders 8-7, improve to 4-1

STRATHMORE – One of the most exciting games to experience is when a team completes a come from behind victory. The energy and elation can be felt from both sidelines, while fans eagerly sit on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome. That was the scene at Strathmore’s pool last Tuesday against the Monache Marauders as the Spartans trailed for the entire match until scoring three goals in the waning moments to pull out their fourth straight win.

The balls were not rolling in favor of the Spartans in the first half. According to their head coach Tim Stadtherr, their shooting percentage was under 10% as they struggled to convert a bunch of good looks at the net. Despite being undermanned with just one sub, the Marauders were up 5-1 at halftime. The Spartans kept shooting and the law of large numbers began working in favor after the break. They won the third period yet still trailed 7-5 heading in the final period.

Stadtherr admits that fatigue likely set in for his opponents as his team’s depth kept them fresh in the second half, particularly the final period. The Spartans seemingly flipped a switch and could do no wrong as they scored three goals in the last few minutes of the game to complete the comeback. They were led by senior Gabe Bower who scored five of Strathmore’s eight goals, including three in the third period to get his team back in it.

According to his coach, Bower is on track to be the team’s MVP by the end of the season. He leads the team with 20 goals through five games, 12 more than the next person on the roster. The skills must run in the family as his older brother Moses is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 301 goals. He graduated in 2019 and finished his senior season with 149 goals. His final year was Gabe’s freshman year as the Bowers had the opportunity to share the pool together for one season.

The Spartans played Tulare Western, the best team they’ve seen so far last night after press time. They’ll be back in their home pool tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. as they host Tulare Union.

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