With hopes of advancing to the CCCAA State Championships this season, the Cerritos College men's water polo team saw their season end with a 12-11 loss to Cuesta College at the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Falcons (26-5), who were seeded #2, were coming off a thrilling South Coast Conference Tournament championship win over rival Long Beach City College several days earlier. They would have faced the Vikings once again with a berth in the state championships on the line with a win. However, the #7-seeded Cougars (21-14) pulled off the upset.
Cerritos defeated Cuesta, 12-10 three weeks earlier, but had their hands full the entire match. It was more of the same in the playoffs, although the Falcons opened up a quick 3-0 lead on goals by three different players. However, the Cougars outscored Cerritos, 4-1 in the second quarter and took a 6-5 lead into halftime.
Opening the second half with two straight goals, Cuesta led 8-5 until freshman Ever Resendiz (Colegio de Bachilleres 6, Mexico) scored with 5:29 left in the third quarter to get to 8-6. It was a 10-6 game when freshman Salvador Orozco (Montebello HS) found the back of the net with 2:27 remaining, with the Cougars responding with another goal before Orozco scored with 1:06 left to put it at an 11-8 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
With neither team able to score in the first few minutes of the fourth period, Resendiz got the team to within 11-9 and then it became a 12-9 game. Sophomore Angel Rojas (Colegio Fray Luis Amigo, Venezuela) and Jeffrey Park (Cerritos HS), who scored with :27 seconds left, were able to get the Falcons to 12-11, but that's where the game ended, as did the season.
Rojas (three steals, two assists) and Resendiz led the team with three goals each, while Orozco and Park each scored twice. Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Contreras (Montebello HS) recorded seven saves.
November 26, 2016 M. Water Polo: Angel Rojas named CCCAA Athlete of the Month
November 17, 2016 M. Water Polo: Falcons receive post-season awards
November 11, 2016 M. Water Polo: Season ends abruptly with playoff loss
November 6, 2016 M. Water Polo: Cerritos seeded #2 for SoCal Playoffs
November 5, 2016 M. Water Polo: Team wins conference championship
November 4, 2016 M. Water Polo: Win in semifinals sends Falcons to the finals
October 26, 2016 M. Water Polo: Falcons score record number of goals
October 21, 2016 M. Water Polo: Team splits two games at tourney
October 19, 2016 M. Water Polo: Loss to LBCC drops Falcons into second place
October 14, 2016 M. Water Polo: Tournament nets pair of wins
October 12, 2016 M. Water Polo: High-scoring game nets 19-18 win
October 8, 2016 M. Water Polo: Falcons win three of four games at tourney
September 30, 2016 M. Water Polo: Tourney host wins both games
September 28, 2016 M. Water Polo: Win keeps Falcons undefeated in conference
September 23, 2016 M. Water Polo: Falcons earn pair of wins in San Diego
September 15, 2016 M. Water Polo: Cerritos pulls out win over LA Valley
September 9, 2016 M. Water Polo: Cerritos continues strong start with two more wins
September 7, 2016 M. Water Polo: Team posts 17-4 win over Rio Hondo
September 4, 2016 M. Water Polo: Cerritos splits final two games at the Navy Open
September 3, 2016 M. Water Polo: Falcons open season with three impressive wins