Leading 10-9 after three quarters against rival Long Beach City College on Wednesday, the Cerritos College men's water polo team seemed to be in good shape. However, a disastrous fourth quarter saw the Vikings score eight times, while the Falcons were left off the scoreboard. The end result was a 17-10 South Coast Conference loss. This weekend, Cerritos (14-8) will compete in the Golden West Tournament and open with a 7:00 a.m. match on Friday against the host Rustlers, who are ranked #1 in the state.
Cerritos opened up a 4-1 lead in the second quarter, with sophomore Salvador Orozco (Montebello HS) scoring twice and maintained a 7-4 advantage at halftime. It was a three-goal lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter after a goal from freshman Arturo Ortuno (Universidad La Salle, Mexico). From that point forward, the Vikings took over and continued to score, while the Falcons struggled with their shot selection. They also turned the ball over 14 times on the day.
Ortuno led the team with three goals and three assists, with the duo of Orozco and sophomore Raul Muniz (Colbach HS, Mexico) each scoring twice. Sophomore Mark Arroyo (Schurr HS) recorded three steals, with sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Contreras (Montebello HS) finishing with 12 saves and two steals.
November 15, 2017 M. Water Polo: Arturo Ortuno named All-Amercian
November 10, 2017 M. Water Polo: Loss ends season for for the Falcons
November 6, 2017 Men's and Women's Water Polo qualify for playoffs
November 4, 2017 M. Water Polo: Cerritos places second at conference tourney
October 21, 2017 M. Water Polo: Falcons drop three of four at tournament
October 18, 2017 M. Water Polo: Fourth quarter does in Falcons in loss
October 11, 2017 M. Water Polo: Win moves team into tie for second place
September 29, 2017 M. Water Polo: Split for the Falcons at own tourney
September 27, 2017 M. Water Polo: Strong second half leads to win
September 23, 2017 M. Water Polo: Tournament nets three wins in four games
September 21, 2017 M. Water Polo: Big conference win for Falcons
September 10, 2017 M. Water Polo: Team plays five games at tournament
September 6, 2017 M. Water Polo: Cerritos drops close conference opener
September 2, 2017 M. Water Polo: Falcons split two games at tourney