With the end of the regular season behind them, the Cerritos College men's water polo team has been seeded #5 for the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Falcons (19-8) will be taking on #4-seeded Orange Coast College on Friday at 3:15 p.m., with the winner advancing to take on #1-seeded Golden West College on Saturday. Cerritos and the Pirates (17-6) finished in second place in the South Coast Conference and Orange Empire Conference, respectively.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams, with Orange Coast posting a 15-5 win in the first game of the Riverside Tournament a month ago. In that match, the Falcons fell behind 6-1 after the first period and trailed, 11-2 at halftime in a match they would like to forget. Cerritos has recorded a 4-6 record against Southern California teams that have advanced to the post-season, while the Pirates are 7-5 against playoff teams from SoCal.
Cerritos is led this season by sophomore Raul Muniz (Colbach, Mexico), who had 68 goals, along with 27 assists and 32 steals, with freshman Kevin Elizarraraz (Buena Park HS) posting 58 goals and is third on the team with 56 steals. The Falcons have always been a balanced team, with five players recording at least 20 goals, as sophomore Arturo Ortuno (Universidad la Salle, Mexico) enters the post-season with 49 goals, along with a team-leading 67 steals and 39 assists. Sophomore Dylan Sun (Cerritos HS) has 66 steals, with sophomore goalkeeper Zachary Jenkins (La Serna HS) accounting for 40 steals along with making 199 saves on the year.
As for the Pirates, Nicholas Fichman, who had five goals in the match against Cerritos, leads them with 71 goals on the year. Eduardo Wainberg has been their most versatile player and ranks near the top on the team in goals (43), assists (40) and steals (43), while Luke Rhone (35 goals) and Gabriele Simonti (34 goals) also scoring threats. Orange Coast splits their goalie duties between Steven Magdaleno (92 saves in 16 games) and Conor Halloran (90 saves in 16 games).
November 9, 2018 M. Water Polo: Loss to Orange Coast ends season
November 4, 2018 M. Water Polo: Cerritos seeded #5 for SoCal Playoffs
November 3, 2018 M. Water Polo: Conference finals ends in 12-7 loss to rival
October 25, 2018 M. Water Polo: Comeback win over Merced ends regular season
October 24, 2018 M. Water Polo: Win over Long Beach City causes three-way tie
October 17, 2018 M. Water Polo: Setback drops Falcons into third in conference
October 12, 2018 M. Water Polo: NCAA DIII Cal Lutheran hands Falcons loss
October 6, 2018 M. Water Polo: Three more tournament wins for the Falcons
October 3, 2018 M. Water Polo: Win puts team back on winning ways
September 28, 2018 M. Water Polo: Tournament nets a split in two games
September 26, 2018 M. Water Polo: Fourth period surge leads Falcons to win
September 22, 2018 M. Water Polo: Cerritos picks up three wins at SD Mesa Tournament
September 12, 2018 M. Water Polo: Conference opener leads to 13-3 win
September 8, 2018 M. Water Polo: Falcons open season with three wins at tourney