It didn’t take long Tuesday for the Nevada Union boys water polo team to tame the Tigers from Roseville.
Half way through the first quarter, the Miners had scored eight unanswered goals, leaving the Tigers wet with frustration. And things didn’t get any better for the Tigers, as NU outscored Roseville in every quarter but the fourth on its way to a 22-8 victory in the Nevada Union pool.
NU head coach Lotty Hellested attributes the Miners’ ability to get ahead and hold their leads to their state of mind coming into the game.
“Keeping our intensity up throughout the whole game, That’s our goal,” she said. “No matter who we are playing, we come in strong.”
The Miners got impressive work from goalie Greg Rousseau with 10 saves and several assists on the break.
“Greg is dynamite, and so is our back up Joe (Bush). We’re lucky that way” Hellested said. “(Rousseau) is aggressive. He’s not afraid to come out and make steals, and he doesn’t get down when we get scored on. He just keeps going. He’s a good blocker but also mentally tough.”
Helping Rousseau hold the Tigers to a mere eight goals was Simon DiMartini with a stellar performance on the defensive end.
“He doesn’t score that often, and people really focus on that, but he is the key to our defense,” Hellested said. “He matches up on their best dude and takes him down.”
Leading NU on the offensive end was Ryan Willett with six goals, including four in the first quarter. Seniors Gabe Saturnino and Will Carrara added four for the Miners, and Zach Dugan and Alex Fitanides netted two.
NU controlled the game after jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, the Miners were up 13-5. In the third period, the Miners put the game out of reach by outscoring the Tigers 7-0 and extending their lead to 15 at 20-5.
The win keeps the Miners in the running for second place in the Sierra Foothill League behind league leader Woodcreek.
“At the beginning of the season, I hoped we would be trying for the playoffs,” Hellested said. “We’re right there. We just have to finish off our season.”
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