Water Polo Cruises to 12-5 Victory Over SI

Posted: September 14, 2017

Andrew Bensch

Wednesday was the home opener for Bellarmine water polo and the varsity squad did not disappoint. Despite both early and frequent exclusion trouble, the Bells ended up cruising to a 12-5 victory inside the friendly confines of the Malloy Aquatics Center.

“Tonight we felt pretty good,” commented junior Dominick Kirk, who picked up a hat trick of goals in the win. “Before these first two games, we were just saying ‘don’t take anything for granted’ because we know these are good matchups for us. But we never want to just go in thinking we are going to crush them. We always want to come out hard and play our best.”

Starting center Gabe Discipulo also had a hat trick in the game, but was nabbed for two exclusion penalties in the first quarter. In a bit of an odd circumstance, St. Ignatius finished the game with 10 opportunities at six-on-five play, whereas Bellarmine had none.

“We have guys ready to fill in, we have other centers,” noted Bellarmine head coach Colin Mello, on resting Discipulo after the early penalties. “We have other guys who can also play as a center even if they’re not. Gabe got two quick ones; we have another center, Liam Wible, who is ready to go in right away and do his job.”

Wible would sub in and immediately get on the board for the Bells. His shot from right in front of the Wildcats’ keeper extended Bellarmine’s first-quarter lead to 4-2. Between Wible and Discipulo, Bellarmine centers accounted for four goals on the night. Despite his limited minutes, Discipulo still managed to score three times.

Kirk and Discipulo’s hat tricks weren’t quite good enough for the team lead though, as lefty junior Nicky Fontes paced the Bells with four goals in the win.

“I think things have been going pretty well thus far,” noted Fontes on the early season action. “I think we played pretty well tonight, came out strong. It was kind of tough in the beginning, getting so many kick outs, but it’s good that we kept pushing, kept going hard all game."

When the Bells were facing exclusion trouble, it was senior goalie Anthony Rethans who came up with a number of big saves.

“Anthony is insane,” chuckled Fontes on his goalkeeper. “He is something else. If you make a mistake, he will make up for it; he will protect you. He can do everything - his blocking is insane and his passing is always right on the mark. He is really why I think our offense flows so well, his passing is phenomenal and he knows exactly how long to hold onto it.”

According to Coach Mello though, Rethans is capable of being even better than he was against St. Ignatius. “I think that he played just okay tonight. Honestly, the expectations for him are pretty high - from both himself and from me. If you had asked him, I bet he would tell you that he played just OK.”

If that’s Rethans’ “just OK” performance, it looks like the Bells will have a pretty good chance at swimming towards another CCS title.

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