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Men's Water Polo - Tue, Dec. 4, 2012
 

The cards were certainly stacked against first year head coach John Wright when he was announced as the new head coach of Concordia's water polo program in late July.  He had a loaded schedule set to begin in early September and a roster of players he had never met.

 

Coach Wright took the reins and guided CU to another winning record, 12-10, their sixth winning record in as many seasons.  The most important factor to be taken away is the fact that he put his stamp on the program and now can begin to recruit his first class.

"We had a lot of young guys this year that did not have defined positions on the team," Wright said.  "I thought we finished the season really well and I was pleased with that."

The Eagles started the season going 4-0 at the Inland Empire Classic in La Verne, with an impressive season-opening win over Pomona-Pitzer, 12-9.  Concordia did well against former GSAC-foe Fresno Pacific in 2012, going 3-0 with wins over the Sunbirds on September 28, October 12, and November 9.  The Eagles are now 15-0 all-time against FPU.

 

The Eagles were led offensively most of the year by junior Jacob Pril, sophomore Andras Antal, and sophomore Stefano Ragosa.  Freshman Brandon Lucia spent the majority of the minutes in goal for CU.

"Change is difficult for everyone and the short timetable was tough at the beginning of the year," Wright said.  "We worked through things and I think everyone is really excited where we ended up."

Concordia won four games in a row September 29 – October 5.  They defeated Occidental and Claremont-Mudd in the California Baptist Lancer Invitational on the 29th and Iona College and Whittier in the Gary Troyer Memorial hosted by Pomona-Pitzer on the 5th.  The Eagles played Southern California's best again, with two games against #2 UCLA and finishing their season against #1 USC.

The Eagles either received votes or were ranked in the top-20 all season.  For a program that has proven itself one of the best at any level, coach Wright kept the Eagles within striking distance as he shaped his team.

"We want to have a defensive-minded team next year with speed, that counter attacks," Wright said.  "We will have a program that represents the university well and always plays hard, and never gives up."

Coach Wright knows exactly where he wants to guide his program and given a full year of recruiting ahead, Concordia water polo plans to stay in the mix of national powers.

 

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