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1/30/2014--Drew Holland Selected to the Senior National Team
Its official! Drew Holland was selected to the Men's Senior National team for the upcoming Volvo Cup to be held in Serbia in February. The tournament is one of several tune-up tournaments leading to the Olympics in Rio in the summer of 2016. It's quite an honor to represent the USA but also our community and Lamorinda Water Polo. Drew's appointment is much deserved after such a stellar career at Lamo and more recently Stanford. Drew (as well as his brothers Kent and John) played for Lamorinda for years culminating in last summer's 3rd place finish at JO's and prior to that he was the starting goalie on the teams which won the 16U and 18U Junior Olympic championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Drew was selected to several All-American, All-NCS, All-DFAL teams and this is only the latest in a string of accomplishments which he has earned. Please join me in congratulating him on this latest accomplishment. Congrats to him and his family.
1/13/2014--Lamorinda 14u Girls Earn 2nd Place Finish at Pacific Winter Classic
Congratulations to the 14u Girls team who competed in the 2014 Pacific Winter Classic in San Diego this past weekend. The girls defeated CVAC and Pacific on their way to the three-team championship round robin on Sunday. Lamorinda solidified their 2nd place finish by defeating Coronado and losing a closely fought match against Del Mar. Great job girls and coach Robby.
12/14/2013--Lamorinda Seniors Represent NCS on the All-Star Team
Saturday, December 14, 2013 the NCS Senior All-Star team was narrowly defeated by the CCS Senior All-Star team. The match was a closely contested match up with NCS having the lead or the match was tied, until CCS took the lead early in the 4th period and never relinquished. Lamorinda is extremely proud of their athletes selected to represent North Coast Section: Spencer Creed, Tucker Stone, Jack Brown, Tommy Bush, Colin Chiapello, Nick Coufal, Tyler Kirchberg, Ryan McCracken, Conor Neumann, Grant Sivesind, and Clay Smudsky.
12/11/2013--Splashball Spring 2014
Lamorinda is very excited to once again join forces with Moraga Park and Recreation to offer the Lamorinda community Splashball in the Spring of 2014. This program is designed to introduce the sport of water polo to children 5-9 years old. Basic skills and understanding of the sport will be provided in a fund and recreational format. See more details about the program below.
11/21/2013--2014 National Junior Olympics Qualifications Dates
NJO Qualifying Dates for 2014 are as follows (Note: Fridays will only be used, if necessary): 18UN - Boys & Girls - June 20-22 (Fri - Sun) & June 27-29 (Fri - Sun); 16UN - Boys & Girls - June 13-15 (Fri - Sun) & June 27-29 (Fri - Sun); 14UN - Boys & Girls - June 20-22 (Fri - Sun); 12UN - Girls - June 20-22 (Fri - Sun); 12UN - Boys - June 27-29 (Fri - Sun); and 10UN - Co-ED - June 27-29 (Fri - Sun).
11/20/2013--Core WP and Lamorinda Joining Forces
We are making great strides in our girls program and have some exciting news to share with everyone. Please join us in spreading the great news!!! We are very excited to announce that the Lamorinda and CORE girl’s water polo programs will be joining forces starting this winter. This will be a great partnership for the entire women’s program as we will gain some amazing athletes, coaches and families to the Lamorinda club. Please be sure to welcome the CORE families to the Lamorinda family and help them transition into our program.
10/12/2013--Girls Secure 2nd Place Finish At 2013 Pacific Fall Classic
Congratulations to the 2013 Pacific Fall Classic girls team who finished the tournament with a 2nd place finish at the San Diego event Sunday, October 12, 2013. We are very proud of you.
9/30/2013--Congratulations to Coach Michelle Caron
"USA Women's Senior National Team Head Coach Adam Kirkorian has announced the athletes selected from the recently completed open tryouts that will be invited to the upcoming Futures 50 Classic." Open tryouts were held at four locations around the country on September 21-22 and from those tryouts, 15 athletes, including our very own Michelle Caron, were chosen to take part in the Futures 50 Classic, set for October 25-27 at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, CA. Good luck Michelle!
LWP athletes venturing off to college will be greatly missed. However, we are all very proud of your accomplishments and look forward to hear about your experiences in college polo. Pictured at right (Front Row L to R): Grant Garcia (DVC), Amin Anjedani (Chapman), Jake O'Malley (Oregon), Nick Solit (Santa Clara), Charlie Wiser (Stanford); (Back Row L to R): Drew Holland (Stanford), Thomas Carroll (Cal), Davis Clute (Stanford), Conner Reid (Cal), JD Ratchford (Cal). Not pictured: Tyler Martin (UCSB), Jack Fellner (UCLA), and Nick Pasichuke (UoP)
7/15/2013--2013 US Club Championship
Yesterday's sunset brought to a closure the 2013 US Club Championship. LWP athletes performed extremely well over the 3-day contest. Three of the five LWP teams made it to the top 4 in each of their respective competition divisions, with the 18u and 12u Boys teams each securing a 3rd place finish. LWP was the ONLY Club in the Boys divisions to secure 3 spots in the top 4. Congratulations to all the LWP athletes who participated.
7/2/2013--GREAT JOB LWP ATHLETES!
LWP athletes showed outstanding skill and determination, as they qualified the most teams, in our club history, to the National Junior Olympics. Pictured (right) is our youngest group, 10u boys, posing after competing in the 12u Division. Congratulation to all LWP teams for your great effort.
5/7/2013--2013 San Diego County Cup
Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in the 2013 San Diego County Cup Tournament this past weekend. Congratulations to Liam Ward (G) named to the 6th Grade & Under Boys All-Tournament Team.
Our summer programs will kick off their summer session the week of May 13, 2013. We are offering 10u, 12u, 14u, 16u, & 18u in both genders. Registration is now open. Please select Calendars/Practice to see practice days and times for all age and gender groups. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us by selecting the Contact Us from the main menu.
4/28/2013--2013 Summer Kick Off Event
Come one, come all! Lamorinda Water Polo will be holding its 2013 Summer Kick Off dinner at Orinda Country Club on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00pm. Adult dinner is $20.00 per person and Youth dinner is $17.50. You may pre-purchase your dinners under the register page.
4/16/2013--California Cup State Finals - Youngers
Congratulations to all of our youngers who competed this past weekend in the California Cup State Finals. Lamorinda Water Polo entered four teams in the younger divisions: 12u girls, 14u girls, 12u boys, and 14u boys. The 14u boys finished 3rd place in their division with a 4-1 record. Their only loss in the tournament was in the semi-finals against SoCal, who went onto win the State title. Our 14u girls faced some strong opposition against southern California teams in the early round of competition. Finishing in 12th place, the girls improved individually and as a team. The 12u boys lost their first game of the competition in a shootout; always a heartbreaker; however, the team bounced back to win the next two competitions and make their way into the 3rd place game against Rosebowl. While the outcome was not favorable to Lamo, the competition was closely contested to the end. Last, but certainly not least, the 12u girls obtained a great deal of knowledge and experience competing against some of the top 12un girls’ teams in the state. Their tenacity and effort reigned throughout the competition. Again, congratulations to all. We are very proud of you!
3/31/2013--Olympic Development Program Selections
Congratulations to the LWP athletes selected to the Olympic Development Program! Junior National Team Selections: Jack Fellner & Drew Holland. National Training Selection Camp: Tyler Abramson - 8th Gr; Carson Broad - 8th Gr; Michael Bull - 12th Gr; Tommy Bush - 12th Gr; Colin Chiapello - 12th Gr; Davis Clute - 12th Gr; Jack Conner - 10th Gr; Duncan Creed - 8th Gr; Nicola Gonzales - 12th Gr; Jordan Hoover - 10th Gr; Grayson Judge - 10th Gr; Max Murphy - 10th Gr; Mark Presten - 8th Gr; Charlie Rogers - 10th Gr; Stephen Schmidt - 8th Gr; Grant Sivesind - 12th Gr; Clay Smudsky - 12th Gr; and Alexander Zamanian - 10th Gr.
3/15/2013--Catharine von Schwarz Arroyo Appointed Director of Lamorinda's Girls Program
Lamorinda Water Polo Club has named Catharine "Cat" von Schwarz Arroyo as the Director of the girls program. Cat joined the Lamorinda coaching staff in 2012, leading the U16 team. In addition to her responsibilities at Lamorinda Cat currently serves on the coaching staff of the 2012 NCS Div 2 Champion Girls Water Polo Team at Campolindo High School, the Pacific Zone Olympic Development Program and is the head coach of the St. Mary's College Women's Water Polo Club Team. Cat brings a wealth of accomplishments and the vast experience and knowledge to our club.
11/30/2012--Outstanding Fall Performance By LWP Athletes - Present & Past
Outstanding Performance By All LWP High School Athletes All East Bay - Girls: 2nd Team - Laurie Simon - MHS All East Bay - Boys: Player of the Year - Charlie Wiser - MHS; 1st Team - Jack Fellner - MHS, Drew Holland - MHS, Tyler Martin - SRV, JD Ratchford - CHS, & Connor Reid - ACA. 2nd Team - Michael Bull - ALH, Colin Chiapello - DLS, & Nick Pasichuke - SRV. DFAL Division - Girls - 1st Team - Laurie Simon - MHS. 2nd Team - Katie Caron - MHS & Dominique Clark - MHS DFAL Division - Boys MVP - Jack Fellner - MHS Outstanding Goalie - Drew Holland - MHS 1st Team - Michael Bull - ALH, Tommy Bush - ACA, Spencer Creed - LL, Tyler Kirchberg - MHS, JD Ratchford - CHS, Connor Reid - ACA, Grant Sivesind - CHS, & Charlie Wiser - MHS. 2nd Team Clay Smudsky - MHS, Nick Solit - MHS, Jacob Welcomer - AHS. Honorable Mention - Amin Anjedani - MHS & Wyatt Goertler - AHS DVAL Division - Boys Co-MVP - Jack Brown - CVCHS EBAL Division - Boys MVP - Tyler Martin - SRV 1st Team - Davis Clute - DLS, Colin Chiapello - DLS,& Nick Pasichuke - SRV. 2nd Team - Ari Feldman - DLS Honorable Mention - Ryan Auker - SRV Congratulations To Our College Athletes On Their 2012 Accomplishments SCIAC All-Conference Athlete of the Year - Brian Baier, Sr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1st Team - Tanner Cullen, Fr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps & John Holland, Jr., Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2nd Team - Ryan Higgins, Jr., Pomona-Pitzer
11/23/2012--Congratulations to our Lamorinda High School Seniors
Several Lamorinda seniors were selected for the Northern Teams for the 2012 Pacific Zone Senior All-Star games to be played on Sunday December 9th at the Soda Aquatic Center. The Girl's competition will start off at Noon with the Boy's game following at 1:30pm. Laurie Simon (MHS), Charlie Wiser (MHS), Connor Reid (AHS), Davis Clute (DLSHS), J.D. Ratchford (CHS), Jack Fellner (MHS), Jacob Welcomer (AHS), Nick Pasichuke (SRVHS), Thomas Carroll (MCHS), Tyler Martin (SRVHS), and Drew Holland(g)(MHS)
8/29/2012--LWP NJO All-Americans
Congratulations to our Lamorinda Athletes named All-Americans: 12U Girls - Nicole Lyckfors, Honorable Mention; 14U Boys - Jackson Summers, 1st Team; Cole Stevens, 2nd Team; 18U Boys - JD Ratchford, MVP; Justin Roberto, 1st Team; Drew Holland, 1st Team; Thomas Carroll, 2nd Team; Jack Fellner, 2nd Team; Tyler Martin, Honorable Mention.
5/21/2012--Lamorinda Men's Senior Team 2012 Fisher Cup Silver Medalist
Contratulations to the Lamorinda Senior team earning the silver medal at the 2012 Fisher Cup tournament at UC San Diego this past weekend. Catch the recap on youtube.
5/8/2012--Age Verification Requirement
All USA Water Polo Gold-Member athletes are requested to complete a one-time age verification through TC LogicQ. The costis a one-time charge of $5.00. Please go to http://www.usawaterpolo.org/clubs/birthdateverification.aspx. Complete your verification today. Any athletes who have not completed their verification will not be allowed to compete in the National Junior Olympics.
5/7/2012--Excellent Showing At San Diego Cup
Congratulations to all the Lamorinda teams who participated in the 2012 San Diego County Cup. Your hard work and efforts became apparent in your performance. 14Un Boys A team placed 4th in the AA Division; 14Un Girls placed 11th in the A Division; 14Un Boys B team placed 10th in the A Division; 14Un Boys C team placed 2nd in the B Division and the 12Un Boys team placed 15th.
12/1/2011--Pacific Zone Senior All Stars
Congratulations to LWP Senior Boys Congratulations to the following Lamorinda players who were selected to play in the 6th Annual Pacific Zone Senior All Star Game against a select team from the South Bay Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the Soda Center. Tanner Cullen, Robbie Fluegge, Nick Patino, Zach Paxton, Justin Roberto, Jack Ryner, Andrew Schnugg, & Kyle Weikert
11/15/2011--Congratulations 14U Boys
Saturday & Sunday, October 29th & 30th, two of our 14U Boys’ Teams participated in the Evan Cousineau Cup held in Orange County. The Evan Cousineau Cup is a premier Fall Tournament which includes many of the top teams from Northern and Southern California. While the tournament offers a great opportunity for young boys and girls to compete, the organization also conducts a marrow registry to help find potential donors. Following up a great summer of water polo, the 14U boys’ teams continued their strong showing and came away with many positive water polo experiences at the Cup. The 14A team placed 7th in their bracket, competing against some of the top ranked Clubs in California. The 14B team beat several of the top LA teams, including LAWP and OCWP, to claim the Gold Medal in their bracket. Go Lamorinda!
9/14/2011--Toughest Sport in the World
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8/2/2011--Congratulations Lamorinda Boys
Over the past four days, the largest water polo tournament took place in Orange County. All the Lamorinda Boys represented the club well with their explosive performance. Garnishing a gold medal atop of the 16Un Men's Platinum Division was the Lamorinda A team, defeating all the opponents they faced over the four day tournament. Charlie Wiser was named MVP of the tournament. The 21Un Men finished 2nd in their respective division, the 18Un Men's A team finished 6th in their Platinum Division, and the 12Un Boys finished 9th in the Platinum Division. In the Gold Divisions, the 14Un Boys A team placed 2nd, the 14Un Blue team placed 9th, the 18Un Blue team finished 11th, and the 16Un Boys Gold team finished 12th. In the Silver Division, the 16Un Boys Blue team finished 5th.
7/18/2011--Two Lamorinda Boys Teams Win Santa Cruz Classic
The 14Un Boys B team capture the Santa Cruz Classic title on Saturday, July 16th. The 16Un Boys Gold Division was held on Sunday, July 17th, with the Lamorinda 16Un Boys B team defeating three teams to capture the trophy.
7/17/2011--Lamorinda 16Un Boys Capture USCC Title
The Lamorinda 16Un Boys defeated six opponents between July 15th and July 17th to capture the United States Club Championship Title. Drew Holland was recognized as the MVP of the tournament.
6/27/2011--10th Grade & Un Boys - State Champions
Today, the Lamorinda Water Polo Club's 10th Grade & Under Boys defeated OC Water Polo Club at Norco High School in Norco, California to claim the 2011 High School Boy's California Cup State Finals - 10th Grade & Under Division. More to follow
6/27/2011--2011 National Junior Olympic Qualifications
Congratulations to all the LWP athletes who participated in the various qualification tournaments over the past-three weekends. All of our teams entered have qualified to compete in the 2011 National Junior Olympics held in Southern California at the end of July. The following is the age group and the qualification seed they earned in the Pacific Zone. 12Un Boys - 1st Place; 14Un Boys A - 2nd Place; 14Un Boys Blue - 5th Place; 16Un Boys A - 1st Place; 16Un Boys Gold - 6th Place; 16Un Boys Blue - 13th Place; 18Un Boys A - 2nd Place; and 18Un Boys Blue - 3rd Place.
3/1/2011--Support LWP through eScrip
Help raise additional funds for Lamorinda Water Polo Club (ID 500000945) at no cost to you. eScrip has proven to be a fantastic fundraiser where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit cards, & debit card purchases to organizations like LWP. It is as simple as clicking on eScrip and follow the directions for registering.
2/14/2011--Lamorinda 16Un Boys Kap7 International Champs
Lamorinda's 16 & Under Boys became champions of the Kap7 International Tournament in the 16Un Platinum Division over this past weekend in Southern California. Read more about their accomplishments on the Lamorinda Patch.
2/2/2011--2010 National All-Americans
"I'm extremely proud of our 2010 All-Americans and their coaches", stated Director Boyd Lachance. "Their positive attitude and work ethic have been their strongest characteristics. Congratulations to all" Bryan Snyder, Las Lomas, 1st Team; Joey Fabian, Miramonte, 1st Team; Joe Dietrich, Acalanes, 2nd Team; Jake Kisner, Acalanes, 4th Team; Nick Deaver, Miramonte, 5th Team; Robert Clemons, Acalanes, 5th Team; Thomas Nelson, DeLaSalle, 7th Team; Aleck Ryner, Miramonte, 8th Team; and Justin Roberto, San Ramon Valley, 9th Team.
1/25/2011--Congratulations to our 12Un Boys!
LWP 12Un Boys traveled to Santa Barbara this past weekend to compete in the Marc Rauchwarger Memorial Cup and walked away finishing in 2nd place. It was an exciting weekend putting the big hurt on LA Water Polo Club 12-7, Laguna Beach Water Polo Club 15-5, and Northwood Water Polo Club 7-2. In the Championship game, LWP battled against Santa Barbara Water Polo Club. Despite a tremendous effort by all, they succumbed to SBWPC 13-7. Congratulation to the boys and coaches for an outstanding performance and for representing LWP.
12/23/2010--East Bay Boys Water Polo Coach of the Year: Clarke Tamariki of Acalanes
On the way to winning Acalanes High's first North Coast Section water polo title in program history, coach Clarke Tamariki never had a problem motivating his players. The Dons had plenty of fire after falling a goal short against their fiercest rival, Miramonte, in the 2009 NCS title game. The bigger challenge was varsity experience -- for both the players and Tamariki. Many of the players credited with leading Acalanes to the 2009 DFAL title and NCS final had graduated, including their best defender, top two-meter man and goalkeeper. On top of that, this was Tamariki's first season as the Dons' head coach, though he was familiar with nearly all the players from assisting last year and coaching with the Lamorinda club program. The Acalanes squad emerged as a deep, talented and balanced bunch that will remember the end of the season for a long, long time. The Dons got their revenge on Miramonte twice in winning the DFAL title and NCS championship game. The win snapped their rivals' streak of NCS titles at five. For his efforts, Tamariki was named Bay Area News Group-East Bay Boys Water Polo Coach of the Year. "The year before there might have been more talent (at Acalanes), but I think the guys got along with each other really well and it came together for them," said Tamariki, who was a friend and teammate of the Dons' former coach, Brian Monty, at Cal in the 1990s. "They got the results they wanted." -- Stephanie Hammon
12/1/2010--2010 Senior All-Stars
Congratulations to LWP High School Seniors who have been named to the 2010 Senior All-Star Team representing the North Coast Section. Our boys will play the Central Coast Section Senior All-Star Team on December 12, 2010 at 1:30pm at the Soda Aquatic Center. Joe Dietrich - Acalanes; Jake Kisner - Acalanes; Michael Worthing - Acalanes; Daniel Daniel - Alameda; Thomas Nelson - De La Salle; Bryan Snyder - Las Lomas; Joey Fabian - Miramonte; Nick Deaver - Miramonte; Robert Clemons - Acalanes; and Aleck Ryner - Miramonte.
12/1/2010--2010 NCS Senior All-Stars
Congratulations to LWP High School Seniors who have been named to the 2010 Senior All-Star Team representing the North Coast Section. Our boys will play the Central Coast Section Senior All-Star Team on December 12, 2010 at 1:30pm at the Soda Aquatic Center. The athletes chosen and the school they represent are: Joe Dietrich - Acalanes; Jake Kisner - Acalanes; Michael Worthing - Acalanes; Daniel Daniel - Alameda; Thomas Nelson - De La Salle; Bryan Snyder - Las Lomas; Joey Fabian - Miramonte; Nick Deaver - Miramonte; Robert Clemons - Acalanes; and Aleck Ryner - Miramonte.
11/1/2010--Winter Water Polo
Lamorinda's Girls and Boys Winter Water Polo programs is posted and registration is open. The various Winter sessions will start the week of November 29th and conclude with a Tournament in Los Angeles area February 11th-13th. Find your specific grade group practice times under the main menu heading of "Calendars/Practice". If you are new to Lamorinda or a returning athlete and you have questions, please feel contact us using the "Contact Us" link on the main menu.
9/3/2010--Cal Men's Water Polo Season Begins
Saturday, September 4, 2010, Cal Men's Water Polo team takes on University of California - Davis at 10am at Spieker Aquatics Complex on the Berkeley Campus. On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Cal Bears will host the Santa Clara University Men's Water Polo team in a game at noon. Come check out the action.
The following Lamorinda Water Polo Club athletes have been recognized by USA Water Polo for their outstanding play during the 2010 Summer season. Senior Nationals-Bronze Medal: 1st Team- Cory Nasoff (CAL), 1st Team- Ivan Rackov (CAL), 1st Team Spare- Brian Dudley (CAL), Honorable Mention- Matthew Golden (CAL); 18uns-4th Place: 1st Team- Bryan Snyder (Las Lomas HS), 1st Team Spare- Jon Sibley (Miramonte/CAL), 1st Team Spare- Nick Cooper (DeLaSalle/Pepperdine); 16uns-8th Place: Honorable Mention- Bryan Snyder (Las Lomas HS); 14uns-6th Place: Honorable Mention- Grant Sivesind (Stanley Middle School/Campolindo HS), Honorable Mention- Tommy Bush (Stanley Middle School/Acalanes HS); 12uns-12th Place: Honorable Mention- Nima Anjedani (Orinda Intermediate School).
8/5/2010--2010 National Junior Olympic Results
Congratulaitons to all of the Lamorinda Water Polo athletes for their outstanding performance at the 2010 National Junior Olympics. 18Un Boys - 4th place, Platinum Division; 16Un Boys - 8th place, Platinum Division; 14Un Boys - 6th place, Platinum Division; 14Un B Boys - 21st place, Gold Division; 12Un Boys - 12th place, Platinum Division; 12Un B Boys - 6th place, Gold Division.
7/29/2010--Congratulations to 12Un Boys 1st Place Finish
Lamorinda's 12Un Boys team won the 2010 Santa Cruz Invitational. Congratulations to all the players on a great team effort!
7/3/2010--Many Thanks to Lamorinda Volunteers
12Un Boys US Club Championship was a huge success as a result of your willingness to volunteer and we could not have pulled it off without you. THANK YOU!!!
6/28/2010--Women's FINA World League Super Final
The Women's FINA World League Super Final will run from June 28th through July 3rd at the Coggan Center in La Jolla, CA. Lamorinda athletes can watch the action live via USA Water Polo Live Webcast. Game schedule and recaps can be found at USAWP.
6/13/2010--Save The Date - July 26, 2010
On July 26, 2010, LWP will be holding a party at OCC to celebrate our season. Please mark your calendars. More information to follow.
6/7/2010--Congratulations to the LWP Athletes Named to the Sr National Training Team
It was announced today by Head Coach Terry Schroeder that Jon Sibley, Peter Varellas, Mike Sharf, John Mann, Zac Monsees, and Jeff Tyrrell have been selected to the USA Men's Senior National Team training roster. These LWP alumni will join nine Olympians, including team captain Tony Azevedo, to lead the team into the summer competitions that include an exhibition series with Montenegro, the FINA World League Super Final and the FINA World Cup. More information regarding their summer game schedule may be found on the USAWP website. Congratulations gentlemen!
6/1/2010--16Un Boys Take 5th; 18Un Boys Take 7th at State Championships
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the 2010 State Championship for 16Un and 18Un Boys. The entire weekend was filled with strong defense and amazing offense by some of the best athletes in the sport. Our 16Un boys successfully defeated Northwood, American River, 680, and Sacramento to secure a 5th place finish. The 18Un boys finished in 7th place this weekend with successful outcomes against HBWPC, American River, and after an 8 to 8 tie with Elite in bracket play, LWP boys defeated Elite in their second encounter to obtain the 7th place finish. Great job LWP athletes.
5/24/2010--14Un Boys Win State Cup Championship
From Director Boyd Lachance..."I'd like to congratulate the 14-u Boys for winning the 1st State Cup Championship. Coach Derek Schauffler has always promoted team play, hard work, and defense as the foundation of team success and the boys clearly demonstrated this by winning this difficult and competitive tournament. I’m very, very happy for Derek and the team but also pleased in the manner they achieved it. Winning at all levels is enjoyable but its the journey that counts. I have received many congratulations this evening from coaches around the country and want our families to know this is a great moment we all need to share. All of us should be extremely proud. Great job to all!"
5/23/2010--Seniors Finish 4th in Fisher Cup
From Director Boyd Lachance..."It was also a successful weekend for our senior team as we placed 4th in the 2nd Annual Donald Fisher Tournament losing to Bruin 10-8 in the 3rd place game. Coming off of a 2 week layoff, the men had a tough row to hoe against extremely tough competition and they battled all the way. We're planning to have a small break, pick up early June for 12 days or so before leaving for Europe."
5/11/2010--Lamorinda Water Polo Update
Please read the attached memo regarding important information about LWP and the summer season.
5/6/2010--Fisher Cup Tournament
Lamorinda's senior men's team will be competing in the Fisher Cup Tournament May 21st through May 23 at Spieker Aquatics Complex located on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. Select schedule for the weekend game times. Select Online Tickets to get great presale prices. Tickets will also be available at the door.
4/30/2010--Practice for Co-Ed Novice Group
Practice on Sunday will be from 11:00 to 1:00pm at the Soda Center, as previously communicaated. Practice on Tuesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 6th will move to Miramonte High School. Practice time remains on the same schedule 4:45 to 6:30pm.
4/28/2010--Summer Registration is NOW Open
Lamorinda's summer registration is now open. All athletes participating in our summer program will receive a LWP t-shirt and sticker. You may obtain the practice and tournament schedules under the main menu heading of "Calendars" under their respective listing. To register for LWP go to the main menu heading of "Register" and follow the directions.
4/16/2010--UC Davis Mens Water Polo Has Been Spared!
We are pleased to announce that the UC Davis Mens Water Polo program was not cut from their varsity sports program. "Water Polo Planet led the charge and with the generosity and efforts of the entire water polo community, including UC Davis alumni, parents, friends, anonymous donors, individuals, coaches, referees, clubs, Zones from around the nation, Santa Clara University, The National Water Polo League, USA Water Polo, Kap7 and on and on--we all came together with a single purpose, and the news is out. WE HAVE DONE IT!!!"
3/1/2010--Water Polo Community Loses a Hero
Lamorinda Water Polo would like to honor one of the true hero’s of our sport who passed away last week. As a referee, Stephen Pal was a fair, enthusiastic, and a technically sound official. He was one of the most noticeable people on the deck as he was always smiling and talking to fans, players, and coaches in a friendly, positive manner. He grew up in Saratoga as an accomplished swimmer and polo player. His nieces and nephews play for 680, so his affinity for our program and area was clear. He was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed by our sport. Our sympathies go out to his wife and family.
2/27/2010--Water Polo for Haiti
In the National Water Polo League's benefit event, OCWPC defeated Lamorinda Water Polo Club before a sold-out crowd at JSerra CHS. Although it was an exhibition game, both teams came out and played strong. The game was defined by strong defenses on both sides. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Three Angels Children's Relief Program. A program dedicated to "coming together to help the children of Haiti by enriching their bodies with food, empowering their minds through education, and enlarging their spirits with love and compassion."
2/22/2010--World All-Stars vs Italian Greats - Haiti Benefit
On February 9, 2010, Lamorinda's Hall of Fame Athlete, Peter Varellas, played in the World All-Stars vs. Italian Greats benefit for relief in Haiti. Check out the great clips Peter sent to Boyd. Team Introduction Varellas' Goal
2/18/2010--2010 WinterFest Results
Congratulations to our WinterFest athletes for their great performance. In the AA Divisions: 14Un Boys - Silver Medal; 18Un Boys Blue - 4th Place; 16Un Boys - 5th Place; 12Un Boys - 8th Place; 18Un Boys Gold - 11th Place. In the A Divisions: 16Un Boys Black - 3rd Place; 14Un Boys - 5th Place; 12Un Boys - 12th Place; and 16Un Boys Gold - 18th Place. In the Open Division: 16Un Girls tied for 7th
2/2/2010--LWP Collegiate All-Americans
Boyd Lachance would like to extend his congratulations to all of our collegiate All-Americans for their successful 2009 season! In the Division 1 programs: Spencer Warden CAL 1st Team; Ivan Rackov CAL 3rd Team; Zach White CAL 3rd Team; Brian Dudley CAL Honorable Mention; Cory Nasoff CAL Honorable Mention; and Kent Holland BROWN Honorable Mention. In the Division 3 programs: Stephen Andron CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS Honorable Mention; and Brian Baier CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS Honorable Mention.
1/29/2010--USAWP Implements New Age-Up Policy
From now on your age for USAWP Zone Qualification Tournaments and National Championship events will be determined by your age on the first day of the respective National Championship competition. For example: Boys competing at the 2010 Junior Olympics in a 14U division will need to be 14 on Jul 31, 2010, similarly, Girls competing at the 2010 Junior Olympics in a 14U division will need to be 14 on Aug 5, 2010. This will allow players with formerly bad birthdays to complete in the lower age divisions longer, if they and their clubs choose to do so. This change applies to all age groups.
1/20/2010--High School All-Americans
Congratulations to our LWP athletes recognized to the 2009 High School All-American Rosters. Nick Hoversten 1st Team; Jon Sibley 1st Team; Mike Kimble 3rd Team; Bryan Snyder 4th Team; Nick Cooper 5th Team; John Holland 6th Team; Joey Fabian 8th Team.
1/1/2010--USA Water Polo Membership
January 1st marks the beginning of a new calendar year for USAWP. Those athletes whose membership expired on December 31st, renewing your membership is required for continued participation. To register, go to USAWP and select member login.
12/14/2009--Cal Water Polo Camp
Adjusted to December 19th only and cost is $195.00 The Boys High Performance Water Polo Camp and the Sean Nolan Goalkeeper Academy will teach water polo skills and tactics to young men in a team and camp environment with an optimal amount of pool time. For more information, go to Cal Camps. or contact Boyd Lachance at firstname.lastname@example.org
12/9/2009--NCS All-Senior Team
LWP Athletes named to the NCS All-Senior Team are Nick Cooper, Ryan Higgins, Tyler Hill, John Holland, Nick Hoversten, Morgan Kennedy, Mike Kimble, and Jon Sibley. Game is Saturday, December 12th at 1:30pm at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton following the Girls All Star Game.
12/1/2009--Olympic Development Program
The Pacific Zone Olympic Development Program (ODP) schedules for all ODP programs are now posted on the USAWP website.
11/28/2009--Cal Defeats Stanford in MPSF Playoffs
Today, the #3 seed California Bears defeated #2 seed Stanford Cardinals in a 12-11 overtime semifinal match to earn their advancement to the championship match. The Bears will face the UCLA Bruins in the championship match at 3 pm PST on Sunday, November 29th at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern California. All LWP athletes and parents are asked to wear their LWP colors proudly tomorrow in support of the Bears. Go Bears!
11/13/2009--Congratulations LWP High School Athletes
As the high school season winds to a close, LWP would like to congratulate its athletes for their valiant efforts put forth during their high school season.
11/3/2009--12U Mens Commerce Roster
The following players have been selected for the Commerce 12U Boys team: Matt Zurnacian, William Hughs, Max Murphy, Mark Preston, Nima Anjedani, Jordan Hoover, Ben Westphal, Scott Zurnacian, Andrew Deaver, Grayson Judge, John Winther, Marc Davis, and Peter Brassinga. Good luck boys!
10/21/2009--2009 Evan Cousineau Cup - 12U Boys
The pumping surf at Huntington Beach was no match for the Lamorinda 12& Unders. Saturday morning started early with a 7am match against Laguna. Lamorinda came out hot with precision passing from Mark Davis, Wylie Hughes and Jack Winther. Great teamwork and defense lead to a 9-1 victory with Jordan Hoover executing on several shots out of the hole position. The next match against San Diego Shores was an eye opener defeat that would serve us well for our next games. Coaches Trevor Wagner and Spencer Rodman instilled intense motivation, and inspired the team to a roadkill 11-3 win over Kahuna in a brutal physical battle lead by Ben Westphal and Yuri Hanley in 100 degree heat at the Tesoro High complex, the last game on Saturday. (Select News from main menu to see part 2)
10/21/2009--2009 Evan Cousineau Cup - continued
On Sunday morning, the fog was low over the El Toro pool, but the passing and shots were crisp and clear. After a 3-0 lead, Foothill came back, and using a double hole- man set up, tied the game at 6-6 at the end of regulation. Time for a shoot-out. The first round of the shoot-out ended in a 4-4 tie. With Max Murphy, Jordan Hoover, Andrew Deaver, Nima Andejani, and Scott Zurnacian firing bullets into the corners, the next round of sudden death ended in a 5-5 tie. In the 3rd round, goalie Matt Zurnacian stopped a Foothill shot, and Jordan Hoover was able to fire the victory goal, a laser inside the left post, winning the match 17-16. What a great experience for all the players. Newport Beach was the next hurdle, and after a quick 2-0 lead with goals from Max Murphy and Jordan Hoover, a tough defensive battle ensued lead by Grayson Judge, Nima Andejani and Ben Westphal. Ultimately, the Newport team had to bite their way back and eked out a 3-2 victory over Lamorinda after several suspect referee calls. The last game of the day was for 5th place in the 18 team tournament against our long time nemesis – SOCAL. An early 4-1 lead evaporated in the 4th quarter, and Andrew Deaver made a backhand shot from hole set which found the back of the net, saving an 8-6 victory, and securing 5th place – the best finish ever for the Lamorinda12 & Unders. Great job guys!
9/24/2009--What Should You Eat Before and After Water Polo Practice?
At the 14U parent's meeting, Coach Derek spoke of the importance of nutrition for water polo athletes. The article Derek referenced, "What Should You Eat Before and After Water Polo" by Dante Dettamanti, can be found on the home page of Water Polo Planet www.waterpoloplanet.com.
7/28/2009--2009 Junior Olympics
Congratulations to LWP teams for their great performance in the National Junior Olympics. In the Platinum Division, the 18U A team had an outstanding tournament finishing in 2nd place. Both the 16U and 14U A teams each finished 10th their respective age groups. In the Gold Division, the 12U A team finished in 3rd place and the 12U B team finished in 8th place. The 18U B and 14U B teams finished 13th and 17th, respectively. Great job LWP athletes!
6/30/2009--United States Club Champioship Results
Congratulations to our USCC athletes and their accomplishments in Santa Barbara this past weekend. The 18U boys battled a tough game in the champsionship round to place 2nd. The 16U boys placed 8th and our 14U boys placed 10th.
4/4/2009--LWP Receives Outstanding Rating
Lamorinda received a letter of appreciation from USAWP CEO Chris Ramsey for our outstanding performance in hosting the USAWP's national tryout for the senior program. Thank you to the following members who volunteered their services for a very successful event:
Nancy Daniel, Scott Ostler, Jeff Nash, Rob Higgins, Steve Crocker, Bruce Nelson, Richard Whitmore, Jon Kennedy, Jake Kisner, Connor Mattox, Tyler Hill, Lynn Garrett, Noel Murphy, Nick Hoversten, Karen Brickman, Julie Whitsitt, Chris McCracken, Sonia Chan, and John Briskey.
Nancy Daniel, Scott Ostler, Jeff Nash, Rob Higgins, Steve Crocker, Bruce Nelson, Richard Whitmore, Jon Kennedy, Jake Kisner, Connor Mattox, Tyler Hill, Lynn Garrett, Noel Murphy, Nick Hoversten, Karen Brickman, Julie Whitsitt, Chris McCracken, Sonia Chan, and John Briskey.
4/1/2009--California All-American High School Water Polo Teams
Congratulations to the following Lamorinda players who were named to the California All-American High School Water Polo Teams: First Team: Stephen Siri & James Perry Second Team: Nick Hoversten Third Team: Tommy Briskey Fifth Team: Jon Sibley (G) Seventh Team: Danny Crocker Eighth Team: Bret Lathrope Tenth Team: Nick Cooper
3/1/2009--2009 WinterFest Results
Congratulations on a super performance! 12U Boys - 11th - AA Division 14A Boys - 3rd - AA Division 14B-Gold Boys - 4th - A Division 14B-Blue Boys - 7th - A Division 16A Boys - 2nd - AA Division 18U Boys - 2nd - AA Division