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Junior goalie Sam Horency blocks a shot against Lake Nona in the 2019 Ian Supra Memorial Tournament

Women's Water Polo 4th at Supra Tourney
3/10/2019 10:14:00 PM

After dominating the group stage on Friday, competition stepped up significantly for Women's Water Polo in the semifinal round but despite coming up short to eventual champion Lake Nona and later Miami Gulliver in the bronze medal game, the Panthers held their own in both contests. In the semifinal, DP faced Lake Nona for the second time this season and improved substantially from their first loss to the Lions nine days earlier. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead in the first and trailed by a goal after the second and third quarters but couldn't find the net in the fourth in a 9-6 defeat. Hope Miller led DP with three goals, Ana Luisa Cotta scored twice with an assist and two steals and Peyton Haines added a solo goal. Sam Horency stopped six shots on goal and also collected two steals. Ana Luisa Cotta also recorded her 13th field block of the season, which eclipsed Allie Magrino's school record of 12 set back in 2013, and that number will rise even higher with at least nine games remaining on the schedule. 

The loss to Lake Nona dropped DP into the bronze medal contest where they faced traditional state power Miami Gulliver in what turned out to be their most physical game of the season. Once again, DP jumped out to a first quarter lead (4-2) where everything seemed to be clicking offensively and defensively, and that lead stayed at two with the Panthers leading 5-3 at the break. In the third, however, everything collapsed as Gulliver scored five consecutive goals to start the quarter, finishing with a 7-2 goal advantage over DP in the period, the most goals the Panthers have surrendered in one quarter this season. To make things even more difficult, DP's top scorer, junior Ana Luisa Cotta, suffered a horrifying injury when she took an elbow to the nose and had to be helped from the water with blood covering her face. Gulliver added another score while she was getting tended to but DP battled back admirably with a goal from Peyton Haines into the left corner that cut the margin to 10-7. In the fourth, DP got another lift when Hope Miller scored her second goal of the game and a cleaned-up Ana Luisa Cotta shook off her injury, jumped back into the water and quickly scored to pull the Panthers within one, 10-9. Gulliver would go on to score one more goal to end DP's comeback bid, though, for the 11-9 final. Ana Luisa Cotta finished with three goals, two assists and two steals, Peyton Haines scored three with an assist and a steal, Hope Miller put two in the cage and Brittney Bonnin scored one, assisted on a second and picked up a steal. Sam Horency was strong in goal again with eight saves and two steals. DP (12-5) will host West Orange for Senior Day Wednesday.

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