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Ian Supra and the Panthers hold off Winter Park, 10-9 (2014)

Men's Water Polo wins for Team Supra
2/27/2014 2:49:00 AM

If you were in attendance at the YMCA Aquatic Center last night, you will never forget it and if you weren't there, we truly wish you were. After a milestone 10-9 victory over Winter Park by our Women's Water Polo team, our Men's Water Polo team took to the pool for pregame warm-ups. With five minutes left before game time, both DP and Winter Park lined up for the team introductions and as the Panthers' lineup was announced, everyone in the packed house waited in anticipation until their man of the hour was introduced: "...# 13.....IAN SUPRA!" The largest crowd in program history erupted into a thunderous ovation as every fan in attendance, whether loyal to Dr. Phillips, Winter Park, Olympia, Freedom and everywhere else, showed their unwavering support for a young man whose fight has touched so many lives across the nation and around the globe. Cleared to play in this game by his physician just a day earlier, Supra watched...and coached...his team from the bench as they overcame an early 2-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead at the half. In the third quarter, DP doubled their lead on a pair of goals by Parker Sellers and Evan Staton to make it 7-5 but Winter Park battled back to tie the game at 8-8 with 4:14 left in the game. Subsequent goals by Staton and Andrew Sweet put DP back on top, 10-8, but the Wildcats wouldn't go away, scoring a critical goal at the 2:45 mark to cut the DP lead back to just one goal. With the crowd on its feet and 1:50 left on the clock, coach Leo Ramirez looked over to his right at his senior captain and asked "Are you ready?"...and without hesitation, Ian Supra rose off the bench, removed his shirt and jumped into the pool to fight with his teammates just as they have for him. With a deafening roar from the Blue Zoo behind them, the Panthers (2-0) withstood a furious assault, highlighted by a spectacular save from goaltender Nik Lachinski in the closing seconds, for a monumental 10-9 victory. And while there were so many solid performances, Evan Staton (six goals), Anshul Devnani (two goals), Andrew Sweet (goal, two assists, two steals), Parker Sellers (goal, three assists, two steals), Corbin Chamberlain (five steals, two assists) and Nik Lachinski (12 saves)...this night belonged to Ian Supra. It was about a young man that refuses to be beaten and a community that loves him so much they simply will not allow it. 

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