Pirates notch wins over Grossmont, Ventura

Pirates notch wins over Grossmont, Ventura

COSTA MESA -- The Orange Coast College men's water polo team hosted Grossmont and Ventura colleges in a full day's worth of action on Saturday and in the end the Pirates notched a pair of wins over their guests.

The Pirates (18-6) got things going in the morning with a 15-9 win over Grossmont. Coast jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one quarter and despite a strong effort in the second quarter from the shorthanded Griffins (10-9), the Pirates kept the pressure on, scoring six of the next seven goals overall to pull away.

OCC ripped off four goals over the last 1:50 of the second quarter as Ariel Levi scored twice and Parker Evans and Kevin Dayan each notched single goals over that span to push the Pirates ahead, 8-2.

Kevin Dayan led the way with four goals and two assists for OCC, while Levi (four assists), Evans (one assist) and Skyler Chavone each notched three goals. In goal, Alexander Furlong allowed just five goals and notched 15 saves through three-plus quarters of action.

In the afternoon matchup against Ventura, it was no contest as the OCC Pirates rolled to a 19-10 win over the VC Pirates.

Ventura scored early and late in the first quarter, but OCC sandwiched in six goals and led 6-2 after the opening eight minutes. Evans and Kevin Dayan each had a pair of goals in the frame, while Ilan Dayan and Ian Tesdall tossed in single goals as well.

The second quarter was nearly a carbon copy of the first as Ventura scored early and late, but OCC scored throughout and used a 8-2 period to lead, 14-4.

The lead grew to as many as 14 (19-5) before a late Ventura scoring outburst closed out the match.

Evans had five goals to lead the way for Coast, while Chanove, Ilan and Kevin Dayan each tossed in three goals. Once again, Furlong was solid in goal with 20 saves in just three quarters.

Coast will return to OEC action on Wednesday at Fullerton College, beginning at 4 p.m.