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2013 Water Polo Team

Sinclaire Cheong, Aragon
Kelly Dwyer, Terra Nova
Heather Pietrobono, Newark
Erica Staben, Menlo Atherton
Jasmine Zaldivar, Logan
Melissa Chatelain, Sequoia
Shelby Chung, Sonora
Kaila Clark, Half Moon Bay
Kacee Johnson, Sonora
Elizabeth Massari, Eagle, Idaho
Ashley Mullany, Terra Nova
Brittany Salcido, Gilroy
Head Coach
Randy Wright
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Derek Koo
Tiffany Chan
Kathryn Velichko
College San Mateo enters this season with a lot of new faces and big expectations. In 2012, CSM finished second in the Coast Conference and earned their first trip to the postseason, placing in a tie for fifth at NorCals. “The team is much different this year. Last year we relied on All American goalie Daria Kekuewa and All American speedster Miya Oto for leadership. They have now moved on and our game strategy has entirely changed.” Kekuewa who transferred to the University of Hawaii joins the UH polo team, a top 10 team in NCAA Division 1 while Oto starts school at UC Davis and it’s still unclear if she will swim or play.

The dynamics of this year’s team is powered by team strength. We have a number of girls that can score including every player on the bench. It will be interesting to see if a leader does step up, but I imagine this team will be a collective effort. Sophomores Zaldivar and Staben heavily contributed to the scoring in 2012 and their game is better than ever. I am most impressed with the improvement of sophomore Kelly Dwyer. During the first month of the season last year she was strictly a roll player. She is now a leader, she is fast, and she has found her shot.

CSM brings in seven new freshmen. Shelby Chung is the real deal. She can score. She has great goal awareness and can find a shot anywhere in the field. Her ability to play a number of positions really fits into our style of play. Also from Sonora is Kacee Johnson. Kacee is smart, and it has really been a bonus to have two girls from the same school on the team, their connection has enabled others to really grasp the idea of team play. Melissa Chatelain is a solid utility player and Kaila Clark is a lefty, my first lefty in six years.

CSM kicks off its season at home on Tuesday, September 17 against Delta. I know it’s the first game, but any time you play outside the conference it’s a big game. Last year we were able to beat four Big 8 schools and earn the final wild card berth for playoffs. This may be the only time we play Delta this year, I hate to say must win, but it sure would give us a great opportunity for another special season.

CSM will host the Northern California Regional Playoffs this year. The goal is to win conference and make the playoffs, it would be sweet to get this done being the 2013 host for NorCals.