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Season Preview: Youthful Women's Water Polo Launches Into Play

Season Preview: Youthful Women's Water Polo Launches Into Play image

The first thing that stands out on the 2013 Pasadena City College women's water polo roster is the fact it contains 10 freshmen and its only returning sophomore was a reserve last season. So, head coach Terry Stoddard knows his 15th season in charge of the Lancers will involve more teaching than just coaching.

"We're looking to letterman Mariana Silva to lead and teach the freshmen our PCC system," Stoddard said.  "We have a good team in the making, but it will take time for the freshmen to learn collegiate water polo. I'm excited about this group because we have a chance to mold them into a cohesive unit."

Silva, a top driver on the squad, is a product of Roosevelt High.

Incoming center-forward Stephanie Velasco was the leading scorer for two-time, Los Angeles City Section CIF champion Eagle Rock High. 

"Stephanie is probably our fastest swimmer and she has the ability to be a go-to shooter," Stoddard said.

Scarlett Bonilla, from Montebello High, has a strong shot and is a disciplined playmaker, according to Stoddard. Another top player should be Caroline Liu, who scored a team-leading 20 goals and added 23 steals for Mark Keppel High as an All-Almont League selection.

The rest of the PCC roster is made up of new goalie Alenoush Aslanin (Glendale High, played three seasons there), utility player Jazmine Hernandez (Alhambra High), winger Camille Saurenman (Pasadena High), utility player Katherine Kleinschmidt (Reseda HS), and players in their first year competing in the sport in driver Adriane Krawinkel (who attended Lycee Francais de Palma, a french school in Spain), winger Kendall Delgado (International Polytechnic High, Pomona), and driver Connie Peng (Arcadia High).

Stoddard has brought in one of his former men's swimmers in Cario Liu to be an assistant coach. 

LANCERS OPENED SEASON WITH 2 HOME MATCHES

PCC began both the South Coast Conference schedule and its home game slate Wednesday by playing back-to-back matches against Rio Hondo and East Los Angeles Colleges. Unfortunately for the Lancers, Rio Hondo downed them, 16-6, and the brand new Huskies squad edged the Lancers, 10-9, in matches at the PCC Aquatic Center.

Against Rio Hondo, Bonilla, Hernandez, and Silva all scored two goals each while Aslanin made five saves defending the PCC goal. For Rio Hondo, Kelci Carcamo was a one-woman machine with 10 goals and numerous strong counter plays. 

The game against the Huskies came down to the final quarter. The Lancers led, 4-3, after one period and were tied, 7-7, after three quarters. In the final period, Liu connected on her first collegiate goal with just 3:48 left to tie it 9-9. But 14 seconds later, ELAC would net the winning goal when Veronica Orantes broke through the middle of the PCC defense and scored her fifth goal of the match.

Bonilla scored four goals while Velasco and Hernandez tallied two a piece. Aslanin made three saves. 

PCC will participate in the El Camino College Mini Tournament on Friday, Sept. 20. The Lancers face host El Camino at 12 noon, then take on Santa Monica College at 2:20 p.m. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Lancers resume conference play when they travel to face Long Beach City College for a 3 p.m. match.

[Photo--Lancer freshman Scarlett Bonilla ready to fire a shot during PCC's season opener Wednesday at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 09/19/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu