The Cate girls water polo program is one on the rise. Calling the state of the art Emmett Horowitz Aquatic Center home amidst the backdrop of the Los Padres Mountains, there may not be a more inspiring training environment in the area. The location allows the team to challenge each member to be their best in a supportive and instruction based program. Girls learn the fundamentals of the game while emphasizing teamwork and camaraderie in an effort to build a strong foundation routed in consistency, self-discipline and sportsmanship. These lessons learned through sport are easily applied and important skills to develop in the classroom and life itself.
Girls Water Polo
Winter 2016 - 2017
Girls Water Polo
Girls Varsity Water Polo vs. Santa Ynez
The visiting Cate Rams played a hard-fought match against the Santa Ynez Pirates this afternoon, falling by a score of 9-19. In goal, newcomer Cloe Tarlton got the start as her and Jazmin Estevez-Rosas alternated quarters The physicality on both ends of the pool made for an exciting game, as the Pirates struck first on the second possession of the quarter. Two plays later, the Rams evened the score with their only goal of the quarter off a lob from Sophomore attacker Elle Hendriks, who paced the Rams offensive effort with 6 goals. After three unanswered goals, the Pirates would head into the second quarter with a 4-1 lead.
Second quarter actions continued a similar trend, as the Pirates netted the first goal. Just 19 seconds later, the deficit was cut back to 3 off an emphatic finish by Hendriks from 7 meters. The Rams defense fought to match the intensity, but the Pirates strung successive goals together in the next 2 minutes of play. With 3:26 left in the half, Senior Lila Dressler would make a great move in center off a pass from Aparna Iyer to put the ball away and make the score 8-3 in favor of the Pirates. For the rest of the second quarter, both defenses would fight for another goal, but efficient communication by senior center defender Halie Straathof helped the rest of the Rams remain active as the score stayed 8-3 headed into the second half.
Third quarter action saw the Pirates put away two unanswered goals before Hendriks scored another outside shot to break the slump for the Rams with 4:54 left to make the score 4-10. Over the next two minutes, teams would alternate 4 goals as Cate junior Brie Walker scored off a drive across the perimeter, beating the goalie cross-cage with the finish. The Pirates scored on the following possession, followed by Dressler scoring another goal out of 2m for Cate. With the Pirates scoring 2 more unanswered goals, the Rams would enter the final period of play down 6-14.
To start the final period of play, Hendriks scored her fourth goal of the game off a foul shout outside of 5 meters. The Rams defense continued to improve throughout the game, although the Pirates continually had an answer to the Rams defense. Hendriks scored two more goals in the final minute of play, as the rams ultimately fell 9-19 at the end of regulation. The Cate coach felt “every game has shown visible progress. This is the most physical team the girls have seen and they did well adjusting to the pressure and using each other to find a solution on both offense and defense. They play with a lot of heart and never gave up through four quarters. We hope to build off this game and minimize the small mistakes as we move forward.”
Girls Varsity Water Polo vs. Lompoc
Cate Girls water polo won their first game of the season against the Lompoc Braves by a score of 19-7. The Rams were paced by Senior Lila Dressler, scoring a career high 8 goals. Cate came out firing with 5 consecutive goals. Dressler scored a hat-trick in the first quarter, complimented by a pair of goals from Sophomore Ella Hendriks. Active defensive play from the entire team was a major factor of the teams overall performance, as Jazmin Estevez-Rosas recorded a shutout until half way through the second period. Junior Maddie Goodman and sophomore Sarah Dike provided stable minutes for the Rams off the bench, as their comfortability at the varsity level visibly improved throughout the course of the game. The second quarter saw another goal from Dressler, and Junior Brie Walker scored her first of two with 4:48 to play in the half, bringing the score to 8-1 heading into the third quarter.
To start the second half, the Rams came out on a 4 goal run with scores on successive possessions. Dressler scored with 5:32 to play, followed by Ella Hendriks on a counter attack just 30 seconds later. Tilly Bates scored her lone goal of the match on the very next play to put the Rams up 11-1. Junior Katherine Scott entered the game and displayed much improved defense awareness as she played the majority of the second half. Following the run, both team would trade goals throughout the next 3 minutes to make the score 15-4 headed into the 4th quarter.
Newcomer Cloe Tarlton tended goal in the 4th quarter, recording several nice blocks and allowing transition play to see 4 more Cate scores. Senior Halie Straathof scored the first goal of the quarter, followed by Walker as she netted an upper corner goal for her second of the match. Katherine Scott scored her first goal of the season with 1:50 left from great team play and recognition in transition, while Lila Dressler recorded her 8th goal of the match with 1:14 to play. The coach felt “the improvement from game to game was refreshing to see. They were playing amazing team defense and the effort through 4 quarters was all I could ask of them.”
Head Girls Varsity Water Polo Coach
Head Girls JV Water Polo Coach
8-6 Frontier League, 10-10 Overall
CIF-Southern Section 2nd Round
2016 All-League Honorees:
Ella Hendriks ’19- First Team
Sam Hill ’16- Second Team
Halie Straathof ’17- Second Team
Cecelia Sanborn ’16- Honorable Mention
Lila Dressler ’17- Honorable Mention
Tilly Bates ’18- Honorable Mention