Beckman wins 1st PCL match, routs University 13-6

The Beckman Patriot boys varsity water polo team bounced back after two stinging and narrow losses to Woodbridge and Northwood to win their first PCL game, a 13-6 routing of University at home.

Senior Travis Ruoff got the Patriots off to a quick 3-0 start with three goals in the first period and Beckman never looked back. Offensively, Ruoff had four goals, Seniors Baylor Reynoso and Chase Himler chipped in with two each, and adding goals were Seniors Aviv Zohman and Travis Spaan, Junior Trevor Grubb and Sophomores AJ Marsh and Eli Schwarz. Zohman also drew four fouls with Reynoso and Himler drawing two each.

Defensively, Senior goalie Matt Tran was again superb and in control with nine saves and two steals. Zohman managed four steals and Marsh had two.

Head Coach Duje Grubisic was pleased with his team’s progress. “It was good to get our first league win. We played better with a lot less turnovers than in previous games. In our upcoming games we have to convert our opportunities better, especially on Tuesday when we have CDM visiting.”

Next up: The Patriots face PCL Division rival Corona Del Mar at home on October 10, then travel to face Irvine on October 12.

Boys water polo Senior Patrick Hajali named 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalist

Beckman has 26 National Merit Semi-Finalists!!!

 About 1.5 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). This serves to screen program entrants, measuring critical reading ability, mathematics problem-solving ability, and writing ability, rather than existing knowledge. Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis, contingent on the total number of entrants and in proportion to each state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students. Recently, the 2017-18 National Merit semifinalists were announced and Beckman had a whopping 26 national merit semi-finalists! Congratulations to: Pradyun Biswas, Angela Cai, Erik Chen, Brian Chu, Sara Du, Darren Gerchick, Patrick Hajali, SeEun Hyung, Lucas Kim, Erica Lee, Daniel Murray, Britney Nguyen, Jennifer Pan, Grace Park, Elaine Pham, Rajan Saini, Min Ji Seo, Marva Shi, Aditya Suresh, Orion Tang, Sarah Teng, Tuong Minh Tran, Tristan Weaver, Jason Wong, Ziyi Wu, Michelle Xu

Beckman falls to Woodbridge in double OT, 11-9

The Beckman Patriots boys water polo team found themselves in another double overtime thriller on the road, this time falling 11-9 to the Woodbridge Warriors in the opening matchup of Pacific Coast League rivals.

This was a very close and physical match featuring two well-balanced teams. The score was tied at the end of each of the periods: 2-2 after the first, 4-4 at the half, and 5-5 after the third period; were it not for the spectacular play of Senior goalie Matt Tran, the game would not even be this close. In the fourth period, things looked very promising for the Patriots as they began the period with three quick goals to take an 8-5 lead with 2:45 remaining in the game.

Then, the wheels fell off the bus for the Patriots as they committed several crucial turnovers. Woodbridge capitalized and scored three goals to knot up the game at 8-8 and head into overtime. In the first OT period, Woodbridge scored first to take a 9-8 lead and held on to that until late in the period. Then, with just seconds left, Beckman Senior Aviv Zohman scored from close range, with his fourth goal of the game, to force a second OT. But in the 2nd OT period, turnovers plagued the Patriots again and they could not hold on, giving up two more goals for the final score of 11-9.

Leading Beckman offensively were Zohman with four goals, and Senior Chase Himler with two goals. Rounding out the scoring for the Patriots with a goal apiece: Senior Travis Ruoff, Sophomore Elijah Clark, and Freshman Richie Yun. Senior Baylor Reynoso drew three exclusions to give the Patriots multiple 6 on 5 opportunities. Defensively, the Patriots were led by Tran with 11 saves and 5 steals, and Yun with three steals.

Head Coach Duje Grubisic knew from the start that it would be a tough, physical game. “With Matthew making couple of crucial saves from our unforced turnovers, we were able to stay in the game and even go up in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, our lack of concentration made us lose that advantage and ultimately the game. I look forward to our next match at home against them.”

Next up: The Patriots begin the three-day South Coast Tournament with an opening match on Thursday September 22 vs. Laguna Beach at Foothill High School.