Off to a 3-3 start, Coach Andy Zimmer and his Saline boys’ water polo squad have a simple goal. They want to make the state tournament and play meaningful games in November.
Last year’s edition of the Hornets finished with a 15-13 record, falling to Dexter in the opening round of the district tournament. Zimmer thinks this team can do better.
“Our strengths to start the year are speed and team chemistry. As the season progresses we need to continue to develop our offensive awareness and team defense skills,” Zimmer said.
It starts with Lucas Allen, who scored 72 goals last year. The senior co-captain carries the load on offense and defense.
“His intense defensive pressure creates scoring opportunities in transition,” said Zimmer.
His 200 career goals speak to his offensive prowess. Zimmer is counting on the senior for leadership.
“His leadership will be necessary with our relatively young team,” Zimmer said.
Michael Bundas and Jacob Aulisa are co-captains.
Bundas is another key to the offense. He scored 28 goals last season.
Though young, the Hornets are experienced. Their starting lineup features Allen, Bundas, Louis Remenapp, Ben Pummell, Aulisa and Matt Lund. All but Aulisa and Pummell started last year.
Zimmer said he was pleased by the emergence of Matt Lund.
“Matt Lund put in a significant amount of time in the off season to improving as a polo player. His speed, quickness and toughness have all grown and we will look for him to anchor our defense as the primary two-meter defender,” Zimmer said.
The team has capable Steven Rudnik in goal.
Catch the Hornets in action Friday and Saturday as they host a tournament at Saline High School.