LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.. -- This Saturday, the VMI water polo team will make the long trek from Lexington to Loudonville, N.Y. to take square off in a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rematches. The Keydets face host Siena College at 10 a.m., followed by Marist College at 2:30 p.m.
Fans unable to make the trek to the greater Albany area will be able to follow periodic updates through the team’s Twitter account (@VMIWomenH20Polo).
The Keydets will be looking to exact revenge on both Siena and Marist this weekend while still searching for their first MAAC victory in the brief history of the program. Earlier this season, the Keydets fell to Siena 15-5 and Marist 19-7. However, VMI played some of its best water polo of the year last weekend, falling to St. Francis (N.Y.) College 11-7 and Villanova University 12-7.
The Keydets offense is led by a pair of freshmen in Molly Andoe and Mackenzie Perkins, both of whom have surpassed the 40-goal mark this season. Andoe leads the way with 47 while Perkins is close on her heels with 46.
Senior Chelsea Nugent has chipped in 11 goals for VMI so far this season, including the program’s mark for most goals scored in a single game after she dropped seven on Salem International in the Keydets’ program premiere.
Between the pipes, senior Amanda Berrios has played a majority of the time for VMI, playing in 68 of the 72 possible quarters. She has turned aside 162 saves in her 544 minutes of action.
Occasionally, Berrios receives a respite and freshman Tatiana Wabrek steps. Wabrek, who stands at 5-11 and is the tallest player on the team, will come sometimes come in during quarters when VMI’s defense is in the shallow end of the pool, as goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the bottom during game play.
The Keydets will have a short rest before their next game, but the travel will be significantly less as VMI plays host to Salem International on Monday afternoon. That game will be played at 5:30 p.m. at Clark King Pool.