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After an undefeated season, JV Water Polo captured the MIAA title in a 13-11 victory over Mt. St. Joe's on Friday, Oct. 25 at McDonogh School. After defeating Mt. St. Joe's 20-7 in the semifinal match, Varsity lost in the finals to Calvert Hall 12-8.


Varsity Water Polo (7-0) visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. this weekend to take on Gonzaga College High School, McDonogh and Navy's club team.

The Dons went 3-0 with an 11-9 win over Gonzaga and an 11-6 win over Navy on Saturday, and a 13-3 win over McDonogh to wrap up the weekend on Sunday.

The undefeated team continues to truck ahead without Head Coach Keith Schertle, who is still recovering from back surgery. When asked about his team's performance so far, Coach Schertle said he's proud of how his team is coming together in his absence.

The Dons have two league games this week. The first is against Gilman at home on Tuesday and the second is at McDonogh on Thursday. Then, the team will travel to Reading, Pa. this weekend for the Beast of the East Tournament, the biggest water polo tournament on the east coast with approximately 48 teams competing.

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Varsity Water Polo started their season off on a high note this past weekend, defeating three top private schools in Pa.­ — Penn Charter (16-9), Malvern Prep (12-9) and Haverford School (21-10) — outscoring their opponents 49-28.

All of Loyola's players had a chance to get in on the action. In each game at least five different Dons scored, and against Haverford School, a total of nine Dons scored.

With Head Coach Keith Schertle out due to back surgery, captains Taylor Bernhardt and Jake Leonard took the lead this past weekend and will continue to do so for the rest of the season.

Before Coach Schertle's surgery last week, he sat and watched his team practice for over an hour going through several drills, and the entire time they looked great.

"Not only were they going through the drills smoothly, but they were doing them all. And by all, I mean all the drills and all the guys well," said Coach Schertle.

"While Coach Schertle was gone, we had a team meeting and talked about the fact that because he won't be around as much due to recovering from his surgery, that we have no one to blame but ourselves if we do not have the kind or year we want to have," Bernhardt explained later.

Bernhardt will also be assisting Coach Schertle with the middle school team this season. 

Next Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Dons take on Mount Saint Joseph H.S. at 5 p.m. in their home opener.




Last year, varsity water polo finished 2nd in the very prestigious Eastern Prep Water Polo Championships in Pennsylvania. This year's seasoned team feels they have some unfinished business to attend to. Senior captains Taylor Bernhardt and Jake Leonard will help lead the team along with the return of five more seniors and eight juniors. The team will also count heavily on senior JP Clancy, junior Zachary Hoelting and junior goalie Patrick Lagator. Loyola is looking for a strong season in the MIAA and on the state and regional levels. Every single varsity team member should get considerable playing time this year since the team is so deep and strong. Varsity water polo is coached by Loyola Aquatics Director Mr. Keith Schertle, Mr. Alexander Motsiopoulos and Mr. Bradley Schertle.

Junior Varsity

The 2013 JV team has considerable size, strength, speed and knowledge of the game. This year's team should be one of the best JV teams Loyola has ever fielded and could even give a number of varsity teams in the region a run for their money. Nothing except for a MIAA League Championship will do for this squad. JV water polo is coached by Mr. Dan Hoehler. Dan is in his 14th year as the JV coach. 

Middle School

The middle school team will be very young and will be concerned with ball movement and good defense. Loyola has never lost a middle school water polo game and will be strongly challenged by both Gilman and McDonogh this year. The coaching strategy is for the young men to learn ball and player movement on the offense and to shut down the opposing team on defense. Eighth grader Tiernan Brunner should be the leader for this team on both defense and offense and should be a true force in the water.