In the second round of play in the 2014 USPA Silver Cup at the Santa Barbara Polo Club, Lucchese (John Muse, Tommy Collingwood, Sapo Caset and Jeff Hall) opened Sunday’s competition by destroying the 2013 defending championship FMB team (Danny Walker, Inaki Laprida, Lucas Criado and Henry Walker) 15-6.
Lucchese spotted the 19-goal FMB team a goal by handicap and saw Lucas Criado put them on top, 2-0 in the opening minutes of the game. Lucchese responded with goals from Jeff Hall and Sapo Caset to tie it up at 2-2 at the end of the first chukker
Lucchese got it all going in the second chukker as an aggressive defensive effort shut down the FMB attack. Tommy Collingwood scored twice and Hall added his second goal of the game for a 5-2 lead.
The teams exchanged goals in the third with Criado adding another goal for FMB while Caset responded with a goal from the field. Lucchese maintained their three goal lead at the end of the first half, 6-3.
Caset added two more goals in the fourth period on a 30-yard penalty conversion and a goal from the field. For the second time in the game, FMB was unable to score and trailed 8-3 with two chukkers left in regulation time.
FMB had their best offensive chukker of the game in the fifth. Two goals from the field from Inaki Laprida and a Penalty 1 that awarded them a goal gave them six goals, but it was hardly enough. Two goals from hall and two from teammate Caset kept Lucchese far in the lead at 12-6.
FMB completed their meltdown in the final chukker where, for the third time, they were unable to come up with a goal. Frustration had Criado receiving his third Technical Four of the game and saw the umpires rule him off the field for the balance of the chukker. Two more goals from Caset (one on a 60-yard penalty conversion) and a goal from Collingwood ended the game with a humbled EMB team on the losing end of a 15-6 score.
Caset led all scoring with eight goals. Hall added four goals to the cause and Collingwood scored three times. Criado and Laprida scored just two goals apiece for FMB, who also received one goal by handicap and another on a penalty award.
The win boosted Lucchese’s record to 2-0 while FMB drops to 1-1.
ERG 12, Wildcat 7
In the second game of the day ERG (Scott Wood, Remy Muller, Sebastian Merlos and Agustin Merlos) broke loose a 5-5 halftime tie by outscoring Wildcat (Ryan Gilbertson, Joseph Stuart, Paco de Narvaez and Santi Chavanne) 7-3 in the final three chukkers of the game on their way to a 12-7 win.
Wildcat took the early lead on consecutive 40-goal penalty conversions from Paco de Narvaez, 2-0. ERG team captain Scott Wood kept his team from getting shutout by scoring a goal, 2-1.
Santiago Chavanne scored Wildcat’s only goal of the second period with Wood matching the goal with one of his own. Wildcat remained in the lead, 3-2 after two chukkers of play.
Two goals from Agustin Merlos and a goal from his older brother Sebastian Merlos were countered by two penalty goals from de Narvaez. At the end of the first half it was all even at 5-5.
ERG shut down the Wildcat attack in the fourth and added two goals of their own. Sebastian Merlos scored a goal from the field and Agustin Merlos added a 30-yard penalty goal for a 7-5 advantage.
For the second consecutive chukker the Wildcat team was held scoreless as the ERG attack ran loose. Three goals from the field from Agustin Merlos and a goal from the field from the Argentine 9-goaler had ERG comfortably in the lead, 11-5.
De Narvaez scored on two penalty shots in the sixth, 10-7, but the game belonged to ERG. A final goal from Wood (a 30-yard penalty conversion) ended the game in a 12-7 ERG win.
The victory leveled ERG’s record at 1-1 while Wildcat suffered their second consecutive loss, 0-2.
Agustin Merlos led all scoring with seven goals. Wood scored three times and Sebastian Merlos added two goals for the win. De Narvaez scored all six of his goals on penalty shots for Wildcat. Chavanne added a goal in the loss.