Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pattonville Grabs Landmark Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pattonville Grabs Landmark Win

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS * Marcus Christian wasn't exactly sure what to say.

The Pattonville High water polo coach just saw his team surrender the game-tying goal at the fourth-period buzzer against Kirkwood in Friday's District Tournament contest at the Pattonville Aquatic Complex.

"I knew they'd be really down, so I thought about it and decided to tell them just to go out there in overtime and take it back," he recalled.

The Pirates did just that.

Colin Parker, Max Bodde and Vadim Mamrenko scored in the extra session to lead Pattonville to a 15-13 win in the opening round of the eight-day, 23-team affair that will decide the state champion.

Pattonville, seeded 19th, will face third-seeded Lafayette in a second-round contest at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lindbergh High.

The upstart Pirates, in their third year of existence and their first on the varsity level, won for just the fourth time in 18 matches. The courageous triumph will go down as the first significant win in the short history of the program.

"North (St. Louis) County is not known for water polo," Christian said. "We're trying hard to change that."

Explained Parker, "This means quite a bit, our first big varsity win. We'll remember this one."

Parker and Bodde scored four goals each against 14th-seeded Kirkwood (6-16). Xan Adams added three goals. Mamrenko and Charles Gwinn had two goals each. Senior keeper Tyler Kennedy shut the door during the two 3-minute overtime sessions.

Bodde helped his club regain the momentum with a nifty back-hand goal just 31 seconds into extra play.

"It kind of hurt for little bit," Parker said of a long shot at the buzzer by Kirkwood standout Ryan Hoffmann that tied the match 12- 12. "But we used that as motivation. It made us work hard to push back."

Bodde agreed, "We thought we had it, then we had to go back and do it again."

Parker added a goal midway through the second 3-minute overtime period to push the lead to 14-12. Hoffmann, who finished with a game- high eight goals, brought his team to within 14-13 with 31 seconds left. Mamrenko iced the contest just 23 seconds later.

Pattonville scored four unanswered goals in the first half to go up 5-2. Kirkwood played catch-up the rest of the way and finally drew even on Hoffmann's goal with 2 minutes and 24 seconds left in regulation. …

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