The reigning girls water polo district champions are back at it. Our girls water polo team is undefeated this season.
Last year they suffered two defeats in the regular season against Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School. This year MAST decisively defeated them 14-9. Clearly they have become an even greater team.
Junior goalie Judith Benigni has had a superb season so far. She held district rival Miami Country Day School to just three goals as MAST totaled 16.
It has been that kind of season for the MAST girls, defeating teams by more than 20 points in multiple games. When you look at their offense it is no wonder why; they are led by Co-captain junior Cara Mullery who has played water polo for a lomg time. She is the unifying force of the team, lifting up players who have never played until high school such as star player sophomore Shea Baldino who was a starter her freshman year.
Despite the successes of the water polo season there was also an enormous setback. Co-captain senior Madison Richards, who has been on the team since her freshman year and is one of the fastest players in the water, suffered a concussion. The concussion was tragic for the team because Richards has always been a huge contributor; in fact, she scored the sudden death shot that won districts for the team last year.
Yet, in their time of trial, MAST looked to sophomore Valerie Bracho and rookie freshman Josefina Pons to step up and contribute to the team, scoring a handful of goals in Richards’ absence.
You cannot have a conversation about the girls water polo team without mentioning co-captain junior Angelica Varona, the hole set and center figure of the offensive attack. She has scored in every game, a trend among some of the girls such as Mullery and Baldino.
“The bonding experience that we have undergone as a team has made being a part of water polo an unforgettable experience. The coaches are always very supportive which makes learning the sport enjoyable.” junior Gia Castillo said.
This year’s girls team coach Alfredo Cancelo said has high hopes for his team.
“I’m planning on winning GMACS, Districts and Regionals to get to States for the first time in several years,” Cancelo said.
Cancelo encourages players to “be the best version of yourself everyday.” These words of wisdom have inspired the girls throughout this season.