Water Polo Highlights
2011/2012 marked the very first season of play for the VMI Keydet Water Polo Team. It was an exciting year as recruits from across the country landed on Post in August to meet the challenge of the Rat Line. Led by Senior Samantha Farr (water polo player from Southern California who served as Captain on deck and in the pool) the focus was to help transition the team from high school to Cadets. The Rat Line proved to be a positive challenge for the team, immediately bonding the group and providing solid work ethic. While 4 recruits were lost in the process, the soccer and swim teams proved to be prime recruiting grounds and come January the squad was solidified and the season was ready to begin.
The first game versus Salem International University (another new Division 1 program) revved the engines for the lady Keydets. Junior College transfer Molly Andoe scored the first goal right out of the block off a counter attack steal and pass from Mackenzie Perkins. The game continued with this blazing pace and the polo program walked away with it's first win at 22-6. At home the team also put 2 in the win category against Salem International.
In it's inaugural season a training/competition trip to California and travel to MAAC league play helped lay the foundation for the 2012/2013 season. While the win/loss category may not reflect the true success of the program Coach Phelps feels very proud of the accomplishments of the team. Co-Captain Andoe received 2nd Team All-MAAC honors, Mackenzie Perkins led the team with 64 goals, soccer goalie Amanda Berrios was successfully transitioned to the water and teammates were formed from swimming.
The work ethic and commitment displayed by this young group of Cadet athletes was inspirational and they are looking forward to a fantastic 2nd season. Five top notch recruits including: a 6'1 goalie from Santa Barbara, Center from Southern California, Center Defender from Northern California and Attackers from Florida and Michigan will be matriculating this fall. The lady Keydets will look to improve in the win/loss category and solidify themselves as a premier polo program.