COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The University of La Verne men's water polo team opened the 2019 season with four games at the Rare Air – Air Force Invitational over the weekend.
The Leopards picked up a win over Ottawa (AZ) to finish the weekend 1-3.
La Verne 23, Ottawa (AZ) 11
Two Leopard newcomers made big impacts for La Verne in their weekend debut in the green and orange. Vasil Halchev scored a game-high six goals for the Leopards to help his squad get rolling. Three of his goals came in the first quarter alone.
Freshman Adam Barnuevo added a hat-trick in his first weekend at La Verne, netting all three of his goals in the second half.
Returning All-American Charles Ortega picked up right where he left off last season scoring three times, all in the first half. Junio Guillermo Ocasio got off to a hot start, scoring all three of his goal in the opening eight minutes.
The Leopards got up big early in the contest, taking a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.
La Verne played tough in their other three games of the tournament, narrowly falling to Salem 15-14 in an exciting game, and dropped matches to host Air Force 23-9 and George Washington 19-11
The Leopards play their home opener this weekend when they host the Inland Empire Classic. On Saturday, La Verne opens with a 9 a.m. rematch against Ottawa before taking on Riverside Community College at 2:40 p.m. The Leopards conclude the tournament on Sunday with an 11:40 a.m. game against Fresno Pacific and a 3:40 p.m. game against Concordia Irvine.Watch Live Follow ULV Athletics on Twitter Like us on Facebook Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram