On Sunday, Sept. 19, the water polo A team took on three tough opponents in back-to-back-to-back games. In the first matchup, Pace and the North Springs Spartans battled for control of the game. The Spartans jumped out to a 5-3 lead after the first quarter, but the Knights held the Spartans scoreless in the second to tie the game at 5 heading into halftime. The Knights tightened up in the second half to notch a 9-7 win Senior Cameron Saini had 12 saves in goal. Junior Carter Freudenstein had four goals and an assist; junior Aidan Carroll had three goals and three assists; sophomore Avi Narula had two goals and two assists; and Saini and junior Barrett Hight had one assist each.
In game two, the Knights faced Chamblee, also a contender for the division’s top spot. Chamblee emerged from the first quarter with a 4-3 edge. In the second, Chamblee held the Knights scoreless while adding 3 more to take a 7-3 halftime lead. Despite a major offensive spark, in the second half, Chamblee came away with a 13-9 win. Saini again played tough in goal, turning away 10 shots and earning an assist. Freudenstein had three goals and three assists; Narula added four goals; Carroll and Hight had one goal each.
Game three of the day challenged the Knights all the way, but they persevered and defeated Calhoun for the third time this season, 19-13. The Knights went into halftime down 10-7, and both teams netted three goals in the third quarter. In the homestretch, Pace scored 6 points, while Calhoun added 3. Freshman Quinn Culpepper had a great game in goal, turning away some really big shots and ending with 15 saves. Ten players scored and/or assisted in the game. Freudenstein had 12 goals and one assist; freshman Reid Richardson had four goals; Carroll earned two assists, while Hight had six and Culpepper and junior Corey Lochan had one apiece. Junior Luca Tanasa had one goal and two assists; freshman Will Moss added two goals; and freshman Henry Bryan had one assist.