Polo Players Edition

NOV 2011

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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P OL O R E P OR T Elkhorn's J.P. Vasquez, David Cummings, Ruben Coscia and Bill Hillard won the August 6-goal in Lexington. MID- STATES FAR AWAY EARNS CONGRESSIONAL CUP Far Away came from behind to edge Ace Hardware 7-6 in the final of the Congressional Cup at the Lexington Polo Club in Lexington, Kentucky on August 27. The tournament was played midway through a busy season. Ace Hardware was the first to score thanks to Meghan Shader, but Emilio Ensico responded for Far Away to end the first tied 1-1. Shader and teammate David Cummings scored in the second but Herndon Radcliff answered for Far Away. Buck Schott scored the only goal in the third, giving Ace a 4-2 lead. Alex Caro converted a Penalty 3 early in the fourth, but Shader had the answer. Caro took control in the fifth period, scoring three in a row to take a first-time lead. Caro added another early in the sixth. Shader converted a Penalty 3 to bring Ace within one goal, close but yet so far, and Far Away had the win. To get to the final Ace Hardware tapped Lexington 8-6 and Far Away downed Augustas Hill 14-8. In the consolation, Augustas Hill and Lexington called it a game after knotting at 7-all. The following week, Ace Hardware cruised over Elkhorn 10-4 in the Amateur Cup final. Ace Hardware's Jorge Vasquez Lexington Polo's David Cummings, Jorge Vasquez, Andrew Beck and Courtney Asdourian won the July 2-goal in Lexington, Kentucky. was being a do-it-yourself player, scoring four goals including a pair of Penalty 2 conversions in the first Louisville 10-9. To get to the final D2/Elkhorn beat two periods. Meanwhile Elkhorn was held to a goal from Mark Corddino in the first that was answered by Buck Schott in the second. Elkhorn's Glen Watterson knocked in a Penalty 3, the only goal in the third, leaving Ace Hardware holding a 5-2 advantage at the half. Corddino and Trey Schott swapped goals in the fourth. Ace saw the only action in the fifth when Schott scored another and J.P. Vasquez scored his first goal. Ace held a five-goal lead going into the final period when Buck Schott tallied back-to-back goals. David Cummings found the uprights for Elkhorn in the closing minutes but it was too little, too late and Ace took the trophies. The consolation final between Far Away and Futurity Hill ended in an 8-8 tie. In preliminary games Ace Hardware defeated Far Away 9-5, and Elkhorn topped Futurity Hill 9-7. Earlier in the season D2/Elkhorn slipped Louisville to win the July 6-goal. Tavi Usandizaga proved to be the Louisville Slugger, scoring all nine goals for his team, but it wasn't enough. J.P. Vasquez scored for Elkhorn in the first, then 5-goal Ruben Coscia took over from the penalty line. He scored Penalty 4s in the second and third periods, Penalty 3s in the third, fourth and sixth periods and three field goals to raise Elkhorn over Futurity Hill 7-4. Coscia led Elkhorn, scoring all the goals including three from the penalty line. Louisville advanced over Summer Grove 9-8. Tavi Usandizaga led Louisville with seven goals while Juan Valerdi matched that, leading Summer Grove with seven goals. In the August 6-goal, Environmental Works slipped Elkhorn in an exciting overtime match 10-9. Trey Schott was on fire in the first period, scoring a hat trick. Bill Hilliard found the mark to get Elkhorn in the grove. A Penalty 1 and a field goal by Ruben Coscia in the second tied the score but Buck Schott and Marcos Onetto combined for three goals in the third to give Environmental Works a 6-3 lead. Elkhorn bounced back once again. Coscia and Vasquez scored, while the team shut down Environmental Works. The second Penalty 1 of the match for Elkhorn tied the score, but Buck Schott gave Environmental a narrow lead. Trey Schott increased the lead with a Penalty 3 conversion but a pair of Penalty 3s by Coscia knotted the game again. When David Cummings scored for Elkhorn, it looked like they would take the win but Onetto came through for Environmental in the knick of time. Not just in the sixth, to send the game into overtime, but in the extra period when he scored the game- winner. POLO PLAYERS EDITION 55

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