Polo Players Edition

DEC 2018

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 O L O R E P O R T POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 53 "You've definitely got to capitalize and jump on it when a team struggles a little bit like they did today," Campbell said. "Fortunately, we got lucky they missed a lot and that kept us in the game after our slow start. But we finished strong and we were able to get it done for the Fross & Fross team today." It was the weekend's Most Valuable Player, Midge Ellison, who got the finale off to a fast start, as she cashed in on offensive rushes for two goals and the early 2-0 Arden's lead through a chukker of play. Fross & Fross got back on its horse after the early deficit, responding with four of the next five goals to close the first half, including two by Campbell, to claim a 4-3 lead at the halftime divot- stomping. After seven goals in a wide-open first half of action, the defensive marking tightened over the final three chukkers of play with the two teams combining for just four tallies in the second half. Saracco streaked ahead of the pack and carried possession more than 100 yards, before slicing the ball between the pipes for the lone goal of the fourth chukker to give Fross & Fross a 5-3 advantage. Guerreno tallied the fifth chukker's only goal, as he cleaned up a rebound opportunity to bring Arden's Jewelers back to within 5-4 entering the sixth and final period of play. A goal by Arden's Jewelers' Charly Quincoces with 2:49 to play knotted the score at five goals apiece before Campbell's breakaway dash on the game-winning tally. Fross & Fross' Back rushed to a loose ball, just beating out a sharp defensive angle of the hard-charging Quincoces, before slapping it through the pipes to earn the victory. "A lot of pressure right there going to goal," Campbell said. "I knew I had to keep my head down and give it my all. My horse, she's the one that got me the ball there in the nick of time just before Charly (Quincoces), and fortunately, it had just enough to cross the line." Ellison finished with three goals of her own to lead Arden's Jewelers in the losing effort. —Cody Hills UK POLO TRIUMPHS IN ARENA CHALLENGE CUP UK Polo overcame two tough teams in the Arena Challenge Cup, played in a round-robin format, this past summer. In the first round, UK Polo (Anastasia Vialov, Eva Crossman, Maggie Halloway, Ben Lynch) took on Three Trees (Stuart Boland, Brent Boland, James Boland). James Boland struck first but Lynch responded with a two-pointer to give UK Polo a quick lead. Neither team could find the target the rest of the chukker. In the second, Crossman hit the mark to increase the lead. Holloway extended it further, while Three Trees came up empty. UK took the first- round win, 4-1. UK Polo then sat out while Three Trees took on Commonwealth (Meg Campos, Donald Nickou, Maximilliano Reynoso). Nickou drew first blood. Stuart Boland answered back with a penalty conversion to knot the score, 1- 1. In the second, Reynoso sunk a two- pointer to take the lead. James Boland found the mark for Three Trees but Campos responded with two. Brent Boland got in one last goal but it was not enough and Commonwealth took the 5-3 win. The final round was for all the marbles. UK Polo quickly got on the board with a goal from Lynch. Campos shot back but Crossman gave UK Polo back the lead. Vialov sunk a goal early in the second and Holloway followed with another to take a convincing 4-1 lead. Commonwealth was not ready to concede. Reynoso found the mark with a two-pointer to bring his team within one, 4-3, but it ran out of time and UK Polo held on for the win. Meg Campos was MVP and Columbia, owned by UK Polo and played by Ben Lynch, was Best M I D S T A T E S UK Polo's Ben Lynch, Eva Crossman, Maggie Holloway and Anastasia Vialov won the Arena Challenge Cup in Kentucky. Fross & Fross' Paul Wadsworth, Kelly Beck, Luis Saracco and Stuart Campbell won the Fross & Fross 6-Goal Cup.

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