Puliki Rogers enjoys the Lahainaluna Lunas water-polo team. They continue to get better.
The Lunas win raised its record to 5-0. They maintain the top spot in the MIL standings. The MIL teams began the second round of matches.
Thursday’s game marked the first official meeting between the Lunas and Seabury Hall Spartans this season.
The teams had to play a scrimmage the opening day as Seabury (0-5) could not field enough players. The Spartans forfeited the matchup.
The Lunas were strong and took a 6-3 lead after a quarter. The quarter featured two around-the back goals by Puliki Rogers and Maile Cacal.
Although Luca Jenkins, Bella Jardine, and Caroline Belew of the Spartans tried to close the gap during the second quarter, they combined for four goals. But at the half, the advantage was still 10-7.
Rogers scored four more goals after Cacal scored an early goal in the third. The Lunas increased their lead to 15-10 at the end of the third quarter.
Rogers scored five more goals in the fourth quarter and Cacal added an assist.
Seabury Hall’s Jenkins scored back to back goals in the final minute but it was not enough to overcome the Lahainaluna Lunas.
For the Lunas, Cacal had five goals and Maurii Niles had three.
Jardine was the Spartans’ top scorer with six goals. Jenkins had four goals, while Belew scored five.