C. V. Whitney Cup and Iglehart Cup finals set; Orchard Hill in Les Armour cup finals

Lechuza Caracas to meet Alegria in
C. V. Whitney Cup final; wins by Crab Orchard and Villa Del Lago set up the
Iglehart Cup finals; Orchard Hill earns finalist spot in Les Armour Cup

By Alex Webbe

Plenty of
high-goal polo was on the menu Thursday at the International Polo Club with
competition in the 20-goal Les Armour Cup semifinal; the 20-goal Iglehart Cup
semifinals; and the second of the semifinals for the 26-goal C. V. Whitney Cup
in play.

An 11am contest
kicked off the day with Orchard Hill facing Audi in the Les Armour Cup
semifinals.  After playing to a 7-7
halftime tie, Orchard Hill exploded for nine second half goals enroute to a
decisive 16-12 win and a berth in Sunday’s finals.

Audi 10-goaler
Gonzalo Pieres scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the
first chukker as the two teams battled up and down the field.  Orchard Hill’s Pablo MacDonough finally got
his team on the scoreboard with 48 seconds on the clock in the opening period
of play.  At the end of the first seven
minutes of play, the score was deadlocked at 1-1.

The pace
escalated in the second chukker with Pablo MacDonough scoring two goals from
the field, the first coming in the opening 30 seconds of the period.  Matias Macdonough added a goal on a penalty
conversion, but Audi answered every Orchard Hill goal and then some.  Nico Pieres scored a goal from the field and
brother Gonzalito Pieres scored three times in the period, twice on penalty
shots.  After two chukkers Audi held a
narrow 5-4 advantage.

Nico Pieres opened
the third with a goal from the field.  A
penalty goal from Gonzalito Pieres had Audi up, when Orchard Hill fired
back.  With just 2:40 left in the chukker
Orchard Hill rang up a pair of goals from Matias MacDonough and a goal from the
field from Pablo MacDonough.  It was all
even at 7-7 at the end of the first half.

The Orchard
Hill attack continued in the opening minutes of the second half with Matias
Macdonough converting a pair of penalty shots for goals and Pablo MacDonough adding
a goal from the field.  The Orchard Hill
defense limited Audi to a single penalty goal from Gonzalito Pieres.  After four periods of play, Orchard Hill
charged out to a 10-8 lead.

The two teams
traded goals in the fifth, with Matias Macdonough adding two more penalty shots
for goals and Brazilian 8-goaler Rodrigo Andrade scoring a goal from the field.  Gonzalito Pieres scored on penalty shots from
the 40 and 60-yard lines while teammate Jeff Hall sent the ball through the
goal posts for Audi.  At the end of the
fifth, Orchard continued to lead by two goals, 13-11.

Nico Pieres
stole an Orchard Hill knock-in for a quick goal in the sixth, cutting the lead
to a single goal, 13-12, but that was where it ended.  Orchard Hill ran off three straight goals
(Andrade, Pablo Macdonough and team captain Steve Van Andel) for the 16-12
victory and a berth in the finals of the Les Armour Cup against the winner of
Friday’s game between Piaget and ERG.

Pieres led the field in scoring with eight goals (six on penalty shots).  Nico Pieres scored three times and Jeff Hall
added a goal in a losing effort.  Matias
Macdonough scored all seven of his goal from the penalty line.  Ten-goaler Pablo MacDonough registered six
goals, with Andrade adding two to the effort and Van Andel scoring once.


Crab Orchard
scored their second semifinal win of the season and will be going to their
second finals on the strength of their 8-6 win over a talented Port Mayaca
foursome in the semifinals of the Iglehart Cup.

Port Mayaca
received one goal by handicap from the 20-goal Crab Orchard team and were
forced to watch as Mariano Aguerre and Matias Magrini each tallied a goal in
the opening chukker for a 2-1 edge.

The Crab Orchard
defense shut out Port Mayaca for the second consecutive chukker while putting
up two more goals of their own.  Just
two-and-a-half minutes into the second chukker, Magrini converted a 60-yard
penalty shot for a goal and Aguerre closed out the scoring in the period with a
goal from the field with under three minutes on the clock.  Port Mayaca had failed score a single goal
and trailed 4-1.

Aguerre’s third
goal of the day had Crab Orchard on top, 5-1 with Port Mayaca showing little
signs of an effective attack.  A missed
penalty shot from 60-yards didn’t bode well for Port Mayaca, but with 2:20 left
in the chukker, Marianito Obregon converted a 40-yard penalty shot for a
goal.  Felipe Viana and Magrini responded
with single goals (Magrini’s came on a 40-yard penalty shot) to end the first
half with Crab Orchard on the winning end of a 7-2 score.

Port Mayaca
returned to the field in the fourth chukker with renewed determination, but the
results changed little.  The Port Mayaca
defense did step up to the plate and stem the Crab Orchard attack, but were
limited to a single penalty goal from Obregon. 
With two chukkers left in the game, Port Mayaca trailed by four goals,

Both defenses
continued to dominate in the fifth, but Stevie Orthwein managed to score a goal
from the field with less than three minutes in the period to account the total
combined offense of both teams in the chukker. 
Port Mayaca was pecking away at the Crab Orchard lead, but Crab Orchard
left the field at the end of the chukker ahead by three goals, 7-4.

Aguerre finally
got Crab Orchard back in the scoring column with a goal from the field to lead
8-4.  Port Mayaca battled back, picking
up two more goals from Obregon but ended up on the short end of an 8-6 score.  Thw win boosts Crab Orchard into the finals
of the 2013 Iglehart Cup.

Aguerre’s four
goals led the Crab Orchard attack. 
Magrini added three goals, two on penalty shots, and Viana scored once in
the win.  Obregon scored three of his
team-leading four goals on penalty shots. 
Orthwein added a goal and the team received one goal by handicap.


Villa Del Lago
ran out to a 10-4 halftime score before registering a 16-10 win over a highly-touted
Tonkawa team and earning a berth in Sunday’s 20-goal Iglehart Cup finals.

Brandon Phillips
got Tonkawa on the scoreboard first with a goal from the field in the opening
chukker, and 8-goaler Nic Roldan converted a 60-yard penalty shot, but it wasn’t
enough.  Villa Del Lago got two first
chukker goals from Magoo Laprida (one on a penalty shot) and a single goal from
Agustin Obregon for the early 3-2 lead.

Villa Del Lago
continued to out-perform Tonkawa in the second frame of the game.   Villa
Del Lago put up three goals (two from Obregon n doe from Guille Aguero) in the
period while limiting Tonkawa to a single goal from Roldan.  The Villa Del Lago lead had expanded to three
goals, 6-3.

Four more Villa
Del Lago goals broke the game wide open in the third with Jared Zenni leading
the way with three of them.  Laprida
added a single goal as Villa Del Lago jumped out to a 10-4 halftime advantage.  Jeff Hildebrand scored his team’s only goal
on a penalty conversion.

Villa Del Lago
stretched its lead to eight goals, 12-4, in the fourth before Roldan answered
with a single goal for Tonkawa.  Laprida
added a closing goal (penalty conversion) and the fourth chukker ended with Villa
Del Lago holding a commanding 13-5 lead.

Both defenses
tightened in the fifth, with Zenni adding his fifth goal of the game and Roldan
adding a goal to the Tonkawa total.  With
one chukker left to play, Villa Del Lago continued to hold an eight goal lead,

The Tonkawa attack
seemed to have found itself in the final chukker, with Phillips putting up three
goals and Roldan converting a 40-yard penalty shot for a goal. Villa Del Lago
saw Laprida score on a penalty shot and Obregon add a goal from the field in
the 16-10 win.

Zenni and
Laprida each scored five times for Villa Del Lago.  Obregon added four goals and Aguero scored
twice.  Roldan led the Tonkawa attack with
five goals (two on penalty shots). 
Phillips scored four times and Hildebrand added a goal in a losing

The Villa Del
Lago victory set s up Sunday’s noon finals in the Iglehart Cup between Villa
Del Lago and Crab Orchard.


The final match
of the day took place on the stadium field of the International Polo Club with
Lechuza Caracas bouncing back from a three goal deficit, 12-9, at the end of
the fifth chukker to score an exciting 13-12 win over a powerful and talented
Coca-Cola team.

Lechuza Caracas
scored both first chukker goals for the early 2-0 advantage as Coca-Cola
struggled to find its offense.  A goal
from the field from 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero and a 60-yard penalty conversion
from Polito Pieres ended the first chukker with Coca-Cola trailing 2-0.

Pieres extended
the Lechuza Caracas lead to three goals, 3-0, with his second goal fo the day
when Coca-Cola came charging back. 
Sebastian scored a goal from the field, 3-1, and a Penalty 1 in the Lechuza
Caracas goal mouth cut the lead to a single goal, 3-2.  Merlos scored again with 1:20 left in the
period to knot it up at 3-3.  A
beautifully executed backhander by Julio Arellano gave Coca-Cola its first lead
of the game,4-3, to end the second period.

Caracas 7-goaler Francisco Elizalde scored the tying goal on a nearside shot,
4-4 in the opening seconds of the third. 
Goals from Merlos and Coca-Cola team captain Gillian Johnston had Lechuza
Caracas behind by two, 6-4.  Pieres
scored twice in the final four minutes  (his final goal coming in the final 31 seconds
of play on a 150-yard run) of the chukker, but single goals from Arellano and
Sugar Erskine kept Coca-Cola in the lead at the end of the first half, 8-6.

Arellano scored
a goal from the field at the midway mark of the chukker, 9-6, but Lechuza
Caracas charged right back into the game. 
Nero scored his first goal of the chukker with 2:29 left to play, and
his second in the final 16 seconds of the period.  With two periods left in regulation time,
Coca-Cola clung to a narrow 9-8 lead.

converted a penalty shot in the opening minute of the fifth chukker, 10-8, but Lechuza
Caracas quickly retaliated.  Pieres stole
a knock in and scored a quick goal for Lechuza Caracas at the 4:20 mark.10-9.  Coca-Cola closed out the chukker with goals
from Arellano (penalty conversion) and Johnston for a 12-9, three goal cushion.

Lechuza Caracas
got on the scoreboard in the first 11 seconds of the sixth chukker on a penalty
conversion from Nero, 12-10.  Polito Pieres
followed it up with a circus-like act as he carried the ball on his stick for
about thirty yards at a gallop before driving it through the Coca-Cola goal
posts for another goal, 12-11.  Pieres
scored the tying goal, 12-12, with 1:50 left in regulation time, and won it on
a final goal from Nero. At 1:05,for the win.

Pieres led all scoring with six goals.  Nero added five goals and Elizalde scored
twice in the win.  Arellano was credited
with four goals in the loss.  Merlos and
Johnston each scored three times and Erskine added two goals.