Hawks Win 2011 Wanderers Classic in 13-8 Final
By Alex Webbe
Jason Crowder scored seven of his teams 13 goals Saturday afternoon as he led the Hawks to a 13-8 win over Lechuza L in the finals of the 14-goal Wanderers Classic at the International Polo Club.
Crowder scored three of the gameâ€™s first four goals as he put three goals on the scoreboard in the first chukker of play. Matt Coppola scored the only goal of the opening chukker for Lechuza I on a shot from the field. The Hawks took and early 2-1 lead.
Two goals from the field from Julian Mannix had the Hawks up 5-2 with Lechuza I getting a penalty goal from Gaston Lisioli.
Mannix scored in the third to put the Hawks up 6-2 before Lechuza I rallied. Two goals from the field from Toto Collardin cut the lead to a pair of goals, 6-4, with Lechuza struggling to make up ground.
The Hawks got single goals from Mannix, Crowder and Juan Curbelo in the fourth while holding Lechuza to a pair of goals from Collardin (one from the field and one on a penalty shot). The Hawks stretched its lead to three goals, 9-6.
Crowder was unstoppable in the fifth, scoring twice from the field and converting a penalty shot for another goal. Lisioliâ€™s single goal accounted for all of the Lechuza offense in the chukker, and the period ended with the Hawks sitting on top a commanding 12-7 lead.
Curbelo scored first in the sixth and Lechuza struggled to answer it with a goal from the field from Collardin, but that was all they could muster. The Hawks flew off with the game and the 2011 Wanderers Classic Championship, 13-8.
Despite the loss, Collardin was named MVP while Crowderâ€™s nine-year-old Grey mare, Winsome, was honored as Best Playing Pony.
â€œIt was a great win,â€ said Crowder. â€œThe whole team was on top of it today,â€ he added. â€œJulian had the best game of the season this afternoon, and Diego (Arellano) was awesome. Heâ€™ll fall on the sword for you if you ask him. And Juan pulls it all together for us.â€