Lechuza beats Hethcote 15–11 in Monty Waterbury Cup competition

leads Lechuza to second straight win, 15-11

Alex Webbe

Tomas Goti continued to play at a blistering pace as he
scored eight goals in Lechuza’s (Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Juan Martin
Nero and Tomas Goti) 15-11 win over Heathcote (Steve Lefkowitz, Naco Taverna,
Tommy Biddle and Nick Manifold) Sunday in continuing play in the 2013 Monty
Waterbury Cup at the Bridgehampton Polo Club.

Heathcote received three goals on handicap from the
20-goal Lechuza lineup, but Tomas Goti, fittingly enough, scored the first goal
from the field.  Nick Manifold ran the
score to 4-1 with a goal for Heathcote, but Goti converted a penalty shot to end
the chukker with Heathcote in the lead, 4-2.

Everything seemed to be going right for Goti in the
second as he reeled off three consecutive goals to give Lechuza their first
lead of the game, 5-4.  Tommy Biddle
converted a 30-yard penalty shot to end the period in a 5-5 deadlock.

Goti opened the third chukker with a goal from the field
followed by a 40-yard penalty conversion from Biddle.  The score remained tied at 6-6.  Mariano Gracida closed out the scoring in the
first half with a go-ahead goal for Lechuza. 
At the end of the third chukker Lechuza held a narrow 7-6 advantage.

Heathcote team captain Steve Lefkowitz tied it at 7-7
with the opening goal of the fourth.  A
60-yard penalty shot by Goti gave the lead back to Lechuza, 8-7.  Juan Martin Nero scored his first goal of the
game to extend the Lechuza lead to two goals, 9-7.  Biddle converted another penalty goal for
Heathcote to end the chukker.  Lechuza
held on to their one goal, 9-8 lead.

For the second time in the game, Lefkowitz scored the
opening goal of the chukker, and for the second time in the game, his goal tied
it up, 9-9.  Lechuza countered with a
penalty goal from Nero and a goal from the field from Goti to edge Heathcote,
11-9.  Naco Taverna slipped past the
Lechuza defense for a gal for Heathcote, 11-10. 
Lechuza team captain Victor Vargas scored the final goal of the chukker
as Lechuza rode off the field on top of a 12-10 score.

Nero opened the sixth chukker with his third goal of the
day, 13-10, followed by consecutive goals from Vargas, 15-10.  Lefkowitz scored the final goal of the game
as Lechuza rode off with the 15-11 victory. 

Goti was credited with eight goals on the day two on
penalty shots.  Nero and Vargas scored
three goals apiece and Gracida added a goal for the win.  Biddle *(three penalty shots) and Lefkowitz
were tied with three goals apiece for Heathcote.  Manifold and Taverna each scored a goal, and
the team received three goals by handicap.

The loss was Heathcote’s third in a row while Lechuza
improved their record to 2-1.