Lechuza in Hampton Cup final with 9–8 win

Lechuza in Hampton Cup final with
9-8 win

By Alex Webbe

Lechuza (Victor Vargas, Mariano Gracida, Juan Martin Nero
and Tomas Goti) trailed throughout most of the game but rallied with three last
chukker goals to score a 9-8 win over Equuleus (Martin Pepa, Magoo Laprida,
Mariano Gonzalez and Joe DiMenna) to earn a berth in Tuesday’s finals of the
2013 Hampton Cup at the Bridgehampton Polo Club Saturday afternoon.

Mariano Gonzalez scored the first goal of the game on a
penalty shot followed by a goal from the field from teammate Magoo
Laprida.  Lechuza was held scoreless and
trailed 2-0 after the first chukker of play.

The two teams exchanged goals in the second period with
Martin Pepa scoring twice for Equuleus while Lechuza got single goals from team
captain Victor Vargas and Tomas Goti (a penalty conversion).  Equuleus continued to lead, 4-2.

Goti scored twice for Lechuza in the third (one on a penalty
conversion) while Equuleus was held to a single goal from the field from
Gonzalez.  Equuleus held the lead, but
the margin was cut to a single goal, 5-4, at the end of the first half.

Lechuza took the field in the fourth and produced shutout
defense.  The only goal of the chukker
came on a penalty conversion from Goti.   The game was all even at 5-5 after four
chukkers of play.

Vargas scored his second goal of the match in the fifth
chukker, but Equuleus came up with goals from Gonzalez (penalty goal) and
Laprida.  Equuleus took the lead back,
7-6, going into the final chukker of play.

Equuleus was held to a single goal from Laprida in the final
chukker while Goti scored three times for Lechuza.  Lechuza rode off the field at the end of the
sixth period with a 9-8 victory.

Goti led all scoring with seven goals (four on penalty shots).  Vargas added two goals for the win.  Equuleus got three goals each from Laprida
and Gonzalez and a pair of goals from Pepa in a losing effort.