La Indiana and Mt. Brilliant Advance to Semifinals
By Darlene Ricker
As the Joe Barry tournament continued at the International Polo Club Palm Beach on Sunday, La Indiana and Mt. Brilliant won their respective matches. La Indiana defeated Goose Creek 12-10, and Mt. Brilliant took a 12-9 victory over Postage Stamp.
In what seems to be a trend for the team, Mt. Brilliant came out firing in their quarterfinal matchup against Postage Stamp Farm. Mt. Brilliant scored four goals in the opening chukker to take an early 4-0 lead, scoring three from the field and adding one from the penalty line while preventing Postage Stamp Farm from even shooting once from the field or penalty line. Postage Stamp Farm fought back in the second chukker, scoring one goal from the field and adding two penalty goals from Kris Kampsen.
A little bit of foul trouble in the fourth chukker allowed Kampsen to make two more penalty shots, but the Mt. Brilliant team was all over their opponents in open play, allowing the Postage Stamp Farm team to generate only 6 shots on goal through five chukkers Mt Brilliant shot at goal 18 times through five chukkers, converting 9 of them. Down 6 goals heading into the final chukker, Postage Stamp Farm tried to make a late push, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap and the Mt. Brilliant team booked their place in the semifinals.
Mt. Brilliant was very effective all day by having all of their players on top of their games, making it very difficult for their opponents to contain every scoring option. Tournament goal leader Jason Crowder had four goals on the day, while Julian Daniels added three goals and Santiago Chavanne added six. The combination of those three players, with Bo Goodman pushing the team forward, has been very effective throughout the tournament and led to Mt. Brilliant producing a tournament-high 50 goals through 4 games.