Jul 26, 2016 6:22 PM

Silver Cup Winner Farmers and Merchants Bank

SANTA BARBARA, California. (July 25, 2016) Racing the length of the field, dodging players left and right, Lucas Criado scores three consecutive goals for Farmers & Merchants Bank to open up the 2016 Maserati Silver Cup. Spectators from all over Southern California and beyond were treated to a fun-filled day of polo.

Farmers & Merchants Bank Lucchese
Dan Walker 2 John Muse A
Joaquin Panelo 4 Steve Krueger 3
Lucas Criado 8 Nacho Badiola 6
Herndon Radcliff 2 Jeff Hall 7

USPA Silver Cup Panelo and Badiola

Earlier in the day, as Dan Walker gave his weekly tour of the Club to clients, he paused in front of the trophy table set up for the final. “The Silver Cup has heart,” he told his guests, “it is the longest running tournament played for in the United States and it is an honor to be on this trophy.” His name will now appear on the trophy for a third time after his MVP performance in the final.

Panelo and Criado stole the show in the first three chukkers. Scoring a combined six goals in the first half, Farmers & Merchants Bank were rocking and rolling. Most importantly, the defensive efforts of Radcliff and Walker held the Lucchese team to only two goals over the first three chukkers giving FMB a dominating lead. As described by Dan Walker, Criado was an “offensive general who was able to find himself alone because of his quick horses and great stick work.”

Deep neckshots, perfectly placed backshots and tight man to man play marked the second half of the match.

Lucchese looked to close the gap in the score, but Farmers & Merchants Bank continued their scoring streak, adding two goals in the fourth chukker.

Silver Cup BPP

On the opposition, Krueger pushed hard on both offense and defense scoring the only four goals attributed to the Lucchese team through the fifth chukker. Jake Klentner stepped in for an injured John Muse in the fifth chukker changing the rhythm of the match.

Klentner’s tight defense against Dan Walker forced FMB to alter their game in the last fifteen minutes of play. Lucchese seized the opportunity to gain some momentum, scoring four goals in the last two chukkers, but was unable to overcome the early lead established by FMB.

Dan Walker was awarded Most Valuable player, and his horse Dulce was named Best Playing Pony: Amateur. Lucas Criado’s mare Paba was awarded Best Playing Pony: Professional.

Farmers & Merchants Bank have won three of their five attempts in the Silver Cup. The team celebrated their win with appreciation for the horses, grooms and fellow players.

The 2016 USPA Nespresso America Cup begins Friday, July 29 with six teams.

FMB vs. Lucchese Final Stats