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LA INDIANA START STRONG IN C.V. WHITNEY CUP® CONTENTION

Feb 13, 2022 5:50 PM

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La Indiana's Mariano Aguerre taps the ball downfield ahead of Cessna's Miguel Novillo Astrada in the 2022 C.V. Whitney Cup® at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.
La Indiana's Mariano Aguerre taps the ball downfield ahead of Cessna's Miguel Novillo Astrada in the 2022 C.V. Whitney Cup® at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.

Story courtesy of International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Assembling on Isla Carroll East at International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) in Wellington, Florida, La Indiana (Jeff Hall, Lucas "Luckitas" Criado Jr., Mariano Aguerre, Stewart Armstrong) finally made their debut in the C.V. Whitney Cup® against Cessna (Will Johnston, Raul "Gringo" Colombres, Miguel Novillo Astrada, Edward "Camp" Campbell). Playing an evenly matched, open style of polo, the high-scoring affair came down to the final chukker with Criado Jr. making the difference converting five open goal penalties to lift La Indiana over Cessna 14-11.

Raul "Gringo" Colombres scored two goals and contributed two assists for Cessna.
Raul "Gringo" Colombres scored two goals and contributed two assists for Cessna.

Playing together for the first time this season, La Indiana’s Criado Jr. wasted little time working with his new teammates to find the scoreboard. Cessna, who fell to SD Farms in their first match of the tournament, surrendered five penalty goals in their first loss and quickly found themselves back in foul trouble sending Criado Jr. to the line for two successful penalty conversions. Despite a strong response from Cessna’s Colombres and Novillo Astrada, La Indiana’s situational awareness from captain Aguerre to draw a Penalty 1, allowed La Indiana to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.

After a successful first half controlling ball possession, La Indiana’s Criado Jr. was back on the line to begin the fourth chukker with back-to-back conversions to increase the lead to three. The pace of play continued to slow with the teams exchanging penalty goals as Astrada began Cessna’s comeback attempt. Leading his team’s attack with four second half goals, including three from the penalty line, Astrada breathed life into Cessna’s offense along with the strong play of Campbell, as the game quickly became a close contest with Cessna trailing by just one entering the sixth chukker.

Criado Jr. and Astrada traded goals in the opening moments of the sixth chukker but with the game on the line, Criado Jr. stepped back onto the penalty line and sent the ball through the posts for a crucial goal that extended La Indiana’s lead to two. A final field goal capped off Criado Jr.’s outstanding nine-goal performance and secured the 14-11 victory for La Indiana in an impressive 2022 debut.

All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.

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