By Ashley Cohen ‘22
Julio Alcantara has been coaching the boys’ varsity water polo program since he arrived at Lawrenceville. Big Red Sports Reporter Ashley Cohen ‘22 caught up with Alcantara to discuss how the fall 2021 season is going.
Ashley Cohen: As the fall season comes to an end, what has gone well for the team this year?
Julio Alcantara: The team has grown up as a unit. We have become an unselfish team in offense and generous in our defensive efforts. The team has developed a great deal of chemistry and when healthy we can compete against anyone. Our [10-4 win] against the Hill School on Saturday was sensational, not just because it was our biggest rival, but because that team had a sensational goalie. Our players dominated the game from the beginning to the end and never gave them an option.
AC: What do you hope to work on during the remainder of the season?
JA: Getting everybody healthy and ready for the Garden State Cup from October 29 to October 30, that we run in our pool every year, and Easterns Prep [from November 6 to November 7 at Wissahickon High School]. Under the leadership of [Program Director Misha] Klochkov, I believe the team will be ready for the challenges that await us.
AC: What is your favorite part about coaching the team?
JA: This is a team full of wonderful people. I recently got an email from the Blair coach congratulating us on the level of sportsmanship that our boys displayed during the game. The human quality of this team is among the best I have ever seen.
AC: Given COVID-related accommodations, how did the team incorporate new players this year?
JA: It was not easy, and one could say that after having lost all the playing time last season due to COVID, this was the first time our Second and Third Formers played together. I believe that the team has done a sensational job bringing everyone in and making them feel welcome, and I should give credit to our excellent captains [Fifth Formers] Andrew Lenkowsky and Rafa Giangrande.
Photo (far left in black): Coach Julio Alcantara
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