MAST Academy and Columbus each earned a GMAC water polo championship Wednesday evening at Miami Dade College North Campus’ Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Cara Mullery led the undefeated Makos girls’ team (12-0) with 12 goals in a 17-6 victory over TERRA Environmental in the final.
Caterina Vale led TERRA (6-4) scoring five of the team’s six goals.
“When it comes to a championship game, it’s something you really want and we went for it,” said Mullery, who had eight of her goals in the first half.
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The victory marked the first girls’ water polo GMAC championship for MAST Academy.
After the win, the team celebrated by throwing coach Alfredo Cancelo into the pool fully clothed.
MAST advanced to the final with a 10-7 victory over Coral Gables. TERRA won its semifinal 5-4 over Mourning High.
In the boys’ final, Columbus (17-7) took an early lead over Dr. Krop (18-6), but fell behind and trailed 5-3 at halftime.
The Explorers were behind 6-5 going into the fourth quarter, but after leveling the score at six, a late goal by Pedro Rodriguez clinched a 7-6 win and a third straight GMAC championship for Columbus.
“It got a little tricky with the coverage on the main guy number 10 [Mohammad Alsabbaghe], but the team kept it tight and pulled through,” said Explorers goalkeeper Eddie De Las Cuevas.
Alsabbaghe led Krop with three goals. Ryan Dawson led Columbus with three goals. De Las Cuevas had a game-high 15 blocks.
Columbus defeated Miami Beach 9-3 and Krop defeated TERRA 17-7 in the semifinals.
Dade North will host the District 13 water polo tournament next week.