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Men’s water polo seeks another title

first_imgThe men’s water polo team will travel to the Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif. this Saturday as the No. 1 team in the country to play in the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA tournament.With their MPSF championship game victory over crosstown rival UCLA last week, the Trojans (23-1) earned the top seed in the NCAA tournament and will battle the winner of the quarterfinal contest between the No. 10 Harvard Crimson (26-6) and No. 8 UC Davis Aggies (23-5).Anvay Ullal | Daily TrojanRegular participants · Junior driver Blake Edwards and the Trojans will aim for a 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA championship match.The Men of Troy, with just one loss this entire season, are favored going into an opposing field loaded with UCLA, Cal or Pomona-Pitzer waiting for the Trojans in the championship game.“We definitely think we’re going to win it all. Every single game we go into, we have a firm belief that we can win,” junior driver Blake Edwards said. “This year, we’re really excited and we’ve shown a lot of maturity as a team this season. There’s a much higher expectation that we’re going to go all the way.”Before Troy can win its 10th title in the past 20 years, it will have to overcome the powerful arms of either UC Davis or Harvard.Despite playing only hours away from each other, USC and UC Davis have not played a single game this season against each other and will be meeting for the first time since September 2014 when the Trojans scorched the Aggies 19-3.Speaking of long absences, USC hasn’t seen Harvard since Oct. 5, 2002, when the Trojans bested the Crimson 14-6 in the semifinals in the Nor-Cal Tournament.On the other hand, both Harvard and UC Davis have squabbled this season, splitting the season series with a win apiece.The fact that USC has not faced neither Harvard nor UC Davis at all this season, however, presents a disadvantage for both teams in that their scouting and preparation will be based solely on statistics and footage instead of in-pool play.“Obviously, we have to be cautious of both of those teams. They’re both are going to be really excited to play in a tournament game. But, our coaches are world class and have really prepared us well for them,” Edwards said. “It doesn’t really make us nervous that we haven’t played them before. We’ll be prepared for them like anyone else.”Fresh off its first conference title since 1997, UC Davis brings to the table a talented offense led by sophomore Ido Goldschmidt, who has scored 45 goals and racked up 41 assists on the year, earning him Wester Water Polo Player of the Year honors.In goal for the Aggies is tested junior Spencer Creed, who has 221 stops this season to go along with 12 wins against ranked opponents.A key for the Men of Troy will be to limit UC Davis on the powerplay as the Aggies have converted at a 54.1 percent clip, while allowing goals on just four of their past 25 man disadvantages.If the Crimson, fresh off a thrilling 13-12 sudden-death overtime victory over Bucknell, defeat the Aggies in the play-in game, they could certainly bring a momentum that could be hard for the Trojans to stop.In Harvard’s fifth straight win last Saturday, senior Dan Stevens netted a hat trick and contributed two assists to bring his season tally to 32 goals and 21 assists.However, a proper analysis of Harvard’s offense wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the nation’s best talents in senior Noah Harrison, who has racked up 81 goals, 35 assists and 56 steals.Harrison will help alleviate any defensive burden that sophomore goaltender Anthony Ridgley will face from the Trojans this weekend.Against either team, the Trojans will have their hands full.But, thanks to the help of MPSF Coach of the Year Jovan Vavic, USC has the opportunity to compete in its 12th-straight NCAA Championship game and potentially win its seventh title in 10 consecutive seasons.Edwards and freshman Marin Dasic agree that the team owes its success to the longtime head coach.“[Vavic] has done it all. The way he prepares for every practice and every game is amazing,” Dasic said. “All of the hard work he puts in and how dedicated he is to this program is something that we should be proud of because we have a coach that is the best coach of the century. He hasn’t been this successful by accident.”last_img read more


RCMP officer in sex assault interrogation video sued for punitive damages

first_imgConst. Kent Hall, right, has been named in a lawsuit by a woman he interrogated after she filed a sexual assault complaint. Photo: B.C. government.Holly MooreAPTN National NewsThe woman at the centre of a disturbing video, recorded while she was reporting a sexual assault in Kelowna in 2012, is suing the RCMP officer who interrogated her.The case stems from then-Const. Kent Hall’s interrogation of the woman who was just 17 at the time. In the interview video obtained by APTN News, the officer asks the woman if she was “turned on” during the alleged assault.A statement of claim filed in Kelowna court Friday names Hall, a Kelowna RCMP officer with a previous criminal conviction, according to documents obtained exclusively by APTN.“Hall interrogates the Plaintiff in the most malicious, degrading and threatening manner,”  the claim reads in part. “Hall subjected the Plaintiff to a brutal, degrading and dehumanizing interrogation for over two hours.”Hall’s criminal conviction stems from a shooting incident in 2009. He was convicted of careless use/storage of a firearm after shooting a suspect who had pepper-sprayed him.Attempts to reach Hall at his detachment for comment on the lawsuit have not been successful.APTN previously identified the woman as “J” as she was in the care of social services.B.C. RCMP told APTN in an email they knew the lawsuit was coming but added they have not received confirmation that it was filed or been formally served.“Generally, once served the RCMP would discuss the matter with our legal counsel (the Department of Justice) and they would provide an official response through the legal process within defined timelines,” the RCMP spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The spokesperson said Commanding Officer Jennifer Strachan’s response to inquiries for previous APTN stories is still relevaheThe June 15 email from the RCMP also confirmed that Hall is the officer involved in the 2009 criminal conviction, adding “the matter was investigated and addressed through the court system.”“I note that should you wish to reference the 2009 matter that was public and covered by the media, there are also other public references about the same police officer in which he was acknowledged twice for his life-saving efforts,” the email adds.Recently, Hall was awarded the St. John Life-saving Award after applying a tourniquet to a German tourist’s leg after the tourist was hit by a motorcycle in 2017.He also received the Lieutenant Governor’s award for holding a suicidal woman as she leapt from a Kelowna bridge.Incident breached Charter rightsThe lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel..“Hall intentionally and repeatedly used questions that amount to stereotyping of a sexual assault victim, which caused the Plaintiff to doubt her complaint,” the claim says.According to RCMP general occurrence reports obtained by APTN, the woman was brought into the detachment on suspicion of public mischief for lying about the assault, though she was not advised of that.“I thought I was coming in to report the assault,” she said in a recent interview with APTN. “He didn’t tell me my rights.”She was not charged.The lawsuit alleges that Hall and the RCMP breached the woman’s charter rights by not telling her why she was detained and failing to advise her of the right to seek counsel.It is further alleged in the court filing that Hall knew or should have known his behaviour would harm, offend, belittle, demean, threaten and humiliate her.“J” now suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, reduced earning capability, suicidal thoughts and emotional anguish, according to the new statement of claim.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Read more here: B.C. social worker accused of punishing Indigenous youth for sexual assault while in foster careThe video surfaced as part of a civil action brought against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD).Dozens of Indigenous children formerly in care, including “J,” are suing the government and individual social workers for allegedly siphoning off their funds. The ministry has admitted “vicarious liability” for the scheme.“J” is also suing MCFD and two social workers in another civil suit.The woman now seeks general, aggravated and punitive damages from the attorney general of Canada, B.C.’s minister of justice and Hall personally.“The actions of Hall, the RCMP, were reckless, arrogant, high-handed and abusive and showed a callous disregard for the Plaintiff’s rights,” the claim says. “Hall and the RCMP have engaged in conduct that is reprehensible and deserves punishment. The Plaintiff therefore, seeks punitive and exemplary damages against the Defendants.”[email protected]@HollyMooreaptnlast_img read more