Coming from behind made for a thrilling victory Wednesday for the Modesto Junior College men's water polo team.
The host Pirates defeated Big 8 Conference opponent Diablo Valley 13-12. Daniel Hunt and Andrew Pederson each scored three goals to lead the Pirates (2-4 Big 8).
Diablo Valley jumped out to a 4-0 lead and led 7-2 by the middle of the first quarter. Modesto crept back to within 8-5 by the end of the first. Over the next three quarters, the Pirates outscored the Vikings 8-4 for the narrow victory.
Nick Hafer and Miguel Castillo each had six saves in goal.
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"The players never stopped or gave up," coach Eric Fischer said. "Everyone played their roles perfectly. I am very proud."
Women's Water Polo
MJC 15, DIABLO VALLEY 7, at Modesto -- Lauren Young scored five goals and goalie Lorna Lynott had 18 saves and made four steals to lead the Pirates (16-6, 5-2 Big 8).
Annie Zwahlen added two goals for MJC. About 150 fans were on hand to watch.
MJC 3, AMERICAN RIVER 0, at Modesto -- The Pirates shut out the Beavers for the second time this season, 30-20, 30-26, 30-13.
Tanya Jennings led Modesto (13-6, 4-3 Big 8) with 10 kills and Corrisa Jacomini had 11 digs.