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.
"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.