Charlottesville Wins 2004 Wendland Memorial
The teams in the 2004 Jan E. Wendland Memorial:
The home team came out on top in the 2004 Jan E. Wendland
Memorial tournament, played September 25 at the University of Virginia Polo
Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. They combined a brilliant training regimen
of not practicing at all between July 3 and the day of the tournament with
a clever strategy of having half their team show up late, so the Unionville
and Aiken teams would wear each other out in the first match. The Aiken team
also prepared for the event in a unique fashion, driving until 2:30 in the
morning the night before the event and compounding their lack of sleep with
a lack of nourishment by skipping lunch.
Gold Medalists Charlottesville in red: Tim Gray, Scott Gray, L.J. Lopez,
and Lou Lopez;
Silver Medalists Unionville in white: Liz Beer, Eric Zandotti,
Crosby Wood, and K.C. Kulp;
Bronze Medalists Aiken in green: Seth Kopald, Taylor Freeman, Eric Schmidt,
and Bill Matheson.
Unionville grabbed the early lead in their match
against Aiken and never looked back. They led 4-1 at the end of the first
chukker, 6-2 at the half, and 10-2 after three chukkers. The final score was
11-5, with KC Kulp leading Unionville with four goals, Eric Zandotti and
Crosby Wood each adding three, and Liz Beer contributing one.
Aiken, having taken a beating from Unionville, had to
then face Charlottesville, and fared no better. Charlottesville grabbed a
2-0 lead in the first chukker, and maintained their 2-goal advantage at the
half, 3-1. They scored two more goals in the third chukker to lead 5-1 before
Bill Matheson cramped up and Aiken forfeited the game. Unionville's Eric Zandotti
gave Matheson some grief about being a quitter, which would soon prove ironic.
Charlottesville got off to a fast start against Unionville
as well, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first chukker on goals by Scott Gray and
LJ Lopez. Crosby Wood scored a pair for Unionville in the second period, but
Lopez's second of the day gave C'Ville a 3-2 lead at the half. The teams traded
goals in the third chukker, with Gray and Lou Lopez each scoring once for
C'Ville and Wood adding two more for U'Ville, making the score 5-4. Wood scored
again in the fourth to tie the score, but Zandotti's thigh cramped up, leaving
him screaming in pain and forcing Unionville to forfeit, just as Aiken had.
The field in Charlottesville was in fantastic condition,
and the games were played at a brisk pace, which probably helps explain the
Past Winners of the Jan E. Wendland Memorial
1996: Palm Beach
2000: Aiken Prep
2001: Aiken Prep
Mathew R. Lopez
Louis J. Lopez, Jr.
William L. Matheson, Jr.
Louis J. Lopez III