Pony Express Dominates Airstream 11-6 to Capture 22-Goal
Ylvisaker Cup Title at International Polo Club Palm Beach
Feb. 20th, '05: Ylvisaker Cup Finals. Click here to view photos by David Lominska.

WELLINGTON, FL – Pony Express rode roughshod over Airstream, scoring six consecutive goals to start the game, four by 8-goaler Pablo MacDonough, en route to an 11-6 victory in the final of the 22-goal Ylvisaker Cup polo tournament Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

It was MacDonough’s first major high-goal title in the United States, a day before his 23rd birthday.

“It wasn’t easy,” said MacDonough, who finished with a game-high six goals and a tournament leading 40 goals. “The scoreboard was lying a little. It wasn’t that big a difference on the field.”

Airstream finally got on the scoreboard when 8-goaler Lucas Monteverde converted a 60-yard penalty shot with 3:09 left in the third chukker. Monteverde had missed his three previous penalty shots – two from 60 yards and one from 30 yards.

Airstream came out stronger in the fourth chukker and cut the margin to 8-4, although it might have been closer had Monteverde been able to convert a 30-yard penalty shot.

Pony Express controlled the action the rest of the game, not letting Airstream get closer than four goals.

“We were very good with the ball,” said MacDonough. “The key for us was not to make many fouls. Our focus was waiting for their mistakes.”

Alex Agote and Magoo Laprida scored two goals each for Pony Express while patron Anja Eckbo Daniels did not score.

“I have had a lot of fun in this tournament,” said Daniels, whose husband, Bob, will replace her during the upcoming 26-goal season. “This team has been very supportive, they know the kind of plays I can make and take that into consideration. They’ve allowed me to play my game. But I wish I would have scored a goal!”

Monteverde led Airstream with three goals while Guille Aguero scored two goals and Naco Taverna had one goal. Patron Peter Orthwein did not score.

The Ylvisaker Cup in named in honor of William T. “Bill” Ylvisaker, a polo pioneer who founded Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in the late 1970s and was elected into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1996. Ylvisaker has won numerous major polo tournaments, including the prestigious U.S. Open in 1972.

Ylvisaker and actor Doug Sheehan (Knots Landing, General Hospital) presented awards to the teams and Houston Rockets President and CEO George Postoles presented the MVP award to MacDonough.

High-goal polo continues Wednesday with a tripleheader to start the 26-goal Hall of Fame Cup. White Birch plays ERG at 10:30 a.m. followed by Isla Carroll against Catamount at noon and concluding with Millarville playing Bendabout at 3 p.m

International Polo Club
Palm Beach

Tournament Schedule
News & Results
Team Line-ups

Click for West Palm Beach, Florida Forecast

Contact Info:

For ticket information, call (561) 204-5687

Club website at www.internationalpoloclub.com.

For information about the upcoming 2005 high-goal season, including the Stanford Financial Group U.S. Open, call the club at (561) 204-5687

International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, between Pierson Road and Lake Worth Road, in Wellington.