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Lechuza Caracas Edges Erg 12-11 In OT In Hall Of Fame Polo Saturday At International Polo Club Palm Beach

WELLINGTON, Florida – Ten-goaler Pite Merlos converted a 30-yard penalty shot 1:20 into overtime to lift Lechuza Caracas over ERG 12-11 in a 22-goal Hall of Fame Cup polo match Saturday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

In a Hall of Fame Cup polo match earlier Saturday, Crab Orchard led the entire game en route to a 9-7 victory over Brigadoon.

Lechuza scored the first three goals and did not trail the entire game. ERG, playing its first game of the season, tied the game at 10-10 on a goal by Pablo Spinacci. Tommy Biddle gave Lechuza an 11-10 lead but a 40-yard penalty shot by Lucas Monteverde forced overtime.

Merlos finished with a team-high seven goals, six on penalty shots. Biddle added three goals for Lechuza Caracas (1-0) while Gaston Urturi scored two goals. Patron Victor Vargas did not score.

Monteverde led ERG (0-1) with seven goals while Spinacci scored three goals and Roberto Gonzales added one goal. Patron Scott Wood did not score.

In the first game, Pablo McDonough led Crab Orchard (1-0) with four goals. Memo Gracida and Rosendo Usandizaga added two goals each and Julio Gracida scored one goal for the winners.

Ten-goaler Adam Snow led Brigadoon (0-1) with three goals while Tiger Kneece scored two goals and Brian Prichard added one goal. Patron Christine Cato did not score.

Las Monjitas, led by 10-goaler Javier Novillo Astrada, plays Everglades, led by 8-goaler Owen Rinehart, in Sunday’s feature match at 3 p.m. at the International Polo Club Palm Beach stadium.

The polo matches are open to the public. Tickets for the Sunday games at the International Polo Club Palm Beach are available at the gate, beginning at $10 each. For information, call (561) 204-5687 or visit the club website at

International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington. From I-95, take the Forest Hill Boulevard exit and go west approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto South Shore Boulevard and go two miles. Turn left onto Pierson Road, travel about one mile and then make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the right. From Florida’s Turnpike, take Exit 93 (Lake Worth Road) and go west about six miles. Make a right onto 120th Avenue South. The club is on the left.


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