TOC should provide big test

Laguna should have tough matchups at tournament in Santa Barbara.

January 15, 2010|By Matt Szabo

The Laguna Beach High girls’ water polo team wasn’t tested in its Orange Coast League opener Wednesday, breezing to a 25-6 win at Estancia.

Today will be a different story.

The Breakers, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II poll, begin play this morning at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. Among the 16 teams at the tournament, Laguna is seeded No. 5 and second in Pool D behind Corona del Mar. The Sea Kings beat the Breakers, 4-2, in the third-place game of the Holiday Cup last month and a rematch could happen in the TOC quarterfinals at 6:50 p.m. today at Dos Pueblos High of Goleta.

The Breakers (9-3) open the tournament at 4:05 p.m. today against Vista, at Dos Pueblos. Dos Pueblos, a tournament co-host and the defending CIF Southern Section Division I champion, is the top-seeded team in the tournament.


Last year, the Breakers finished fifth in Santa Barbara.

The Tournament of Champions is the second of three big tournaments for Laguna. The third is the SoCal Tournament, beginning Feb. 4 at Irvine High.

In Wednesday’s easy victory against Estancia, 15 Breakers scored goals. Junior Etianne Manetta — normally the goalie — scored three goals, as did junior Lida DeGroote and freshman Sydney Saxe. Mackenzie Baldridge, Marley Donnenfeld, Jessie Holechek and Kaitlin Waidley were among the players who scored twice each, and freshman Kate Magnusson also had a solid game with a goal and six steals.

After the Tournament of Champions this weekend, Laguna is off until it plays host to Foothill in a key nonleague game at noon Jan. 23.



The Breakers fell to 0-1-1 in Orange Coast League play after dropping a home decision to Calvary Chapel, 2-0, on Tuesday. Senior Victoria Ellis had nine saves for Laguna but the Breakers were unable to produce many scoring chances.

“They were a pretty club-loaded team,” Coach Bill Rolfing said. “We were sort of on our heals.”

Previously, the Breakers had tied Costa Mesa, 1-1, in their league opener Jan. 7. They were behind late in the match but scored the equalizer off a free kick. Junior midfielder Jenny Maddocks blasted a shot just below the bar, but the Costa Mesa goalie deflected it away for a corner kick.

Maddocks took the corner kick and found a leaping sophomore Marina Paul, who headed the ball home at the far post.

Laguna had a bye Thursday and plays at Estancia in its next Orange Coast League match at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Rolfing said.



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