The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team made a statement Wednesday: it has no intention of relinquishing the Orange Coast League championship.
The Breakers, the No. 1-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 3, traveled to Costa Mesa to open league play against Estancia and routed the Eagles, 23-7. A balanced Laguna attack saw Tyler Mancusso score six goals, Spencer Dodson score four times, Nicky Brunner, Jack Clark and Nolan McConnell each score three times, Samer Alkateb score twice and Camron Hauer and Caleb Scott both post a goal.
McConnell and Tommy Renner had three and two assists, respectively, Dodson had four steals, McConnell three steals and Renner and Alkateb two steals apiece.. Goalie Erik Henrickson had 10 saves.
"We played with great intensity and focus in the Estancia game and gave ourselves an early lead in the first quarter for the second game in a row," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "Our counter attack was sharp and we seemed to be executing a little bit better every day this week. I was proud of our guys and how hard they played."