Laguna Beach boys' water polo Coach Ethan Damato wasn't quite sure how it happened, but it did.
And he'll take it.
Trailing throughout Tuesday's nonleague match against visiting La Cañada, Laguna somehow managed to tie score seconds before the end of regulation, then went through two three-minute overtime periods to pull out a 14-11 victory over the stunned Spartans.
The anticipated match-up pitted two of the top teams in CIF Southern Section Division 1: defending-champion Laguna has been ranked No. 1 all season long; La Cañada is ranked fifth.
"It was a wild ending, for sure," Damato said after his team improved to 12-4. "We never led until overtime. I don't know how we did it, and the guys were stunned, too. It was an amazing team effort."
The Breakers trailed, 5-1, in the second quarter, were down, 8-4, in the third quarter and started the fourth behind, 8-5. Damato said he thought the Breakers got off their final shot — a miss, with just under 30 seconds left in regulation. La Cañada held possession and a 9-8 lead with no shot clock. The Breakers brought goalie Erik Henrikson out of the cage and pressed in the field, leaving an open net for La Cañada.