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Breakers impress against top-notch competition

Breakers Roundup

Latest standout victory by girls' water polo team comes against perennial-power Dos Pueblos, which Laguna hadn't defeated in four years.

January 05, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Reece Barton, left, dribbles around Ian Greene (Class of 2010) in the Laguna Beach boys' soccer alumni match on Dec. 29.
Reece Barton, left, dribbles around Ian Greene (Class… (Horst Noppenberger )

Rolling to another impressive performance, the Laguna Beach girls' water polo team picked up its ninth victory of the season Wednesday by taking down visiting Los Osos, 20-3, in nonleague action.

The Breakers (9-1) started strong and didn't let up. They went from a 6-1 lead after one quarter to 12-3 at the half and then shut out the Grizzlies in the second half.

Makenzie Fischer led the scoring with six goals and also had an assist and three steals. Yoshi Andersen scored five goals and had four assists, Melena Masson scored four times and had four steals, Lexie Del Toro scored twice with two assists and two steals, Sydney Saxe scored twice, had one assist and five steals, Mackenzie Baldridge had a goal and two assists and Alia Manetta had a goal and one steal.

Jenna Knott had six saves.

"I think this may have been our best performance so far this year," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. " Los Osos has a lot of good players and for us to win the way we did, and control both ends of the pool the way we did, was very impressive. Coming off three really tough games at the Holiday Cup, our girls look to be in good shape and playing very well right now. I was very pleased with all phases of the game"

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Last Saturday, Laguna completed play at the Newport Harbor Holiday Cup tournament. The Breakers went 3-1 and finished in fifth place. They defeated Poway, Edison and Dos Pueblos. Their loss was to Santa Barbara.

In their pool-play opener Dec. 30, the Breakers routed Poway, 22-2, getting seven goals from Andersen. In another pool game that day, Andersen, Baldridge and Saxe all scored and Knott had 13 saves in a 4-3 loss to Santa Barbara.

The setback was the first of the season for Laguna, which held a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Breakers were without Masson, who couldn't play because of a reaction to a bee sting she suffered during practice Dec. 29.

Masson was back in the lineup Saturday and the Breakers won their final two games. First, they defeated Edison for a second time this season, 13-7. Andersen netted a game-best six goals for Laguna, which had scored a 15-7 win over the Chargers on Dec. 20.

The Breakers capped the tournament with an 11-7 win over four-time defending CIF champion Dos Pueblos. The Breakers outscored the Chargers, 7-2, in the second half, to get the big win. Andersen led the way with four goals and Makenzie Fischer scored three times. Knott had 10 saves.

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