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More tests await Breakers

Breakers Roundup

Boys' water polo team head to Santa Barbara, where they'll compete against some of the top teams from California.

September 13, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna's Cammie Dorn, left, and Sami Harting, block a shot at the net during Tuesday's match against Newport Harbor.
Laguna's Cammie Dorn, left, and Sami Harting, block… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High boys' water polo team passed its first test of the 2012 season.

The Breakers began their new campaign — one that has them as a member of CIF Southern Section Division 2 this year — Sept. 7 on the road at Villa Park. The opener was a meeting between two teams ranked in the Division 2 preseason poll, and it was the No. 4 Breakers who emerged with a 14-9 victory over the No. 8 Spartans.

Laguna led, 8-5 at the half, and used a 4-0 second-half run to grab control.

Jack Dodson led the Breakers in scoring with four goals. Riley Thomas scored three times and both Caleb Scott and Aki Andersen scored twice. Camron Hauer had five assists and four steals, Dodson, Thomas and Scott each had three assists, and Maxx McCarter had 17 saves.

"I thought it was a typical first game in the sense that there were a lot of mistakes made by both sides," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "That said, I thought we did do a lot of good things. I thought our defense looked really good at times, and I thought our counter-attack looked good all game. It was a good start."

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The Breakers departed Thursday for the Santa Barbara area where they were to play five games over three days. They started with a Thursday match against the top-ranked team in Division 2, Agoura, and begin play Friday at the Santa Barbara Tournament. Both Laguna and Agoura are part of the 16-team field.

Laguna is in the B Bracket of the tournament and is No. 3 in a four-team pool that includes Loyola, Miramonte (Northern California), and Dos Pueblos. Loyola is ranked third in Division 1, Miramonte is one of the top-rated teams in Northern California and Dos Pueblos is ranked sixth in Division 2.

The Breakers open against Miramonte at 1 p.m. Friday. They'll also play a second match Friday against either Loyola or Dos Pueblos.

Mater Dei, the No. 1-ranked team in Division 1, is the overall No. 1-seed for the tournament.

"It's a great tournament," Damato said. "There are 16 very good teams in it, from Orange County, to San Diego, and L.A. to Northern California. We will play four really good games at the tournament, no matter what. At the same time, it's fun to be able to play against teams of this caliber. We'll be tested all weekend."

Following the trip north, the Breakers head back into tournament play when they compete at the South Coast-Newport Harbor Varsity Tournament, starting Thursday. The tournament runs through Sept. 22.

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