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In not-so-breaking news, Laguna wins another league title

High School Roundup

For the seventh straight season, Breakers boys' water polo program completes an undefeated run through Orange Coast League play.

October 25, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach High goalie Maxx McCarter makes a save against Costa Mesa.
Laguna Beach High goalie Maxx McCarter makes a save against… (KEVIN CHANG, Coastline…)

The 2012 Orange Coast League championship in boys' water polo was decided in a showdown Wednesday in Costa Mesa. After four quarters, the reigning champ continued its hold on the title.

Laguna Beach turned in another undefeated run through OCL play after defeating host Costa Mesa, 22-5. Both teams entered the league finale with 4-0 records.

A tight first quarter saw Laguna — 14-7 and ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division 2 — take a 4-2 lead. From there, it was all Breakers. They went on a 7-0 scoring spree in the second quarter to build the lead to 11-2 at halftime and extended their advantage to 16-6 after three quarters.

Camron Hauer led the scoring with four goals, to go with two assists. Jakob Colladay scored three goals and Riley Thomas, Caleb Scott, Nolan Del Toro, Aki Andersen and Connor Hauer all scored twice. Maxx McCarter and Garret Hartley combined for nine saves and Cade Baldridge had a team-high five steals.

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"Costa Mesa played hard and really well from the start, and I was happy with the way our guys responded and took control of the game," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said.

The Laguna boys' water polo program hasn't lost in OCL play since the league's inception seven years ago, going 35-0.

"We are excited with how we are doing this year," Damato said. "The Costa Mesa game is a great way to end league play. Being a league champion hopefully gives us a good seeding going into the playoffs. I'm pleased with the progression our teams continues to make."

The win allowed Laguna to bounce back from a 6-4 nonleague loss to Damien on Oct. 19 at Pomona Pitzer College.

Laguna had defeated Damien in CIF championship games the past two years.

"We didn't play very well, and Damien did," Damato said. "I thought our defense played well, though, but our offense wasn't sharp and we weren't putting our shots away. The game was a good lesson for us."

The Breakers play Friday and Saturday at the Steve Pal Memorial Tournament. They are the tourney's No. 1-seed and open play in the 32-team event at 4:10 p.m. against Rio Mesa of Oxnard at Beckman High. The Spartans are ranked ninth in Division 6. Laguna will play three tourney games Saturday at Santa Margarita High.

Laguna ends regular-season play next week with a Tuesday game at El Toro, and a home game Wednesday against Aliso Niguel. Both games start at 4 p.m.

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