Laguna Beach High girls' water polo coach Ethan Damato had said that if the Breakers were to develop into a team that knows how to win the close games, it would have to learn how to finish.
Tuesday at the Ocean View High Aquatics Center in Huntington Beach, the young Breakers took the first step in that development.
Sixth-ranked Laguna trailed early against No. 9 Edison in an early-season matchup between teams ranked in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll. The Breakers rallied to take the lead by halftime, then withstood a third-quarter rally by the Chargers. They scored the final two goals of the nonleague game to come away with a 10-8 victory.
"The girls made some great defensive stops and had some big counterattacks, to finish," said Damato whose team, in its previous game, couldn't finish in a 9-8 loss at Santiago of Corona on Dec. 5. "I thought we did a good job, overall, but we still need to work on playing more consistent throughout the entire match."