Girls' Water Polo: Breakers begin league title run

Laguna Beach opens with 22-7 victory at Costa Mesa to open Orange Coast League play.

January 10, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

An early call Wednesday turned out to reap several rewards for the Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team.

On a day that began at 5:45 a.m. with a not-so-normal practice session, the Breakers still had plenty of energy nine hours later, when they traveled to face Costa Mesa. Despite a somewhat slow start to the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, the Breakers shifted gears and went on several scoring runs that led to an eventual, 22-7 victory.

Laguna has not lost an OCL game since the league formed for athletic competition for the 2006-07 school year.

The Breakers, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 8-3 overall.

"I thought we were a little bit sluggish at the start of the game, but the girls picked things up after the first quarter," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "We had that early practice to work on some six-on-five situations and shooting, plus, we were using a different defense in this game and we got to test it out and get the kinks out."


Laguna, a pressing team defensively, played an "M-drop" (zone) defense in the first half. The Breakers led, 6-2, after one quarter, but began to pull away when Makenzie Fischer scored consecutive goals, followed by two straight scores from Lexi Del Toro to start the second quarter.

The Breakers held an 11-4 halftime lead. Costa Mesa (12-8) scored two of its goals in the half in the final seconds of each quarter.

Laguna scored the first four goals of the second half, one each from Sydney Saxe and Macky Baldridge and two from Fischer, one coming on a penalty shot, to expand the lead to 15-4.

Fischer finished with eight goals and five assists. Del Toro scored three goals and had two assists, Baldridge scored three times and Saxe and Natalie Seling both scored twice. Goalies Holly Parker and Jenna Knott had 10 and three saves, respectively.

The Breakers headed north Thursday to Santa Barbara for a series of games starting with a Thursday nonleague game against seventh-ranked Dos Pueblos. The score wasn't available at press time.

Laguna will start play Friday at the two-day Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, annually one of the top girls' water polo events of the prep season. The 16-team, two-day tourney will be played at both Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos.

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