Laguna girls' water polo reach title game

Breakers finished second in High School State Championships after 7-5 loss to Foothill, boys place 10th.

July 25, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The Laguna Beach High water polo program completed its summer season last weekend on a high note as both the girls' and boys' varsity teams turned in strong performances in tournament play.

The Breakers competed at the 2013 High School State Championships Invitational, which included top high school teams from San Diego County to northern California, and played their games at Corona del Mar High. The girls' tournament featured 32 teams and the boys' tournament had 48.

Laguna's girls complied a 5-1 record and finished runner-up to the title. The Breakers beat Capistrano Valley, 20-3, Coronado, 16-6, Clovis West, 13-4, Murietta Valley, 14-5, and Newport Harbor, 9-7, the latter in the semifinals. They lost, 7-5, in the championship game Sunday to Foothill.


Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said the Breakers' lineup for each game included only one senior, goalie Jenna Knott. Starters in the lineup included sophomores Haley Evans, Natalie Selin and Ally Jochim, juniors Brighid Burnes, Taylor Julson and Daniela Lucidi, and incoming freshmen Aria Fischer and Bella Baldridge. Damato said sophomore goalie Holly Parker played in the second half of each game.

The Breakers played the tournament without the team's 2012 MVP, Makenzie Fischer who was playing at the U.S. Women's Open tournament, Damato said.

Laguna's second-place finish was the second-best tournament finish for a Breakers' team, he said. The 2008 team won the title in the first year of the tournament.

The Laguna boys finished 10th in its tournament. The Breakers posted wins against Lafayette Acalanes, 14-4, Santa Barbara, 11-6, Villa Park, 10-6, and San Jose Bellarmine Prep, 8-7. They lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion North Hollywood Harvard Westlake and CIF Southern Section Division 1 power Long Beach Wilson.

Similar to the Laguna girls' team, the Breakers played only two seniors, Trevor Collins and Rian Atherton. Juniors Jack Dodson, Aki Andersen, Cade Baldridge, Nolan Del Toro, goalie Garret Hartley, Greyson Benson, Trent Sadler, Connor Hauer and sophomore Jakob Colladay led the way, Damato said.

The 10th-place showing by Laguna is second only to the 2011 team's ninth-place finish at the tournament.

"It was a great summer showing for both our boys' and girl's programs," said Damato who noted that the tournament showing was the best for both teams since the tournament began in 2008. "We have two very young teams that had a very successful summer.

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