High School Roundup: Laguna stays on top

Breakers remain tied for first place in league after 23-1 victory against Estancia.

October 24, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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Everyone on the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo roster had a hand in Wednesday's Orange Coast League victory over Estancia, and it helped the Breakers maintain a share of first place in the league standings.

The Breakers, the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, netted a 23-1 victory over the visiting Eagles to run their league record to 3-0 and overall mark to 10-9.

They are tied for first place with Costa Mesa and their next league opponent, Godinez, is a game behind the league co-leaders.

Laguna travels to Santa Ana Valley High Wednesday to take on Godinez at 3:15 p.m.

Greyson Benson's six goals led Laguna's scoring barrage, and Benson and Trent Sadler both had five steals.

"It was good to get everyone a lot of playing time," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "A lot of guys have been working hard behind the scenes for our varsity team and our league games are a chance for them to play a lot."


Prior to Wednesday's win, Laguna took on a pair of nonleague opponents, and split the two matches.

First, the visiting Breakers fell, 15-13, in overtime, Oct. 17 to second-ranked Murrieta Valley. Aki Andersen and Jakob Colladay both scored three goals for the Breakers.

It was the second loss this season for Laguna against the Nighthawks who defeated the Breakers last month at the Santa Barbara Tournament.

Laguna came back the next day at its own pool to take on Coronado, and edged the Islanders, 11-10. Cade Baldridge scored four goals, Colladay three goals, and Garrett Hartley had six saves.

"Thursday and Friday were two really tough games against big, physical opponents who really challenged us physically in the pool," Damato said. "In both games, we went down early in the first, led going into the fourth [quarter], and lost fourth-quarter leads.

"On Thursday night, at Murrieta after our game we all felt like we really let a win slip out of our hands leading by two goals with five minutes left in the fourth before losing in OT. We talked a lot on Thursday night about why and how that happened and why we keep coming up short at the end of these games.

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