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Breakers move to 5-0

High School Roundup

Laguna Beach girls' water polo enters Holiday Cup tournament this weekend with a perfect mark.

January 02, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

The top-ranked Laguna Beach High girls' water polo team closed out 2013 with a victory, as the Breakers rolled to an 18-4 win over San Clemente Tuesday at Capistrano Valley High.

Junior utility Makenzie Fischer, in her first game back in the Breakers' lineup this year, netted a game-high seven goals to go along with two assists and three steals. She also drew seven ejections.

Fischer had missed Laguna's previous four games while playing in two December tournaments with the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team.

Freshman attacker Bella Baldridge also had a big game with three goals, three assists and five steals. Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said junior attacker Brighid Burnes (four goals), "shot the ball really well," and that sophomore attacker Natalie Selin, "did what she does [best]," scoring three goals on the counterattack.

"Our goalies looked really sharp in a game where we played really well offensively," Damato said of keepers, senior Jenna Knott (four saves) and sophomore Holly Parker (six saves). "Our goalies stayed focused regardless of the score, and both looked really good."

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Laguna, No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, heads into the New Year with a 5-0 record.

"It was great to have (Fischer) "Fisch" back in the water and to be a bit closer to full strength," Damato said. "She was in attack mode all game and had a great game.

"I thought the team looked good and had some really bright moments throughout the game. It was a great effort in beating a good San Clemente group. I'm excited to see how we play this weekend in the Holiday Cup."

The Breakers open the Newport Holiday Cup Friday against Carlsbad at Santa Margarita High.

The tournament concludes Saturday.

"The Holiday Cup is one of the premier high school events of the year," Damato said. "It will be a big test for us and a tournament we will use to gauge where we are in [Division 1]. We are ranked at the top of bracket and will have to play two good teams to get to the semis. If we can get there, we will likely see [Corona del Mar], or, Santa Margarita which will be a great test for us.

"We have failed to make the semis the last two years, so that will be goal No. 1. Goal No. 2, win our first big tournament together. We have never won the Holiday Cup, Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, or the Irvine (SoCal Championships) tournament, so that will be something we will be shooting for this year."

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