LBHS Boys Water Polo competing for consolation semifinals on Nov 6

Story and photos submitted by Stacie Capobianco

Laguna (ranked 8th) opened game one of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Elite 8 playoffs against Newport Harbor (ranked 1st) in front of an energetic crowd at Newport Harbor High School last Thursday.

LBHS Water Polo crowd

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LBHS Breakers Water Polo team are cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd

The Breakers came out early with the first goal and held the lead most of the game. Going into half, freshman William Kelly wowed the crowd with an outside shot to make the game 5-5. After a strong three quarters, the Breakers lost their momentum late in the 4th and the Sailors came out with the win 9-6.

“It’s really hard to beat a team three times in a row,” Newport Harbor coach Ross Sinclair said. “They move really well. They’ve got a couple of guys that really create in one-on-one.”

LBHS Water polo freshman William Kelly

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Freshman William Kelly with the shot that tied the game going into halftime 

Zach Cord led Laguna Beach with two goals, while James Nolan, Logan McCarroll and Colton Gregory also scored. Junior keeper Caden Capobianco held strong with 12 saves.

“They’re tough to shut down for four quarters,” said head coach Rob Grayeli. “I’m just really proud of my guys.”

The Breakers move on to the consolation semifinals against Mater Dei High School (ranked 5th) at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei tonight, Tuesday, Nov 6. The Monarchs lost to Oaks Christian (ranked 4th) in OT 10-9 previously.