Boys Basketball (13-5, 2-0)
Last week Laguna won a pair of league games to open their 80th season starting with a record 74-25 rout of Saddleback on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Roadrunner Gym. Laguna tied the school “margin-of-victory” mark with a 49-point win matching a 2009 win over Calvary-Murrieta. The contest also marked the second time in school history a team was held scoreless for the final period. Josh Adams led the scoring with 22 points, Alec Wulff added 16 (four three-pointers), Noah Blanton added 15. Also scoring were Matt Jones with eight, Bryan Ludloff with seven, and two points each by Isaac Wulff, Garrett Wong, and Samiar Tehrani.
On Friday, Jan. 17, Laguna held off Estancia 53-47 in a contest at Dugger Gym. Alec Wulff hit for 15 (three three-pointers), Josh Adams 12, Matt Jones 13, and Noah Blanton 11. Isaac Wulff added two points. Breakers have won 15 consecutive league games tying the school record run of 1952-54. Alec Wulff has now hit 99 career three-point shots good for ninth on the all-time Laguna career list.
This week the Breakers hosted Calvary Chapel (7-10, 1-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and travelled to Godinez (14-5, 1-1) on Friday, Jan. 24. The conference showdown with Costa Mesa (13-6, 1-1) is next Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. at Dugger Gym.
Girls Basketball (11-7, 1-1)
Laguna missed two free throws with one second left and lost to league favorite Estancia 48-47 last Thursday, Jan. 16, at Dugger Gym. Breakers had trailed the high-flying Eagles (15-3) most of the evening and were the only conference team to defeat the defending league champions last year. Jane Wallin and Jackie Cenan tied for the top scorer with 15 points each.
Earlier in the week, Laguna ran past Saddleback 54-17 at the Roadrunner Gym as Alexandra Lewis led all scorers with 19 points including five three-point shots.
Boys Soccer (4-5-3, 1-1-0)
Estancia scored the winning goal in the final seconds to lift the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Breakers last Friday, Jan. 17, on Guyer Field. Laguna had held the favored visitors in check all match with key saves by keeper Dante Amodeo until the final shot.
Earlier in the week, the Breakers rallied past Saddleback 3-2 on the new artificial turf stadium at the Roadrunner campus despite the strong Santa Ana winds. The hosts took an early 2-0 lead but Laguna battled back with Edward Willette scoring just before half. Tommy Ressler added the tying goal against the defending CIF champs and Chris Tellez scored the winner in the closing minutes.
Breakers faced Calvary this past Wednesday and travel to the top-ranked D-5 school Godinez this Friday, Jan. 24.
Girls Soccer (6-5-2, 1-1-0)
League leading Eagles held off Laguna 2-1 last Thursday, Jan. 16 at Guyer Field with a key second half penalty shot proving the difference. Breakers played Calvary on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and traveled to Godinez on Thursday, Jan. 23. The league is very balanced this season and the playoff spots should be up for grabs to the final league matches on Feb. 12.
Girls Water Polo (15-1, 1-0)
Laguna Stuns Newport – Wins Santa Barbara TOC
Quite a week for the top-ranked girls water polo team as they set a number of school records with a league win over Saddleback on Wednesday, Jan. 15, dusted off Dos Pueblos in a non-league match Thursday, Jan. 16, then played two more matches on Friday and two more on Saturday to sweep the best of Southern California for the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions title.
The win is a first title for the Breakers in Santa Barbara and for Newport, a frustrating ninth championship match without a title. Makenzie Fischer was named MVP with 19 goals, three assists and six steals for the tournament. Aria Fischer was also named All-Tournament with 10 goals, five assists and seven steals for the weekend.
Breakers scored 13 goals in the first period and went on to beat Saddleback 27-8 in their opening league match of the season at Saddleback’s pool. Laguna made great efforts to slow down the tempo of the game but were too talented for the hosts. Records were set in goals scored, assists (25), and combined goals in a game. Bella Baldridge Cara Borkovec, Aria Fischer and Makenzie Fischer each scored four goals, Baldridge was top in assists with four, Holly Parker had seven saves, and Aria Fischer, Makenzie Fischer, Mia Salvini, and Natalie Selin each had three steals
Laguna 11, Dos Pueblos 4
Breakers won their sixth straight match against the Chargers with a sound win at their pool in Goleta. Makenzie Fischer scored five goals and had four of Laguna’s 14 steals. Bella Baldridge, Laguna’s only lefty, suffered a concussion in the contest and had to miss the tournament matches on the following days.
Laguna 19, Santiago 0
Breakers opened the 15th Tournament of Champions with a shutout of Santiago/Corona. Taylor Julson got the scoring started with a pass from Aria Fischer. Makenzie Fischer made it 2-0 with a great pass from Haley Evans on a six-on-five play after Santiago received an exclusion foul. Up 8-0 at the half, the match was quickly out-of-hand in the third period as Laguna scored the first four times they touched the ball. Overall, Makenzie Fischer scored six goals, Aria had five, the team recorded 16 steals led by Aria’s four thefts. Jenna Knott and Holly Parker shared the keeper duties as Laguna recorded their first shutout in eight years.
Laguna 7, Santa Margarita 5
In a difficult contest, Santa Margarita keeper Nikki Doumas recorded 10 saves while Laguna goalies totaled 11. Laguna scored first on a goal by Cara Borkovec with just 90 seconds remaining in the period but the Eagles came right back to score seconds later and then picked up another off an exclusion six-on-five opportunity with 25 seconds left on the clock. In the second period, Makenzie scored on a penalty shot midway in the quarter but Santa Margarita came right back after an exclusion foul by Taylor Julson. Laguna soon returned the favor as Daniela Lucidi scored off a Haley Evans pass during an Eagle exclusion. In the second half, Santa Margarita took a 4-3 lead on another exclusion but the Breakers answered with Natalie Selin scoring off another Evans pass. Evans added her third assist as she fed Cora Borkovec’s sweep for another Laguna score. Eagles tied the contest on their first possession of the fourth period but Selin fed Aria Fischer for the final go-ahead goal on the Breakers next possession. Mia Salvini added the insurance with just under two minutes remaining after Holly Parker fought off a Santa Margarita attack with back-to-back saves. The Eagles last two possessions ended with a wild shot and a turnover.
Laguna 15, San Clement 10
Breakers were expecting to meet Foothill in the semi final but the Knights fell on Friday to a re-tooled Triton squad with Amber McCutcheon back in the SC lineup after missing the first part of the season. San Clemente pulled a 7-6 upset of the Knights in overtime to open tournament play then held off Agoura 10-9 in another extra period match to advance to meet Laguna. Tritons made a great effort to keep up with the Breakers but Holly Parker was too tough in the cage blocking 11 San Clemente shots including an amazing five-meter penalty attempt in the first period. Makenzie Fischer scored first of her seven goals off the pass by Mia Salvini and added three more in the first period. San Clemente could never get closer than three goals after the first quarter and trailed by eight early in the fourth period. Aria Fischer added three scores, Cara Borkovec had two. Mia Salvini added a score, three assists and two steals.
Laguna 9, Newport 5
Breakers controlled the tempo in the first half building a 6-0 lead and limiting Newport to only seven shots frustrating the Tars and their legendary coach, Bill Barnett. Like in the last meeting with the Sailors, Haley Evens got things going with a score off a Cara Borkovec pass on Laguna’s fourth possession. The Breakers scored three straight to close out the first period as Makenzie Fischer bounced a goal past the goalie, Mia Salvini added one off an Aria Fischer pass and Holly Parker tossed a long ball to Makenzie for the final tally with 13 seconds remaining.
In the second period, goals came from Aria and from Makenzie on a penalty shot.
Newport showed some fire in the third period scoring on an exclusion opportunity with 5:34 left in the period then adding a sweep from Christina O’Beck at the 3:05 point. Makenzie added a penalty shot score to make it 7-2 but Newport added two more to close out the period on an outside shot and a lob. Makenzie made it 8-4 on another lob shot with 4:12 remaining in the fourth period but Newport countered on their next possession scoring on an exclusion opportunity. Laguna got their final score to end any real Newport threat as Taylor Julson surprised Newport with a shot off a pass from Salvini with just under two minutes remaining.
Final Finish: 1 – Laguna, 2 – Newport, 3 – Corona del Mar, 4 – San Clemente, 5 – Santa Margarita, 6 – Mater Dei, 7 – Santa Barbara, 8 – Agoura, 9 – Foothill, 10 – Murrieta Valley, 11 – Montebello, 12 – San Marcos, 13 – Los Alamitos, 14 – El Toro, 15 – Santiago, 16 – Dos Pueblos.
Breakers will see Newport for the third time this season on Friday, Jan. 24, 3:15 p.m. at the Newport pool. And will host San Marcos on Friday, Jan. 31, 3:30 p.m. at the Laguna pool.