The polo squad is in the semifinals for the eighth straight year and they faced off like last season with Capistrano Valley this past Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Irvine’s Woollett Center. Laguna has dominated the long series with the Cougars winning the recent regular season match 9-6 back on Nov. 5. Coach Ethan Damato is expecting a tough battle to get back to the D-3 finals to defend their crown. If the Breakers win, the finals should be this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Irvine High School pool against Murrieta Valley or last year’s opponent Montebello.
Laguna opened this year’s run with an easy 18-9 victory over Chaparral on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the local pool. Breakers led 11-3 at the half giving the bench plenty of playtime. Jakob Colliday led all players with seven goals and two assists. Gordon Pike had eight saves. On Saturday, Nov. 14, Laguna hammered the North Hills League champion Yorba Linda Mustangs 20-8 for a quarterfinal win. It took less than one minute for Jakob Colliday to score and Sebastian Jacobs added two more to make it 3-0 after one period. Yorba scored on their first second period possession but Laguna responded with eight straight goals to send the Breakers into the intermission at 11-3 to the delight of the overflow crowd at the Laguna Community Pool. Overall for the match, eight players scored led by Jacobs with six, Jeff Rubino with four and Colliday with three. Camden Benson and Judge Washer each had three steals.