Boys Water Polo (20-9)
Breakers continued their run for the Division 2 title with a physical 13-11 victory over Hoover High School of Glendale before a passionate crowd at Burbank High School on Saturday, Nov. 12. The fans exuberance twice caused the contest to be stopped and the final interruption, which involved aggression in the pool, resulted in the officials halting the game with 26.73 seconds remaining on the clock in the final period.
Thom Simmons, a Southern Section CIF official, said a review of game film cleared Laguna players and staff from any wrongdoing, though four Hoover players received misconduct penalties and were ejected.
Breakers took a 4-0 first quarter lead and held a 7-4 halftime lead after a rough and tumble second period. Hoover scored two straight goals near the end of the third period to trail 10-8, but the Breakers responded in the first half of the fourth by scoring three straight goals to take a 13-8 lead. The Tornadoes comeback ended with the whistle. Judge Washer led all Laguna players with four goals.
Breakers opened the playoffs on Nov. 9 with a 16-5 home win over Santa Monica High.
Semifinals were scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Woollett Center, Irvine with the Breakers in a rematch with Murrieta Valley. Laguna edged the Nighthawks 10-7 at the undersized Laguna pool on Oct. 1. Santa Margarita plays Ventura in the other semifinal with the championship scheduled for Saturday at the Woollett Center. The time has not been set. Breakers were D3 champions in 2010, ‘11 and ‘13.