There was some confusion as to when the Laguna Beach High boys’ water polo team would play at home on Wednesday. Some believed it was at 4:15 p.m., yet it began an hour earlier.
While fans showed up late because of mix-up in times, the outcome turned out like the rest of the Breakers’ games in the Orange Coast League. They won yet again.
Laguna Beach has never lost in the Orange Coast League, which formed 11 years ago. The Breakers won their 54th straight game in league by defeating Costa Mesa 16-9.
The Breakers opened league a lot later than the rest of the four teams in the league because of the cancellation of their contest with Saddleback on Oct. 4. The Mustangs had already played twice in league by the time they faced Laguna Beach.
It didn’t take long for the Breakers (8-7, 1-0 in league) to show that they own the league.
Colton Gregory led the way for Laguna Beach, scoring five of his game-high seven goals in the first half. The Breakers took a 9-2 lead into halftime.
Larsen McCarroll finished with three goals for Laguna Beach, and Peter Weiland added two goals.
Costa Mesa’s Caedmon Fisher produced four goals.
The Mustangs (13-10, 2-1) have to hope Laguna Beach loses one of its remaining two games in league, at Godinez on Oct. 18 or at home against Estancia on Oct. 25, for a shot to finish atop the league with the Breakers. Costa Mesa’s league finale is at home against Godinez on Oct. 25.
Next year seems more like the year Costa Mesa can claim the league, as Laguna Beach is moving out of the Orange Coast League. The Breakers are joining the new eight-team Sunset Conference, which will be home to Huntington Beach, Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar, Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley, Edison and Marina.
The Orange Coast League will feature Costa Mesa, Estancia and Saddleback, along with Orange and Santa Ana, who are coming from the Golden West League.
The teams in the Orange Coast League are happy about not having to deal with Laguna Beach anymore. The Breakers look like they are on their way to their 12th consecutive undefeated Orange Coast League crown.
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