Saturday, Nov. 20
Dos Pueblos 5, Santa Barbara 4
Friday, Nov. 19
SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Foothill 12, Corona del Mar 9
Ryan Cummins scored two of his four goals in the third quarter, but the Knights had to break a 9-9 tie at the end of the period to advance to their first Division I championship match since 2000.
Cummins and J.W. Krumpholz each converted crucial four-meter penalty shots in the fourth quarter for Foothill, and Corona del Mar (20-9) missed big shots and was held scoreless in the period.
A penalty shot by Cummins gave Foothill (22-8) an 11-9 lead with 4:41 to play. After a 15-minute delay because of a malfunctioning scoreboard, Krumpholz converted the last of his three goals on a penalty shot with 54 seconds left.
That penalty shot was his second attempt on the play, which was repeated after Corona del Mar’s Spencer Pirdy grabbed the ball right out of Krumpholz’s hand before he could shoot.
Thomas Pearson scored a game-high five goals to lead Corona del Mar.
Long Beach Wilson 9, Harvard-Westlake 7
The same thing happened, just one round earlier.
Three-time defending champion Long Beach WIlson adavanced to its fourth consecutive Division I boys’ water polo final with a 9-7 victory over Harvard-Westlake in a semifinal game Friday night at Irvine High.
Top-seeded Wilson’s victory over the fourth-seeded Wolverines (26-5) came one round earlier than last year’s 9-8 title-winning decision. The Bruins (29-2), who have won nine titles with two of their last three coming at the expense of the Wolverines, will face Foothill (22-8) this time at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
“We never take that for granted,” Long Beach Wilson coach Tony Martinho said. “It’s so hard to get to the finals.”
Wilson jumped on Harvard-Westlake for a 4-2 lead after the first quarter thanks to three goals in the period by Matt Sagehorn, who has a chance to win four titles in his high school career. Scott Swanson added two goals in the second quarter as Wilson took a 7-5 halftime edge. He also registered the Bruins’ last goal with 2:07 to play, allowing them to hold off Harvard-Westlake down the stretch.
Justin Rappel and Eric Vreeland each had two goals and an assist to lead Harvard-Westlake. Will Hindle-Katel, Alex Kofsky and Johnny Cirelle had the Wolverines’ other goals.
Los Alamitos 7, Servite 5
Sophomore Jeff Tsim scored two goals in the last 2 minutes, 7 seconds to break a 5-5 tie and lift second-seeded Los Alamitos into its third consecutive Division II final match.Tsim finished with four goals and junior Clayton Snyder scored the other three goals for the Griffins (24-6).
“I’m not a main scorer for us,” Tsim said. “It’s a great feeling. You’ve got to get used to it.”
Third-seeded Servite (16-14) trailed early on, but actually took a 5-3 lead on a goal by Alex Mule with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
Consecutive goals by Snyder, however, pulled Los Alamitos within 5-4 at the end of the period, and then into a 5-5 tie with 6:33 to play.
Mule and Rory Bevins each scored two goals to lead Servite, and Scott Schauer scored the Friars’ other goal in the first quarter.
Villa Park 14, Esperanza 11
Shea Buckner scored six goals, including five in the first half, but Villa Park (32-0) had to hold off a second-half surge by defending champion Esperanza in a Division II semifinal game at Heritage Park in Irvine.
Villa Park jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter and led, 10-4, at the half, but Esperanza capitalized on an 8-3 advantage in kick-outs, scoring six goals in man-up situations.
Senior Kris Willenbrecht led the Aztecs (14-16) with a game-high seven goals, including three in the fourth quarter, to help his team close the gap at the end.
Three second-half goals by junior Alex Churnside helped Villa Park hang on and advance to its first championship match since 1995, when the Spartans lost to Foothill in the Division I final. Churnside, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, converted Villa Park’s last goal of the third quarter to give the Spartans a 13-7 lead, and then had their only goal of the fourth period to make the score 14-7 with 5:24 left.
La Serna 11, Mira Costa 9
Jeff Greenwood and Andrew Valdes both scored four goals and goalie Ian Pawlowski had 16 saves to lead visiting and third-seeded La Serna (28-4) in an upset victory played at Pasadena College.
Mira Costa defeated La Serna in the second game of the season, 13-11.
The Lancers, who last reached the finals in 2001, will play fourth-seeded Montebello in the final on Monday night at Belmont Shores Aquatic Center.
Montebello and La Serna split earlier in the year, with Montebello winning the first game, 13-11, and La Serna winning the second game, 15-9.
Cole Consani scored three goals for Mira Costa, Division III’s second-seeded team.
Montebello 14, La Canada 8
Senior Christian Flores scored four goals, one in each quarter, and sophomore Uriel Villa added three goals for host and fourth-seeded Montebello (24-6), which outscored the top-seeded Spartans 9-2 in the second half at Pasadena City College.
Montebello lost to La Canada, 15-11 in its seasons opener.
Damien 9, Murrieta Valley 9 (sudden death)
Steve Donohoe scored four goals, including the winning goal with 45 seconds left in the second sudden-death overtime period, and added seven steals and two assists to lead host and third-seeded Damien (25-6-1) at Citrus College.
Jory Johnson had three goals for second-seeded Murrieta Valley (27-4), which led 4-3 at halftime.
Riverside Poly 13, Ayala 11
Colin Tewksbury scored his only two goals in overtime for visiting Riverside Poly (26-6), which rallied from a 9-5 deficit with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Bears, top-seeded in Division V, will face Damien in the championship game on Tuesday.
Josh Garcia scored four goals and Srdan Milic and Chuck Camacho both added three for Ayala.
Bonita 23, Chadwick 10
Sophomore Brett Hays had six goals, all in the first half, and Cameron Phillips and Ryan Allred each added five goals apiece against for top seeded Bonita (22-8-1) at Mira Costa High. Chadwick, the No. 4 seeded team, was led by Alex Lovell, who led all scorers with seven goals. Bonita, which led 10-6 at the half will play the winner of the Rowland-El Segundo game, Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the title game at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach.
El Segundo 13, Rowland 8
Senior Cameron Hughes scored a career-high seven goals to lead host El Segundo (24-7), second-seeded in Division VI. On the season, he has scored 112 goals in 29 games.
Senior George Renfro added two goals after scoring just six during the regular season, and freshman goalie Matt Kubeck had 14 saves for El Segundo.
The Eagles, who set a school record for wins this season, will face Bonita on Tuesday at Belmont Plaza in just the second final in school history, and the first since 1986.
Rowland, who upset third-seeded Charter Oak in the quarterfinals, finishes the season at 23-8.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
Dos Pueblos 9, Royal 5
Santa Barbara 12, Righetti 7
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Corona del Mar 16, Loyola 4
Bryan Buhagiar and Tom Money each scored two of their three goals in the third quarter, when Corona del Mar outscored Loyola 7-2 to break open a game that the Sea Kings led just 2-1 after the first quarter and 5-1 at halftime.
Kyle Hersh and Thomas Pearson also had three goals for Corona del Mar (20-8) in the match, played at Loyola Marymount University. Gaston Sanford made 10 saves for the Sea Kings, who, with the victory, improved on their quarterfinal showing in last year’s playoffs.
Freshman Forest Monroe led Loyola with two goals and Mike Lennon and Alex Edmunds had the other goals for the Cubs (18-10).
Foothill 8, El Toro 5
Ryan Cummins and J.W. Krumpholz each had three goals to lead third-seeded Foothill (21-8), which will play Corona del Mar in a semifinal. Alex Lawrence had seven saves in goal in the first three quarters and Travis Stachowski made three in relief in the fourth quarter. Travis Fader had two goals to lead El Toro (19-11).
Harvard-Westlake 8, Newport Harbor 6
Eric Vreeland scored four goals, including the last score with 5:35 left in the match and had one assist for host Harvard-Westlake (26-4), which will play Long Beach Wilson in the semifinals on Friday. Carson Hill and Nate Castillo each scored two goals for Newport Harbor (18-11).
Long Beach Wilson 13, Northwood 7
Matt Sagehorn scored five goals and Scott Swanson added four to lead top-seeded Wilson (28-2), which will face Harvard-Westlake in the semifinals on Friday. Calel Hamilton had four goals and Derek Wiebe Bailey had 15 saves for host Northwood, which finishes the season at 20-6.
Esperanza 12, Santa Margarita 8
Julien Lormant scored Santa Margarita’s first three goals and finished with four in the game, but Santa Margarita (18-13) fell at Esperanza.
Alex Rogers added two goals for Santa Margarita.
Los Alamitos 19, Costa Mesa 3
Clayton Snyder had four goals and four players added three goals for Los Alamitos (23-6), which advanced to semifinals for the fifth time in six years with a victory over Costa Mesa (20-6) at Golden West College.
Scott Davidson, Jeff Tsim, Steven Brook and Daniel Levin each had three goals for the Griffins, who will play Servite in the semifinals on Friday at Irvine High. Servite, which prevented the Griffins from advancing to the semifinals in 2000 by beating them in the quarters, also defeated Los Alamitos in the 2002 finals.
Kyle Thorsness had two goals and Evan Spencer had the other goal for Costa Mesa, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Los Alamitos will play Servite on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Irvine High in the semifinals.
Servite 15, Brea Olinda 8
Alex Mule had four goals, four assists and six steals, Rory Bevins had four goals and two assists and Scott Schauer had two goals, three assists and four steals to lead visiting and third-seeded Servite (16-13), which was the division champion in 2002.
The Friars will play Los Alamitos in the semifinals. Servite lost twice in the regular season to the Griffins. Brea Olinda ended the season 17-11.
Villa Park 20, Sonora 10
Junior goalie Andy Stevens had 14 saves, allowing four goals in three quarters of play, and Shea Buckner scored eight goals to lead top-seeded Villa Park (31-0) in a victory over visiting Sonora, which played without Coach Matt Segesman, a 2004 U.S. Olympic team defender who was red-carded in a first-round victory over Huntington Beach last week.
Alex Churnside added five goals and two assists and Mark Milic had three goals and five assists for Villa Park, which has set a school record for victories in a season. The Spartans’ previous best was 26 wins.
On Friday, Villa Park will play Esperanza at 5 p.m. If Villa Park wins, it will advance to its first final match since 1995, when the Spartans fell to Foothill in the Division I title match.
La Canada 13, Downey 4
Doug McNeese scored four goals and Scott Burns and Jordan Thompson each added three goals for La Canada (21-9) in a victory over visiting Downey (21-9).
Matt Blatchley, Chris Wehrle and Gamal Rady each had one goal and goalie Kevin Coyne made eight saves for the Spartans.
La Serna 17, Bell Gardens 8
Derek Hingeveld had five goals and a steal, Patrick Nandy had four goals and two steals, Jeff Greenwood had two goals and five steals and Ryan Goetz had four steals and a goal for visiting La Serna (26-4) at Cerritos College.
Ian Pawlowski had 12 saves in the cage for the Lancers, which lost in the quarterfinals last season to Peninsula. The No. 3-seeded Lancers led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter and 10-2 at the half.
Placido Diaz had four goals for Bell Gardens.
Mira Costa 14, Crescenta Valley 5
Sam O’ Hare and Stefan Partelow each had four goals and goalkeeper Bret Giery had 10 saves to lead visiting Mira Costa (24-6), the second-seeded team. The Mustangs will play La Serna on Friday at Pasadena City College.
Chris Sherman had three goals to lead Crescenta Valley (21-8).
Montebello 13, Palos Verdes 7
Sophomore Uriel Villa had four goals and senior Chris Flores had two goals for visiting Montebello (23-6) at Mira Costa High School. The defending Division III champion Oilers play La Canada friday, with hopes of avenging a loss earlier in the season to the Spartans.
Ayala 12, Redlands 6
Srdan Milic had five goals, two assists and two steals and goalie Nick Hinrichs made eights saves for defending division champion Ayala (22-8) in a victory over visiting Redlands.
Redlands (26-6) took a 1-0 lead to open the game, but then gave up three consecutive goals, including a four-meter penalty shot, and trailed 4-1 after the first quarter.
Damien 13, Arlington 3
Four players, Dan Perdew, Michael Carter, Kenny Glover and Chris Evans, each scored four goals and Perdew also had three assists for Damien (24-6-1), which advanced to the Division V semifinals for the third consecutive season. The Spartans also advanced to Division VI semifinals in 2000 and 2001. Steven Donohoe, the Spartans’ leading scorer on the season with 92 goals, scored once in the match against Arlington (21-7).
Murrieta Valley 14, Palm Desert 6
R.C. Dean had five goals and two assists for Murrieta Valley (28-3), which advanced to the Division V semifinals for the first time with its 16th consecutive victory.
Kendell Olds, who added two goals for Murrieta Valley, leads the Nighthawks with 88 on the season. Murrieta Valley, a playoff quarterfinalist the past four seasons, also got a season-high 17 saves by goalie Andrew Austreng. He also had two steals.
Riverside Poly 14, Upland 7
Shawn Britton scored four goals, including one in the third quarter, when Riverside Poly went on a 5-0 run in one stretch and led, 12-4, going into the fourth period in a victory over visiting Upland.
Riverside Poly (25-6), which led 6-3 at halftime, will play Ayala, the defending division champion, in the semifinals for the third year in a row. Riverside Poly won, 9-7, in 2002, and Ayala beat the Bears, 8-7, in overtime last season on its way to the title.
Doug Lindsey and Robert Bersbach each scored two goals to lead Upland (21-10).
Bonita 14, Santa Monica 7
Sophomore Brett Hayes had four goals, senior Ryan Allred added three goals and Adam Hepburn had eight saves for host and top-seeded Bonita (21-8-1). Adam Cline had four goals for Santa Monica (17-13).
Chadwick 10, Walnut 9
Jesse Tootell scored five goals and Alex Lovell added three goals, including the decisive one with 4:26 left in the fourth quarter, and Chadwick (22-6-1) hung on to win a game played at Mira Costa High.
Matt Escobar had four goals to lead Walnut (20-8), which trailed 10-6 going into the fourth period but scored three goals in the last three minutes, including the Mustangs’ last one with 1:12 remaining, to close the gap.
El Segundo 14, Don Lugo 4
Cameron Hughes had six goals, raising his season total to 105, as No. 2-seeded El Segundo (23-7) tied a school record for most victories in a season in a match played at Santa Monica High.
Hughes scored five goals in the first half and the Eagles, who advanced to the Southern Section Division III quarterfinals in 2001, took a 10-1 lead at intermission.
Sophomore Josh Combs added four goals, all in the first half, and has 56 goals on the season, and Alex Heck, another sophomore, had two goals for El Segundo, which won the Ocean League title. The Eagles’ freshman goalie, Matt Kubeck, made 14 saves against Don Lugo (18-10), the Mt. Baldy League champion.
Rowland 14, Charter Oak 6
Mike Edwards scored five goals for Rowland (23-7) in a victory over visiting Charter Oak. Ryan Aquila had three goals, Brandon Rivas added two and Joey Rasich had the other goal for Charter Oak (21-9-1).