BURBANK — After nine nonleague matches, the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team will have nearly three weeks off before beginning Pacific League competition.
Perhaps the break will come at the right time for Burroughs, which suffered a 17-12 defeat at home against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Thursday.
Burroughs (6-3) won’t play again until Jan. 9 against visiting Crescenta Valley, the reigning league champion.
There are plenty of lessons that the Indians can take away from their nonleague matches.
“We played some real good teams in nonleague and Notre Dame is a team that we play every year to get us ready for league,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “They are one of our toughest opponents.
“Maybe there will be some similar teams in league, so we’ll see. We have some time between now and the CV game to work on some things and get more conditioned.”
The Indians never led against the Knights (6-2). Notre Dame received a match-high nine goals from Taylor Enright, including five in the first half to help the Knights build a 10-5 halftime advantage.
Burroughs could get no closer than that the remainder of the match.
Burroughs, which qualified for the playoffs last season, received four goals apiece from Bianca Sanchez and Aleah Orozco. Orozco finished with three goals in the first half.
“We feel like we have a good team,” Sanchez said. “We’ve played a lot of games over the past few weeks and we’ll get better conditioned.
“We have a lot of players with experience and we feel like we can challenge with the other top teams in league.”
Enright scored to give Notre Dame a 2-1 lead with 5:09 left in the first quarter. She scored with two seconds left in the quarter to make it 6-2. Enright had four goals in the third quarter to help the Knights build a 16-8 lead.
“She’s a good player,” Cook said. “I liked the way that we fought until the end, but it’s real hard to catch up against a team like that.”
Burroughs received three goals from Gwen Turla and one from Isabel Rosado.
Notre Dame got three goals each from Georgia Moran and Emily Suong.