GLENDALE â€” From a showdown to determine the best in the Pacific League on Wednesday, the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team shifted gears right into a tournament featuring some of the best programs in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
The Falcons finished sixth in the two-day TYR Cup at El Dorado High after losing to San Marcos of Santa Barbara, 14-7 on Saturday.
â€œI think we were a little tired physically and emotionally, but you have to play through that and I think it's just part of the learning experience,â€ said Crescenta Valley Coach Pete Loporchio, whose team suffered its first loss in league on Wednesday, falling in sudden death overtime to Burbank. â€œWe spent a lot of energy against Burbank, but any time you can come up and play teams that are good, it's good [for us].â€
Taylor Kuh led the Falcons (10-7) with three goals against San Marcos and Kim Fraisse added two more.
Fraisse also had two goals, along with Olivia Trimis in Crescenta Valley's 5-3 win over El Dorado earlier on Saturday to advance to the fifth-place game.
On Friday, the Falcons opened with a forfeit victory, which propelled them into the top eight where they faced The Bishops' School, the top-ranked squad in the CIF San Diego Section.
The Knights, eventual winners of the TYR Cup, handed Crescenta Valley a 15-2 loss, in which Christine Cho and Trimis accounted for the team's only goals.
Burbank also played in the tournament, in the opposite bracket of the Falcons, and finished ninth.
Sophie Munoz had 20 saves over three matches for the Falcons, who resume league play at home against Burroughs on Wednesday.