"We did what we had to do," said Newport Coach Ted Newland
following his team's systematic conquest of New York before a water
polo-savvy crowd of 400.
Newport never trailed, led by three goals (5-2) at halftime, and
maintained at least a three-goal cushion through the second half as
Powers (five goals), Bailey (two goals), Omar Amr (one goal), Marc
Hunt, Robert Lynn, Dan Klatt and goalie Genai Kerr (eight saves) gave
New York little breathing room.
New York, which failed on five of six power plays, tried to turn
the tide in the fourth period with several incidents of defensive
overplay, such as spring-boarding off Bailey's body in the hole, but
it hardly caused a ripple in the continuing domination of Newland's
It all seemed rather anticlimactic, considering the tournament's
most exciting game had come in the morning when Newport escaped with
an 11-10 overtime victory over Stanford, coached by former Corona del
Mar High Coach John Vargas.
New York had already qualified with a 6-4 semifinals victory over
Malibu, and Newport appeared to have things its way in the early
going, jumping to a 5-2 lead late in the second quarter against
Stanford, however, with its regular-season squad intact, worked
hard to pull even at 6, 7 and 8, and took a 9-8 lead with less than
three minutes to go.
Newport fought back with a tying goal with 1:31 left on a Dan
Klatt score, then held Stanford off in the final 13 seconds of
regulation to force the overtime.
"We had weathered the storm (early) and I knew in the second half
our counter, counter, counter would take its toll," said Vargas.
With a finals berth on the line and little room for continued
mistakes, Powers got inside for a goal in the first overtime, then,
near the two-meter area, he took a no-look pass from Amr in the
corner and extended it into a quick goal to make it 11-9 early in the second three-minute overtime session.
Stanford again fought back with a goal, and in the fading seconds,
had possession, only to be turned back by a block by Powers at
mid-court with no time left.
"I thought this might be a two-goal or three-goal game," said
Newland. "We just lost some discipline."
Powers had five goals against Stanford and Bailey and Klatt each
scored twice. Amr and Evans also scored.
Tony Azevedo, the dazzling sophomore out of Long Beach Wilson
High, led Stanford with four goals.Jeff Guyman and Jeff Nesmith each
scored twice, and Reed Gallogly and Peter Hudnut each had a goal.
The tournament featured nine athletes with Olympic Games
experience and was a virtual presentation of Olympians for 2004.
Among the standouts from the 16-team field were Mike Evans, Kirk
Evenist, Wolf Wigo, Gavin Arroyo, Jeremy Laster, Dan Hackett, Sean
Kern and Robert Lynn.