LONG BEACH — With 24 total exclusions called, the game was physical from the start.
Corona del Mar High boys' water polo coach Barry O'Dea expected as much in his team's nonleague game against Long Beach Wilson.
"You play Long Beach in Long Beach, it's going to be a physical game," O'Dea said.
But he was probably hoping his players could handle the adversity just a bit better, after they struggled in the middle of the game and lost, 15-11, on Tuesday afternoon at Belmont Plaza.
Corona del Mar (0-2), ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division II coaches' poll, had trouble getting into its offense. It also suffered numerous defensive breakdowns against Wilson (2-1), ranked No. 2 in Division II.
Frustration set in, both with fouls and also with negative body language. CdM assistant coach Ryan Bailey received a red card in the second quarter, and he was forced to move up to the "cheap seats" above the north goal. The Bruins were in the midst of a run of six straight goals, opening up a 7-2 advantage late in the second when senior Erik Vogalzang got seperation at set and scored one of his game-high four goals.