Goalie Nick Wood blocked two shots during the penalty shootout after a 10-10 tie against SoCal. Charlie Padden tossed in the winning goal for the Newport Harbor Water Polo Foundation.
SoCal was ahead, 10-9, near the end of the fourth period when Peter Seidner forced a submerged ball turnover, passing to Clay Davison, who threw in an outside shot to tie the game just as the clock ran out. In penalty shots, Wood blocked the second and fourth shots. Nick Silvers was the high scorer of the tournament with exceptional performances by Jack Mooers, Seidner, Clay Davison, Padden, Nick Schroeder and John Edson.
Losing their first game, 7-5, to SoCal on Friday night, the prospects looked grim for the Newport boys, but they came back and beat United, the Anteaters, and Laguna handily in three games on Saturday. When they beat Huntington Beach, 11-5, on Sunday, they had to meet SoCal again in the final.