Sea Kings stun Sailors

Corona del Mar takes control early to surprise Back Bay rival at CdM.

October 23, 2010|By Matt Szabo,
(Kent Treptow / Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Will Havercroft pumped his fist in the first quarter after scoring two quick goals.

Chase Watson put his index finger up on each hand after scoring, six times in all.

In the Battle of the Bay, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team was fired up. And, as Watson's gestures would suggest, the Sea Kings earned the right to be called No. 1 after they shocked Newport Harbor, 13-10, on Saturday night at CdM.

"We went into this game with nothing to lose," Watson said. "We're not in their division anymore, but we know this is going to hurt their rating in Division I. It's all about pride with Newport … We had a great game plan and we executed it to a 'T.' "

CdM came out fired up and never backed down. The heroes were many, from Watson's dominance at set to Havercroft's two early goals on extra that gave the Sea Kings momentum. Then there was senior defender Nick Treadaway and the job he did guarding Newport Harbor junior Farrel South, as well as a stellar game in goal from CdM senior goalie Bruce Bearer (11 saves).


Newport Harbor (16-3), ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division I, might have come into the game as the favorite after dismantling Los Alamitos in a Sunset League game Wednesday. Corona del Mar (11-7), ranked No. 3 in Division II, had something to say about that, winning the Battle of the Bay for the second time in three years.

CdM Coach Barry O'Dea was all smiles after beating Newport Harbor for the second time in his six-year tenure.

"These guys know that I expect them to play this type of game," O'Dea said. "We did it in New Zealand [over the summer] Now, it's starting to gel … I think we may have hit a breakthrough tonight."

Senior lefty Chris Robertson scored the game's opening goal for the Sea Kings, followed by the two six-on-five strikes by Havercroft. After Watson's backhand from set beat a double-team, fellow senior center Emery Molnar joined in on the fun, giving CdM a 5-2 advantage late in the first quarter.

"We came out stronger than [Newport Harbor]," Havercroft said. "We came out more intense than they did, and we finished the game better than they did. They looked scared this game."

The Sea Kings never trailed. After South (six goals) scored from the wing to pull the Sailors within 6-5, the home team responded with back-to-back goals from senior Evan Ramsey and another backhander from set from Watson for a 9-5 halftime advantage.

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