COSTA MESA — John Carpenter said before the season that this is the best Estancia High boys' water polo team he's had in at least 20 years.
When you've been a coach at a school for 32 years, you can make a claim like that.
The Eagles are doing their best to prove Carpenter correct.
They showed their skills at their home pool Wednesday afternoon, against cross-town rival Costa Mesa. Estancia dominated, scoring early and often to earn a 16-2 victory that clinches outright second place in the Orange Coast League for the Eagles.
"We talk about it a lot," senior Charlie Umansky, who scored a game-high six goals against Costa Mesa, said of his coach's high regard for the 2010 Eagles. "It kind of makes us feel like we have something to prove. When he says stuff, we have to back it up. It's motivation for us, to make sure he's not just talking a big game. We've got to back up his big game."