NEWPORT BEACH — The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team was tired of Newport Harbor dominating the Sunset League.
Before a packed house Wednesday night, the Griffins did something about it.
Los Alamitos was on from the beginning, turning the much-anticipated showdown at Newport Harbor High into a 9-3 romp that gives the Griffins the inside track on their first league title in five years.
"We had won league five of the six years before Newport came into the league [in 2006-07]," Los Alamitos Coach Dave Carlson said. "We hadn't won since. We finished second every year. The girls, especially the senior class, they wanted to make their mark."
The Griffins did so. Newport Harbor (12-4, 2-1 in league) missed the mark, scoring just one goal in the first 24 minutes. The Sailors also missed a golden opportunity in a couple of regards.
Los Alamitos (18-2, 3-0) just needs to beat Marina and Huntington Beach to end the Sailors' four-year reign atop the league. As importantly, the Griffins would likely receive the No. 2 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs, keeping them on the other side of the bracket from two-time defending champion Dos Pueblos.