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Boys' Water Polo

Newport Harbor leads throughout Battle of the Bay scrimmage, but Lynn sees definite room for improvement.

September 07, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

NEWPORT BEACH — On one of the hottest days of the year, at least there was a nice breeze on the Newport Harbor High pool deck.

The action in the Battle of the Bay boys' water polo scrimmage still sizzled early on.

Seven exclusions were called in the first quarter, six of those on Corona del Mar. The physical nature helped the host Sailors, who scored three early goals on their power play.

Newport Harbor never trailed and outscored the Sea Kings in the scrimmage, 11-7. But seven was not the lucky number for the Sailors' first-year Coach Robert Lynn. He and his coaching staff had a long post-game meeting with the varsity players.

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"I'm not satisfied at all," said Lynn, who recently returned from coaching the U.S. men's junior national team, which finished ninth at the FINA World Championships in Greece on Saturday. "We have a little bit of conditioning level now, but I'm not satisfied with Corona del Mar scoring [seven] goals on us. I'm not saying that we're that [much] better – we're not – but we have to build a mentality like that. What we're trying to build is something in their minds, and it's how to not get involved with the referees, how to not get involved when people are provoking you to fight, how to stay disciplined and stay on task. For me, looking at what we've been working on and trying to do it in the first game? [I'm] not satisfied.

"There were a lot of things that we were working on – team structure and movements and stuff like that – that they didn't do. To the outside [person] looking in, yeah, there's probably a lot of good things that you saw … From a coaching perspective, we had some good moments in the game and we need to work on a lot of [things]."

Senior Farrel South scored a game-high three goals for Newport Harbor. Juniors Dan Stevens (four steals) and Curtis Fink added two goals each. Andrew Silvers, Ryan Fowler, Sam Edson and Mitchell Mendoza also found the back of the net for Newport Harbor, ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division I preseason coaches' poll.

Senior goalie Koby Yokota had five saves and Wyatt Muller made two saves.

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