"[Nakhjavani] is very capable of scoring, so we really tried to key on him and take him out of the game," Taylor said. "But I think probably the biggest strength that we had going today was the counterattack. That's one of the nice things about having our pool back. We have more hours to practice, and we can start swimming again. We can swim with teams, and we're starting to outswim teams. That was just something that we didn't have time to focus on when we didn't have the pool."
Sophomore Ryan Sung had a goal and three steals for Sage Hill. Junior Jace Broderick also had a pair of steals. Norton said before the game it was all about getting his young team some experience.
"We're starting to figure out the game of water polo," he said.
Mesa has a more prestigious goal, making the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs for the first time in three years. Next week's game at defending league and CIF champion Laguna Beach should be tough. The Breakers have not lost a league game since the league was created.