NEWPORT BEACH — Two Harvard-Westlake High seniors huddled amid the cold and rain Saturday night near Newport Harbor's pool.
They did not want to give their names and they didn't want to comment about playing against their former boys' water polo coach Robert Lynn.
Newport Harbor's first-year coach, Lynn, and his Sailors silenced the Wolverines with a 9-3 win to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals.
Newport Harbor will face El Toro Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.
Saturday's game was an emotional contest for several involved. However the Newport Harbor players' emotions were geared toward reaching the semifinals.
"Most of us felt like it was just another water polo game — come out, play our best and play our game and hopefully win, which we did," said junior Dan Stevens, who had three field blocks, two steals and one assist. "I thought we played great on defense and we countered hard. We were balanced. I'm happy about it."