Alex Musselman is a known quantity in girls' water polo. The Corona del Mar High senior goalie, a three-year starter who committed to UCLA last April, was the Newport-Mesa Player of the Year as a junior.
Cleo Harrington is the first-year starter for Newport Harbor in the cage. She is a sophomore. In high school sports, that's a word that's sometimes used in front of a name to temper expectations.
Not with Harrington, who has established herself alongside Musselman. They are perhaps the top two goalies in the CIF Southern Section.
Laguna Beach Coach Ethan Damato wouldn't argue with that, especially after Harrington had 17 saves in Wednesday night's Division 1 semifinal win over his Breakers.
"I haven't played Alex Musselman," Damato said. "I think the best goalie I've seen is Cleo Harrington. I thought she played another outstanding game [Wednesday]."