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Girls' Water Polo Dream Team: McLaren helped Sailors to top

Senior defender, the Newport-Mesa Player of the Year, was a catalyst on team that captured Newport Harbor's fifth CIF Southern Section crown.

April 11, 2012|By Matt Szabo

As the year went on, teams began to game plan more and more against Umansky. But the Eagles' junior never stopped scoring. She finished the year with 119 goals, an Estancia single-season record and fourth in Orange County.

Coach Jennifer Broderick said Umansky, a first-team All-Orange Coast League selection, picked up water polo from scratch during high school. Next year she could lead Estancia (12-13), which finished fourth in league, back to the playoffs.

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Pippa Saunders

Corona del Mar

The senior co-captain played a different role this year for the Sea Kings, not scoring quite as many goals for CdM but really stepping it up defensively and setting up her teammates. Saunders, bound for Cal, was another passionate senior leader for CdM and an extremely hard worker.

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Saunders, a first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF selection, also was an all-tournament team selection at both the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions and the Irvine Southern California Championships. A repeat Dream Team selection, Saunders had 57 goals, 29 assists and a team-best 46 steals.

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Avery Peterson

Newport Harbor

Physically imposing with her height and long arms, Peterson had a breakout-type junior season and regularly got the job done on two-meter defense for the Sailors. She had one of her best games in the CIF semifinal win over Laguna Beach in overtime, when she had a career-high six steals and scored a tie-breaking goal in overtime.

Peterson, who was a second-team All-Sunset League and second-team All-CIF selection, finished the year with 47 goals and a team-high 58 steals. She was an all-tournament team selection at the Irvine Southern California Championships.

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Aubry Hill

Costa Mesa

Hill typically had the important assignment of guarding the other team's best player, and she didn't disappoint for the Mustangs in her junior year. She contributed across the board, as she was second on the team in goals (35) and steals (34), and led Mesa with 32 assists.

Aubry Hill, whose younger sister Kaitlyn was also a key contributor at goalie for Mesa, was a first-team All-Orange Coast League selection.

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Cassidy Papa

Corona del Mar

The junior driver used both her athleticism, as well as her intelligence, to really benefit the Sea Kings this season. Bailey said he thinks Papa sees and understands the game as well as anybody in high school water polo. The praise was easy to understand after Papa racked up a co-team high 81 goals and added 43 assists and 43 steals.

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