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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

Papa, a powerful outside shooter and always a dangerous counterattack threat, also earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League and second-team All-CIF honors. She is a repeat Dream Team selection.

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Elissia Schilling

Newport Harbor

The junior center became dominant at two meters over the course of the year. She also picked up a well-earned reputation for clutch play. Schilling scored a season-high five goals in the Sailors' huge Sunset League victory over Los Alamitos. Twice she also scored the game-winning goal in sudden-death overtime against Laguna Beach, including in the quarterfinals at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, where she earned all-tournament team status.

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Schilling finished the year with 45 goals, 20 assists and 34 steals. She was first-team All-Sunset League and also first-team All-CIF.

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Ally McCormick

Corona del Mar

The lone lefty on the Dream Team, a junior driver, was much more than just that. Scoring, passing, aggressive defense, counterattacking — McCormick could do it all for CdM. For the second year in a row, the gifted passer led the Pacific Coast League in assists with 65. She also scored 62 goals.

McCormick, another player who is lethal on the counterattack, was a first-team all-league and second-team All-CIF honoree. Like all of the other four CdM players on the Dream Team, this is her second straight selection.

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Cleo Harrington

Newport Harbor

Harrington, the only sophomore for the CIF champions as well as the only sophomore on the Dream Team, certainly came a long way. In her first year on varsity she always played with a lot of confidence, and by the end of the year she earned a reputation alongside Musselman as one of the best goalies in Southern California. Harrington seemed to play her best in big games and finished the year with an area-best 314 saves.

Harrington earned second-team All-Sunset League and second-team All-CIF status.

matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Twitter: @mjszabo

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