Sailors make power play

Boys' Water Polo

Newport Harbor, efficient on six-on-five offense, earns 9-8 victory over Coronado to improve to 3-0 this season.

September 15, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Newport Harbor High's Andrew Silvers, who recently committed to USC, shoots during the first half against Coronado.
Newport Harbor High's Andrew Silvers, who recently… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — The south side of the Newport Harbor High pool deck — the shady side — was the place to be late on a hot Saturday afternoon.

Few people tried to sit on the other side. The Newport Harbor and Coronado boys' water polo teams didn't have a choice, as that's where their benches were located.

But there were even few people on that Newport Harbor bench as the game went on. Minus an absent starter and with two other players fouled out, Coach Robert Lynn was left with just one substitute in the fourth quarter of a tie game.

Luckily for Lynn, he still had senior Andrew Silvers.

The recent USC commit drew two late exclusions and the Sailors scored on both, helping them post a 9-8 nonleague victory over the San Diego Section powerhouse Islanders.

It was still a team victory for Newport Harbor (3-0), which won the second one-goal game at its home pool this week despite missing senior defender Dan Stevens, who Lynn said was on a trip to Harvard.


Silvers had three goals and drew a handful of exclusions, as Newport Harbor went an impressive seven for eight on its power-play opportunities while holding Coronado (0-2) to three for nine.

"Coronado's a very physical team, and they're always going to be a good game, close game," Lynn said. "When we play a physical team, we've got to do a better job at just playing and not getting engaged. We had our two centers in trouble and our guard in trouble [with foul trouble] ... we've got to conserve our energy as much as we can and be efficient on six-on-five."

Newport junior Ryan Warde also shared the team lead with three goals. Two of them came on powerful shots from the "one" position on six-on-five.

Senior Preston Lee had a standout game with two goals, three steals and three assists on the Sailors' power play, and senior Blake Grove filled in admirably as primary set defender in Stevens' absence before fouling out.

"Preston was a very good leader today," Lynn said. "He worked for the team."

The score was tied, 6-6, late in the third quarter before Warde scored just as a power play was ending. At the time, it was the Sailors' sixth goal in six such opportunities.

"We played strong," Silvers said of the six-on-five effort. "[My teammates] did well entering the ball. That's what it breaks down to, teamwork, working together. Without good passes from everybody, we really can't get anything done, but everyone was making some pretty good passes."

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