Boys' Water Polo: Sailors still own Bay

Battle of the Bay

Warde's big night helps Newport Harbor win rivalry match for the second straight year.

October 20, 2012|By Matt Szabo
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — "Ro-bert! Ro-bert!"

Corona del Mar High students used the chant a couple of different times Saturday night in the Battle of the Bay boys' water polo match. Newport Harbor Coach Robert Lynn said he didn't mind it.

"They were antagonistic, which is good," Lynn said. "That's fine. That's what crowds should be like."

But the heel for the host Sea Kings turned out to be an emerging player for Newport Harbor.

Ryan Warde scored his game-high fourth goal on a power play with eight seconds remaining, helping the Sailors hold on and take the rivalry match, 9-7, on Saturday night at CdM.

Four goals is a career-high for Warde, who is known for being an emotional player. His big splash after that last goal earned him a yellow card, but he and the Sailors didn't mind. They were on their way to winning the Battle of the Bay for the second straight year.


"It felt really good," Warde said. "I mean, especially in front of the CdM fans."

Just one week earlier Lynn said he benched Warde, trying to teach him a lesson after he committed an overly aggressive foul in the Sailors' 11-10 nonleague loss to El Toro. A week later, Newport Harbor needed the junior.

Three of four of Warde's goals came on the power play, part of an efficient night for the Sailors on six-on-five. They converted seven of nine opportunities; Corona del Mar was three for eight.

Lynn said the Sailors (16-3), ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, were able to recognize the zone defense of No. 7-ranked CdM (13-7). But Newport Harbor, which had a seemingly comfortable 8-4 lead after senior Curtis Fink scored on a penalty shot with 3:40 left, nearly gave all of it back.

CdM kept working. After senior center Armen Mavusi drew an exclusion, senior Reid Chase scored a six-on-five goal. Then a steal by senior Jack Harryman (five steals) led to a good look by senior Danny Marshall. He buried it from six meters with 1:47 left, bringing the Sea Kings within 8-6.

After CdM senior Blake Motal scored from the right with 59 seconds left, the lead was down to a goal. Those CdM fans were ecstatic.

"We talked about taking care of our emotions this game, playing water polo and not turning it into fighting," Lynn said. "I'm proud of my guys to handle that. We had a good lead, 8-4, but mistakes at the end got it back close ... We're still working on that discipline."

Out of a timeout the crowd chanted another two-syllable chant, "De-fense!" CdM Coach Barry O'Dea joined along, pumping his fist in rhythm.

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