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Boys' Water Polo: T-Wolves shock CdM

Northwood comes out hot, hands Sea Kings their first league loss in a decade in battle for first place.

October 17, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High's Jack Trush, is surrounded and pressured by Northwood's JJ Meador (6) and Michael Garas (8) while scoring.
Corona del Mar High's Jack Trush, is surrounded… (Don Leach, Daily…)

Jocelyn Manderino wrote a telling quote on her Twitter account, @flip612, before the big game.

"Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away," Manderino posted, the quote attributed to Arthur Golden. She added two hashtags, "#gameday" and "#drownthequeens."

The first-year Northwood High boys' water polo coach was certainly familiar with rival Corona del Mar in her high school days at Newport Harbor. As a senior, she helped the Sailors win their first CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls' title in 1999.

On Thursday afternoon at CdM, the Manderino-coached Timberwolves dealt the Sea Kings a historic loss.

Perhaps the dam finally has broken in the Pacific Coast League.

Northwood built a big lead and hung on for an 11-10 upset victory, moving into outright first place in league halfway through the league schedule. In the process, the Timberwolves dealt the Sea Kings their first league loss in a decade. CdM's last loss in league came in 2003, also to Northwood.

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For the Timberwolves, Thursday's victory meant a lot to the program. They blitzed CdM on its senior day, building an 11-3 lead late in the third quarter.

It also meant a lot to four-year varsity players like John Hartshorne, Jason Lee and Josh Hayashi. Hartshorne led the visitors with four goals, while Lee and Hayashi scored two each. Lee added two field blocks and three steals, which tied him for the team lead.

"It being my senior year, getting a shot at CdM and having a shot at the league title is a great opportunity," Lee said. "We have to play them one more time, so obviously we can't let up, but I feel like we have a really good shot at beating them again ... For a lot of the players on the team, the thing that scared them the most was just the name CdM. But we just told ourselves, they're just another team. Woodbridge lost to them by one, and we beat Woodbridge. We had a great shot at them. Honestly, I think we're better than them overall. We have multiple weapons on the team, and it's hard to stop that."

Northwood (12-5, 5-0) did not come out tentative against CdM (9-8, 4-1), the No. 5-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1. The Timberwolves took a 4-0 lead after the first quarter, on a pair of goals by Hartshorne and strikes by Lee and Hayashi (six-on-five).

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