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Monarchs are too much for Sea Kings

Mater Dei sets tone early, dominates CdM to win 102nd straight game. Sea Kings now prepare for Northwood on Tuesday.

November 02, 2013|By Matt Szabo

SANTA ANA — Coach Barry O'Dea had been away from the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team for the past week, and it was easy to understand why.

Family comes first. O'Dea went to Ireland for the funeral of his aunt.

"It's my dad's last sister who was alive in Ireland," said O'Dea, who left the country Oct. 26 in the middle of the Memorial Cup in San Jose and returned late Friday night. "I was representing my family."

O'Dea missed four of the Sea Kings' games, returning in time for the one at powerhouse Mater Dei, the three-time defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion that carried a CIF record 101-game winning streak.

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Make it 102 straight wins after Saturday night. Even the luck of the Irish wouldn't be nearly enough to stop the Monarchs.

Senior captain James Walters and junior Nick Silvers — both Newport Beach residents — each scored four goals as Mater Dei blasted CdM, 15-3, in the nonleague game.

"I'm happy, because we had a really bad game against Loyola," Mater Dei Coach Chris Segesman said, referring to Mater Dei's 11-6 win on the road on Tuesday. " We weren't really mentally and physically ready to roll. Tonight, I thought we were focused. The guys did a really good job of dictating the tempo of the game. We jumped on them, and we played ball-control. It was a good game overall for us, at this point of the season."

Senior Kent Inoue scored three goals for Mater Dei (22-0), the top-ranked team in Division 1. Newport Beach resident Jeff O'Brien, a senior, scored twice, as did junior Matt Payne. Spencer Carroll, Neil LeVecke, Peter Seidner, Connor Talleur and Luke Wyatt are the other Newport-Mesa residents who play on Mater Dei, making eight in all.

Walters, a USC commit, led everyone with three steals. The Monarchs' other USC commit, 6-foot-8 senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron, made 13 saves. He recorded five assists in the first half as well, throwing the ball the length of the pool to set up scoring opportunities.

"He's a special player," Segesman said. "Not only is he a great goalie, but he throws such a nice outlet pass ... he's a huge weapon for us feeding our counterattack, which is our bread and butter."

The Monarchs built a 5-0 lead after a quarter and a 10-0 halftime lead over CdM (15-11), ranked No. 9 in Division 1. For all of the Sea Kings, save senior captain Matt Sherburne, it was their first time playing in a varsity game against powerhouse Mater Dei.

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