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Boys' Water Polo: CdM is overpowering

Sea Kings dispatch Huntington Beach to set up quarterfinal matchup with top-seeded Mater Dei on Saturday at 1 p.m.

November 14, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Charlie Rodosky, right, slips the ball in past Huntington Beach goalkeeper Alex Wolf (1) for a point during the first half in a first round CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoff game in Newport Beach on Wednesday.
Corona del Mar High's Charlie Rodosky, right, slips… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

A fuse in the shot clock blew 30 seconds into the second period at Corona del Mar High. The teenagers working the scorer's table called for help and CdM Coach Barry O'Dea obliged.

From the other side of the pool deck, O'Dea walked over. When he arrived, he asked a question.

"System have power?" O'Dea said, before adding, "Hit reset."

At this point, with the Sea Kings ahead by three goals, their boys' water polo opponent might have wanted to start over.

Play resumed five minutes later and CdM provided all the power it needed in and out of the water. The Sea Kings beat Huntington Beach, 10-5, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs on Wednesday.

Charlie Rodosky led the Sea Kings with three goals and Matt Sherburne and Jack Trush added two goals apiece.

O'Dea came away impressed with the defensive effort turned in by goalie Ryan Hamm (14 saves) and defenders Ashton Jajonie, Ryan Greenwald and Wade Munger. The Oilers (20-10) only produced three goals through the first three quarters. Two came on power-play situations and one on a five-meter penalty shot.

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"I think the guys have come a long way," O'Dea said. "They're a different ballclub than we were when we lost that Northwood game [on Oct. 17]. They woke up [after the Sea Kings' first Pacific Coast League loss in 10 years]. Our defense has changed, which in turn has changed our team."

The Sea Kings are going to have to transform again, if they plan to continue their season. Next for CdM (17-11) is a Saturday quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. against powerhouse Mater Dei (27-1), the top seed.

The Monarchs and Sea Kings will play for the second time in 15 days. The last meeting easily went to Mater Dei, 15-3, at home.

Round 2 is at CdM and for a chance to advance to the semifinals. Playing the quarterfinal contest at home, O'Dea said, gives his team no edge.

"You're playing Mater Dei," O'Dea said. "You've just got to play the best game of your life.

"We hope that we're going to play really well on Saturday and see what we can do. We've got nothing to lose, which makes us a little desperate and a little dangerous."

Prior to Wednesday, O'Dea said the Sea Kings didn't talk about the possibility of facing Mater Dei again, yet he admitted to speaking with Mater Dei's coach, Chris Segesman, on Tuesday.

"We were like trying to make plans," said O'Dea, referring to what time the quarterfinal match worked best for both schools.

They agreed to play in the afternoon.

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