HIGHLIGHTS: ToC Victory Keeps Laguna on Top

A 9-5 victory over closest rivals Foothill led Presidio Sports to ask, “Can anyone beat the Laguna Beach High girls water polo team?”

Not yet.

And no signs indicate an end to the trend. The Breakers emerged from Santa Barbara’s Tournament of Champions – considered by many to be the most challenging prep girls competition in the US – undefeated at 14-0. After Saturday’s championship the girls have won 35 consecutive matches, a streak that spans two seasons. The last time they lost was in January of 2014 to the same Foothill program, whose girls pulled out to a surprising lead in Saturday’s title game. Laguna increased the pace and climbed back to take the lead for good, as described by Presidio Sports:

Mackenzie Fischer sparked the Breakers’ comeback from an early 3-1 deficit. She [scored] the next four goals. She finished a pass from Evans and returned the favor to knot the score at 3-3. She then gave them the lead for good, scoring in transition off a nice pass from Baldridge near the end of the first half. She got open on the left wing and buried her shot for a 5-3 lead with 2:53 to go in the third period. Baldridge followed with power-play goal.

Laguna Beach’s speed of play makes it tough to defend.

“We try to play as fast as possible,”Damato said. “That’s our goal, to give ourselves as much of an opportunity to play offense as we can. Today, we didn’t score quite as much as we normally do, but our defense was great and we scored enough to win.”