The boys of Sir Francis Drake entered the CIF North Coast Section postseason with the top seed and the most compelling story of the 2015 prep season. The Pirates emerged from their league schedule unscathed and finished the season undefeated with quality wins over El Toro, San Marcos, Campolindo, and their first ever over 14-time section champs Miramonte.
Two of those victories came on the way to winning the Villa Park Classic in Orange County, an impressive result. The team was poised to take home its first section title and complete the year without a loss.
Meanwhile, Campolindo flung themselves all over the state to participate in elite tournaments – Santa Barbara Invitational, North v. South Challenge, CCS vs. NCS. The rigor appears to have helped them at the right time. The tested Cougars, who lost by six to Drake earlier in the fall, clamped down on the talented upstarts to eke out a one-goal title victory on Saturday.
Drake will now enter the 2016 season a known property, and likely better for it.
The Northgate boys were successful in winning their first title while the San Ramon Valley girls continued their dominance, and the Miramonte girls took home one of their own.
More on a superb day of water polo from the East Bay.
LAFAYETTE >> Had Matt Swanson known prior to Saturday’s game his Drake High boys water polo team would hold Campolindo to five goals, the coach would have been delighted.
The Pirates’ defense was exceptional, and Quinn Woodhead scored a game-tying goal in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but a late goal propelled the sixth-seeded Cougars to a 5-4 win in the North Coast Section Division I championship at Acalanes High…
Top-seeded Drake (29-1), which went 12-0 in MCAL play, entered the title game as California’s lone undefeated team.
Miramonte (14), De La Salle (4), Campolindo (2) and Acalanes (1) are the only teams to win the D-I title since 1995. Saturday was the Pirates’ first trip to the D-I championship, a game in which only two other Marin teams have made appearances.
LAFAYETTE — For a fifth straight year, the San Ramon Valley High girls water polo team kissed the plaque. In what has become a tradition, the Wolves won 9-6 over rival Monte Vista on Saturday to secure its fifth consecutive the North Coast Section Division 1 championship.
“I’m really proud of them, because it was one of their goals to go win three tournaments and win NCS,” San Ramon Valley coach Heather Johnston said. “I’m very proud of them that they worked for it.”
It was the fifth straight title-game matchup between Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley in a crosstown rivalry Johnston joked has been going “since the beginning of time.” The teams have met in all five championship contests since NCS split the sports’ playoffs into two divisions.