Girls’ water polo heads into CIF playoofs with only 2 losses

With two losses this season, the girls’ water polo team will play Sonora on Thursday in the first round of CIF. The team currently holds an overall record of 23-2 and a 10-0 league record.

Of its league games, the girls’ water polo team gave up the most goals in the first game against Marymount. However, the team ended up defeating its opponent 22-3.

The team’s two losses this season were 12-8 to Vista and 10-8 to Agoura in the Irvine Tournament.

The girls’ team has a strong offense with Camille Hooks ’11 and Ashley Grossman ’11. With 429 goals over the course of the season, the team averages 17.2 points per game.

Goalie Kristen Lee ’12 attributes her team’s success to its experience and its work ethic. The team has morning swim practices Mondays and Fridays for an hour. They also lift weights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, the team practices every day of the week except for Sunday.

“When we get into our harder games and our playoff games, I think we just need to keep our composure and keep playing the game we know how to play,” Lee said. “I think the only thing that can hurt us at this point is that we don’t have a very big team, so we need to keep down the fouls and ejections and play to our strengths.”

This lack of depth had quite a devastating effect in the game against Vista. In the game, Hooks was kicked out after getting three ejections, and her team could not recover. Although the teams were tied going into the fourth quarter, they could not hold up much longer, and ended up losing by four.

Los Osos was the toughest team that the girls’ water polo team faced in their own division. However, the Wolverines won 9-2, Lee said.

“Our team was able to control the game, but they knew what they were doing and were a physical team,” Lee said. “It was a high intensity game, so we’re guessing it will be like that again if we see them [again in CIF].”

Last season, the girls’ water polo team lost to St. Lucy’s, 11-9, in the second round of CIF.

“Last year we fell short of our objectives,” Head Coach Robert Lynn said. “We missed [winning CIF], and we don’t want to miss it again this year. They have a good chance of being successful. They just have to work hard for it.”