BURBANK — In defending its Pacific League title, the Crescenta Valley High boys' water polo team was kept on the defensive by Glendale for much of Thursday's league championship tournament final at Burbank High.
And, while the Falcons never trailed in securing their third straight outright league crown with an 11-7 victory, they also never had a moment to rest against a Nitros team that played them dead even on the scoreboard for the final three quarters.
"It was significantly difficult," said Crescenta Valley goalkeeper Rane Colvin, who had 14 saves. "They're really talented. We just stepped up."
Alan Dearman and Robby Ruzicka each had three goals to lead Crescenta Valley (21-4, 8-0 in league), which overcame a team-high four goals from Martin Narinyan to beat Glendale (6-2 in league) for the second time this season.
"I'm happy with the way our team played," Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook said. "Of course, I'd love to see a different result, but we're playing against Crescenta Valley, the best team in our division. We look forward to hopefully playing them in the CIF playoffs."