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Falcons off to undefeated start

Water Polo: Crescenta Valley girls defeat San Marino to remain perfect this season at 7-0

Eight players score for Falcons.

December 14, 2010|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Kristina Molder defends against a San Marino attack in the second quarter of a non-league waterpolo match at Crescenta Valley High on Tuesday.
Crescenta Valley's Kristina Molder defends against… (Tim Berger, Glendale…)

LA CRESCENTA — When an undefeated Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team hosted a winless San Marino squad on Tuesday afternoon, the outcome was predictable.

And, for all intents and purposes, the Falcons got the predicted result, as they throttled the Titans, 14-1, in a nonleague match at Crescenta Valley High.

"We got probably what we thought we'd get out of it," said Falcons Coach Pete Loporchio of the lopsided win that didn't exactly see CV play its best throughout.

Nonetheless, the match's outcome more than supplemented an outstanding start to the season for the Falcons, who are 7-0 and ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division V.

"Certainly, when you're 7-0, I don't think you could be any more content with the start of the season," said Loporchio, whose team is coming off a season in which it won the Pacific League title and advanced to the CIF Division IV quarterfinals. "We're just looking at the big picture, which is defending our league title and going far in CIF. So in terms of where we're progressing, I think we're very happy."

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Another aspect that has Loporchio pleased is his team's depth, evidenced by eight Falcons scoring in Tuesday's match, with Breanna Lawton and Stefanie Loporchio tallying three goals apiece

"I think it's one of our biggest strengths," said senior Kristina Molder, who had two steals and two assists, of the team's depth. "It gives us an element other teams don't have."

For a good portion of the season, the Falcons have also been without Kim Fraisse, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year. Fraisse, nursing a shoulder injury, scored off a Rachel Krebsbach assist just 19 seconds into the match to put San Marino (0-5) into a hole it would never come close to digging out of.

Fraisse, like many of the starters, played just the first period. Nevertheless, her absence has been a bit of a blessing in disguise, forcing the rest of the Falcons to step up their game.

"Everyone has kind of stepped up to the plate," Lawton said. "But it's definitely nice having her back."

Fraisse and four other Falcons missed Crescenta Valley's semifinal match against El Rancho in the Los Altos Tournament on Saturday, but the Falcons still prevailed, 12-0, as Adrienne Ingalla, Christine Cho, Shannon Hovanesian and Sabrina Hatzer each scored twice in what Loporchio said was one of the best matches he's seen his team play.

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