Falcons have enough to turn back Nitros

Water polo: Crescenta Valley High girls' net 11-7 Pacific League win against rival Glendale.

January 19, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

BURBANK — After three quarters of even play, Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League girls' water polo match between Crescenta Valley High and host Glendale was still anybody's game.

But the fourth quarter belonged to the Falcons, as does sole possession of first place in league after their 11-7 win at Burroughs High, in which Crescenta Valley scored the last four goals of the match and kept the Nitros off the scoreboard for nearly the final 10 minutes.

"In the fourth quarter, I think we relaxed more," said Crescenta Valley's Kim Fraisse, who led the team with four goals, including one in the decisive fourth-quarter run. "At first, we were just getting nervous because it was a really close game and we were adjusting to that. When we started relaxing and running [our offense] everything just came out better."


Glendale was the stronger team in the third quarter, which saw the Nitros outscore Crescenta Valley, 4-2, and take its first lead of the match, 7-6, on a long-range lob by Alique Berberian with 2:59 left.

But Crescenta Valley, the fourth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division V, tied the game with seven seconds left in the third quarter on a close-range finger-roll shot by Adrienne Ingalla, who got out ahead of the Nitros' recovery defense on a counter-attack to receive a long pass from goalkeeper Dakota Davy-Bertram (seven saves).

The Falcons (16-2, 2-0 in league) got the only goal they would need in the fourth quarter at the 6:38 mark when Stefanie Loporchio rattled a shot off the crossbar and Sabrina Hatzer got an easy putback for the goal.

Christine Cho (three goals) scored her first of two fourth-quarter goals on a pump fake and shot into the left corner from the right side nearly three minutes into the period to put Crescenta Valley up, 9-7, and Fraisse firmly established the Falcons' lead with a mid-range turnaround shot with 3:34 left.

Glendale took eight shots in the final period, but couldn't get any solid looks inside and the long-range success the Nitros enjoyed in the first three quarters quickly dried up. The Falcons' other goalkeeper, Shelby Gregg, who split time with Davy-Bertram evenly in goal, had four fourth-quarter saves and six overall.

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