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Hatzer holds top spot in league

Water polo: Crescenta Valley High cleans up in all-league awards, including POY honors for Sabrina Hatzer.

March 17, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

When it came to the Pacific League, the Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo team was peerless to the point of perfection.

While they were tested, the Falcons were never toppled, en route to finishing 8-0 in league and capturing their third straight outright title.

The Falcons' overwhelming success in league led to a slew of all-league awards, as voted on by the league's coaches, including Pacific League Player of the Year honors for senior driver Sabrina Hatzer and a coach of the year nod for Pete Loporchio.

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Three first-team awards and a spot each in the second team and honorable mention list also followed for the Falcons (31-1), who didn't suffer their first loss of the season until the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals.

Hatzer, a senior, led the Falcons in most offensive categories, including goals scored (106), shooting percentage (61%) and assists (42), while also posting 61 steals, which was second-best on the team.

"I was really honored," said Hatzer, who scored seven goals in the Falcons' first meeting with Burroughs and seven more in each of two games against Glendale. "No one could be disappointed with a 31-1 season. It was very successful."

Hatzer's 106 single-season goals rank fourth all-time for Crescenta Valley behind past notables as Kim Fraisse, Lybov Tchougounova and Kristin McLaughlin.

Junior goalkeeper Gabriel Isacson, senior hole/set Stefanie Loporchio and junior attacker Breanna Lawton all garnered first-team nods for Crescenta Valley.

Isacson stepped into the starting role convincingly after serving as a backup as a sophomore. She finished the season with 228 saves, 18 assists and 19 steals.

"Gabriel was the backbone behind our defense," Coach Loporchio said.

The Falcons were 86-10 and never lost a league match over the last three seasons that Stefanie Loporchio and Lawton were on the team together and the duo provided valuable leadership, as well as production this season.

"Breanna and Stefanie are both three-year varsity players," Coach Loporchio said. "They just bring a lot of experience, basically, because they've been together coming off the bench since Breanna's freshman year when Stefanie was a sophomore."

Loporchio had 44 goals, 25 assists and 56 steals, while Lawton tallied 39 goals and 30 assists and led the team with 92 steals.

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