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Nitros water polo shows its No. 1 value

Water polo: Glendale High boys get five goals from Chatalyan in 10-3 league victory against Crescenta Valley.

October 16, 2012|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Glendale High's Levon Gevorkyan, left, looks to take a shot on goal over Crescenta Valley's Antonio Camarillo.
Glendale High's Levon Gevorkyan, left, looks to… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

BURBANK — In little time, the members of the Glendale High boys' water polo team have established themselves as the main target in their league and division.

Things came together, as they have most of the season, on both offense and defense for Glendale on Tuesday afternoon during a convincing 10-3 Pacific League victory against Crescenta Valley at Burroughs.

Glendale, which entered the contest ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V poll and the defending league champion, improved to 14-5, 4-0 in league. Crescenta Valley, No. 8 in the division, dropped to 9-12, 2-2.

Glendale held Crescenta Valley at bay, mostly limiting the Falcons to shots from the perimeter. Glendale limited Crescenta Valley to 10 shots on goal, with goalkeeper David Tiraturyan finishing with seven saves.

The Nitros also received a match-best five goals from Martin Chatalyan to help Glendale improve to 2-0 this season against Crescenta Valley.

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"Our goal coming in was to focus on playing strong defense," said Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook, whose team posted a 12-8 victory against Crescenta Valley in a Conejo Tournament match on Sept. 8. "They did a tremendous job at that, and I think we really only had two lapses.

"I thought we played an intelligent game all around and it showed throughout. There's a rivalry between the schools and CV has had our number before. So, it's nice to even up the score."

Glendale led throughout, getting a pair of late first-quarter goals from Chatalyan to build a 2-0 advantage. Chatalyan made it 1-0 with 3:11 remaining and then scored to make it 2-0 with 59 seconds left.

Chatalyan said he had an inkling he would be called upon to ignite Glendale's offense since Crescenta Valley's plan of attack was to shut down prolific goal scorer Arman Momdzhyan.

"I knew CV would drop down on Arman," said Chatalyan, who completed his hat trick with 1:06 remaining in the second quarter to give the Nitros a 3-1 lead after Crescenta Valley's Daniel Park scored 34 seconds earlier. "I knew I had to go out there and score some big goals for us.

"All of these games are very important. You can't be lazy. You have to be prepared because we are the top team in our division and league."

Glendale received a pair of goals apiece from Momdzhyan and David Papazian and one from Artak Arzumyan. Arzumyan scored to give the Nitros a 4-1 lead with seven seconds remaining in the first half.

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