Everyone on the Laguna Beach High boys' water polo roster had a hand in Wednesday's Orange Coast League victory over Estancia, and it helped the Breakers maintain a share of first place in the league standings.
The Breakers, the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 2, netted a 23-1 victory over the visiting Eagles to run their league record to 3-0 and overall mark to 10-9.
They are tied for first place with Costa Mesa and their next league opponent, Godinez, is a game behind the league co-leaders.
Laguna travels to Santa Ana Valley High Wednesday to take on Godinez at 3:15 p.m.
Greyson Benson's six goals led Laguna's scoring barrage, and Benson and Trent Sadler both had five steals.
"It was good to get everyone a lot of playing time," Laguna Coach Ethan Damato said. "A lot of guys have been working hard behind the scenes for our varsity team and our league games are a chance for them to play a lot."
Prior to Wednesday's win, Laguna took on a pair of nonleague opponents, and split the two matches.
First, the visiting Breakers fell, 15-13, in overtime, Oct. 17 to second-ranked Murrieta Valley. Aki Andersen and Jakob Colladay both scored three goals for the Breakers.
It was the second loss this season for Laguna against the Nighthawks who defeated the Breakers last month at the Santa Barbara Tournament.
Laguna came back the next day at its own pool to take on Coronado, and edged the Islanders, 11-10. Cade Baldridge scored four goals, Colladay three goals, and Garrett Hartley had six saves.
"Thursday and Friday were two really tough games against big, physical opponents who really challenged us physically in the pool," Damato said. "In both games, we went down early in the first, led going into the fourth [quarter], and lost fourth-quarter leads.
"On Thursday night, at Murrieta after our game we all felt like we really let a win slip out of our hands leading by two goals with five minutes left in the fourth before losing in OT. We talked a lot on Thursday night about why and how that happened and why we keep coming up short at the end of these games.
"On Friday, down a goal with four minutes in the fourth and Coronado's timeout, we gathered together on the wall, we knew we had been in this situation before. If we wanted the outcome to be different then we would need to rally together and find ways to make plays at the end of the game. I challenged the boys in the huddle to make plays together, as a unit and that's exactly what they did. We scored three unanswered goals and led by two with one minute left in the game, securing the win. I thought that was a big growth moment for our guys who also had a two-year home winning streak in the back of their minds."
Laguna hasn't lost a home match since the 2010 season.
"We take a lot of pride in winning in the 'Bath Tub,' as our opponents like to call it," Damato said.
The Breakers again step away from league play to host to Damien at 5 p.m. Friday. The Spartans are ranked ninth in Division 2.
Damien was the runner-up to Laguna at both the 2010 and 2011 CIF Southern Section Division 3 championships. Since the 2009 season, the teams have met six times, with Laguna winning four of those games including both CIF finals.
"Damien is a quality program year after year," Damato said. "This year they have been up and down but are playing really well as the year winds down, like they always do. We have been in the top six of CIF (Division 2) all year and will be focused on not losing this big divisional game, and holding our ground in the division."