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Spartans keep focus in lopsided win

Water polo: La Cañada bears down on defense to secure 20-5 win over Temple City Thursday.

October 04, 2012|By Andrew Shortall

TEMPLE CITY — With the decision well in hand by halftime, La Cañada High boys' water polo Coach Devon Borisoff gave the Spartans another game within the game with Temple City to win.

In the driver's seat with a nine-goal lead, the first-year Spartans coach said he didn't want the Rams scoring two goals the rest of the way. La Cañada couldn't meet Borisoff's goal, but still impressed with a 20-5 victory at Temple City Thursday.

"I try to give them little goals like that otherwise we're up by 15 goals and they can lose focus pretty easily,' said Borisoff, whose team improved to 9-6, 2-0 in league. "If I give them a goal where the other team can't score more than one goal then they're a lot more focused on defense."

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La Cañada nearly satisfied Borisoff's halftime request, despite playing a man down on four different occasions in the second half. Temple City had trouble scoring all night with La Cañada goalkeeper Jeff Lee recording 10 saves and the Spartans logging six field blocks with Alden Geller's two a game best.

Temple City (1-1 in league) managed to keep within striking distance of La Cañada for about three minutes. Geller netted two goals within about two minutes of play to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead before Temple City's Nolan Chang (three goals) connected on a long-range shot with 5:39 left in the first quarter to bring the deficit to one, 2-1.

A six-on-five opportunity pushed La Cañada's lead to two 33 seconds later when Bryce Hopkins just had his shot deflected and off the post by Rams goalie Adrian Rodriguez. The Spartans' Johnny Louk (two assists, two steals) sprinted over and pushed the loose ball in for the goal.

A mere 23 seconds later, Lee sparked a counter-attack goal when he blocked a shot and fired an outlet pass to Chase Borisoff, who fed a streaking Symeon Stefan for an up-close goal.

The Spartans' lead swelled to 8-2 by the end of the first quarter — thanks to solid passing, as six of those scores came on assists with Borisoff logging three of his game-high five in the opening seven minutes.

Geller, one of La Cañada's lefties, finished with five of his six goals by halftime, as he added two more tallies in the first 2:21 of the second quarter to increase the lead to 10-2. Borisoff and Justin Moh also scored in the second frame to increase the lead to 12-3.

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