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Spartans water polo flips switch in win

Water polo: La Cañada boys overcome slow start with nine straight goals.

October 23, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — When the La Cañada High boys’ water polo team saw its five-goal lead trimmed to three in about a minute and a half, the Spartans realized it was time to put their Rio Hondo League game with Temple City out of reach.

Chase Borisoff led La Cañada in that effort, as he scored three straight goals in a matter of 1:16 to guide the Spartans on a nine-goal run to close out the quarter. Temple City managed to improve on its 15-goal loss to La Cañada earlier this year, but still came nowhere close to a victory on the Spartans’ senior day Tuesday, 19-9.

“We came out and were missing some shots, so it was time to pick it up. We can’t come out in big games on that lull, so we just have to know what it’s like to turn on that switch and go for it,” said Borisoff, who finished with four goals, six assists and four steals. “Senior day is a big day for me, it’s one of the last games I get to play in this pool, where I basically live, so it was good to come out, play like that, get everyone involved and just have a good time.”

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La Cañada (14-6, 5-0 in league) took a 5-0 lead out of the gate on two goals from Borisoff and three goals from Symeon Stefan, who finished with a game-high seven goals and two assists, in the first six minutes. Temple City cut the advantage to three, 6-3, about two minutes into the second quarter with Vincent Sicat scoring all three goals for the Rams.

Borisoff quickly ended any hope of a Rams rally with three quick goals. His first came 15 second after Sicat’s final tally when lobbed a shot over his head with his back to the goal that went over a Temple City defender, who was leaning over him attempting to deny a shot, and the goalkeeper. Thirty-three seconds later Borisoff scored again on a cross-pool pass from Alden Geller. Borisoff pushed the lead to six, 9-3, 43 seconds after that, as he lobbed another ball into the top right corner of the cage, as the Temple City defense, including the goalie, was looking to deny a pass to two-meter man Bryce Hopkins (three goals, two assists).

The Spartans, who are ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division I, built on that momentum with Peter Loakes, Stefan and Nathan Dickie scoring in the final 1:14 to give them a 12-3 lead going into halftime.

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