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Warrior water polo 3-2 in America's Finest City tournament

Fallbrook High School’s boys water polo team won three of five games at the America’s Finest City tournament September 26-27.

“It’s the first time in the last four years that we’ve had a 3-2 record at the tournament,” said Fallbrook coach Bob Lamont. “Pretty good field comes into this tournament.”

The tournament, which is hosted by Coronado High School and played at various San Diego County venues, has a total of 32 teams. Sixteen of those teams are from the CIF San Diego Section while the other half of the field traveled from other counties.

“Pretty good tune-up as you prepare for your league games,” Lamont said.

All five of Fallbrook’s games were played at Poway High School.

In the first of two September 26 games the Warriors faced Mira Costa High School, which is located in Manhattan Beach. Fallbrook led at the end of the first quarter and trailed by a single goal at halftime before falling 12-9 to the Mustangs.

“I felt like we played really good until the fourth quarter. We were certainly not embarrassed in that one,” Lamont said.

The loss had followed a 17-6 non-tournament loss the previous day to Carlsbad, which was moved out of the Avocado League during the most recent realignment. “The boys stepped it up this time,” Lamont said.

The first-round loss placed Fallbrook in the consolation bracket and assured them of no better than 17th in the tournament, but the Warriors would win three of their remaining four matches to finish 21st.

Fallbrook’s other September 26 game, also at Poway High School, was a 10-4 win over Rancho Bernardo.

In the first of the three September 27 games, Fallbrook led Santana at halftime before the Sultans came back for a 12-10 victory. “It was a pretty tight game,” Lamont said.

Fallbrook then prevailed 12-9 over Santa Fe Christian. The Warriors’ final match of the tournament was against Torrey Pines, which has been realigned into the Avocado League. “That was a big win for us,” Lamont said.

Fallbrook led the Falcons 4-3 at halftime and had a 7-5 lead after three periods. “Our defense looked real strong in the first three quarters,” Lamont said.

During the game Fallbrook goalie Ryan Helling made 14 saves against Torrey Pines shots.

The Falcons tied the game at nine goals apiece with 3:56 left in regulation. “They had a nice comeback,” Lamont said.

The next goal was scored by Fallbrook’s Jacob Pril 2:03 into the sudden death overtime to give the Warriors the 10-9 victory. The win also gave Fallbrook an 8-5 overall season record following the tournament.

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