Fallbrook High School’s boys’ water polo team won three matches in the San Diego Open before losing their final two games in the October 19-24 tournament.
“It was a good experience, mostly,” said Fallbrook coach Bob Lamont. “We finished in the top eight and that’s kind of good.”
The Warriors began play in the San Diego Open tournament with two October 19 games at Grossmont High School.
Fallbrook took a 17-3 win over Oceanside and a 15-6 victory over Patrick Henry. “Those were solid wins,” Lamont said.
Jacob Pril scored 10 goals in each of the October 19 games.
In addition to the week’s five tournament games, Fallbrook also hosted Mission Hills in an Avocado League match October 20.
The Warriors defeated the Grizzlies by an 18-1 score, which gave Fallbrook a 6-0 record in league competition.
The win also gave the Warriors a sweep in the first round of league play; Fallbrook had moved up a game against San Pasqual to accommodate the Golden Eagles’ participation in a tournament and defeated San Pasqual twice.
The Mission Hills score gave Fallbrook 102 goals scored for those six games against 46 goals allowed, including a 15-13 road win against Torrey Pines and a 19-11 road victory over La Costa Canyon.
The Warriors returned to tournament play October 23 at Santana High School, beginning the day with a 12-11 overtime victory over Santa Fe Christian.
“Probably played our best game in the tournament,” Lamont said. “We had to come from behind.”
The Eagles had a 6-5 halftime lead before regulation ended with the score tied at 11 goals apiece.
“Probably our best third quarter of the year,” Lamont said.
In the overtime period Pril took possession of the ball in front of the goal and was successful on his shot. “That was kind of a nice win for us,” Lamont said.
Kevin Reichel scored five goals against Santa Fe Christian.
“They double-teamed Jacob Pril throughout the night,” Lamont said. “That kind of opened Kevin up.”
Fallbrook concluded its October 23 play with a 19-9 loss to Rancho Buena Vista.
“Their goalie had a phenomenal night and we couldn’t find the back of the cage,” Lamont said.
Fallbrook traveled to Bishop’s for an October 24 game which turned out to be a 13-11 loss to Santa Margarita.
“We played a very tough physical Santa Margarita team and we hung with them,” Lamont said.
Pril scored 39 goals in the five tournament games and was named to the all-tournament first team.
Reichel led the team with 25 steals and added nine goals. Alec Carpenter, Kort Heyneman, and Zack Meyer had four goals apiece.
“Luke Jones and Preston Beye were solid defensive standouts during the tournament,” Lamont said. “Our goalies, Bill Shuster and Connor Harrison, helped anchor the defense to the wins that we did get.”
Fallbrook concluded the tournament with an 18-7 overall season record.
The Warriors host Torrey Pines today and will honor the team’s seniors prior to Fallbrook’s final regular-season home game November 3 against La Costa Canyon.