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Win over Falcons gives Warriors 3-0 league water polo record

A 12-9 win over Torrey Pines High School at UCSD January 19 gave Fallbrook High School’s girls water polo team a 3-0 Avocado League record along with a 10-2 overall mark.

“We’ve been doing pretty well,” said Fallbrook coach Bob Lamont.

The Warriors opened January with an 8-1 win over Patrick Henry January 7 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center pool. Demi Barrett led the Warriors with three goals; Sarah Bushnell obtained five steals and also won four consecutive sprints, and the only goal Alex Rodriguez allowed was during a third-period power play. “It was a pretty solid win for us,” Lamont said.

Fallbrook opened Avocado League play at home January 12 against San Pasqual and won by an 18-2 margin. Barrett led the Warriors with six goals against San Pasqual while Bushnell added five goals. Lisa Walker and Cassie Dowden had three assists apiece. “That was very encouraging for us to start seeing our playmaking solidify a little bit,” Lamont said.

Fallbrook continued its success in a January 14 home match against Escondido, which produced an 18-7 victory. Bushnell had eight goals, ten steals, and two assists against the Cougars while Hunter Bowman had seven steals and two assists.

Rodriguez was at a vocational camp, so sophomore Jennifer Chavez made her first varsity start against Escondido and recorded her first varsity win. Chavez made six saves during the game, and Lamont also commended her for controlling the game’s tempo. “That was a real pleasant surprise that she could fill in,” Lamont said. “It was nice to see that we had that depth come out of the talent pool.”

Rodriguez had eight saves against Torrey Pines. “She was instrumental in the counterattack for us in terms of outlet passing,” Lamont said.

Torrey Pines’ players include Anique Hermann, who was the 2008-09 Avocado League player of the year. Hermann was held to four goals against the Warriors. “We played a very good team defense,” Lamont said.

Walker was the Fallbrook player primarily responsible for stopping Hermann, and her defensive statistics included three shot blocks.

Torrey Pines twice led by two goals and had a 9-8 lead before Fallbrook tied the game with 4:21 left in the fourth quarter. The Warriors then scored three more goals for the margin of victory. “It was a very good game for us,” Lamont said.

Jackie Verdon scored five goals for the Warriors against Torrey Pines. Barrett added three goals, Dowden placed two balls into the net, and Walker and Bushnell had a goal apiece. “A very solid effort from our starters,” Lamont said.

Bushnell also had four steals against the Falcons.

“The ladies are doing good,” Lamont said. “We’re off and running.”

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