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Lamont pleased with boys water polo depth for new season

What Fallbrook High School varsity boys water polo coach Bob Lamont does not have this year is Jacob Pril, last year’s Avocado League player of the year who set CIF single-season and career goals scored records in his senior season, nor does Lamont have any of the other seven seniors from the 2009 team. What Lamont does have is a roster of 14 players on the varsity squad and a total of 41 players on the varsity, junior varsity, and novice teams.

“I have a stronger bench this year,” Lamont said. “I have a luxury this year that I’ve never had in the past.”

Pril, who is now at Concordia University, was one of five senior starters on Fallbrook’s 2009 team which compiled a 10-0 Avocado League record and a 23-8 overall record including a first-round playoff win and a quarterfinal playoff loss. Four of those seniors earned all-league honors with Kevin Reichel joining Pril on the Avocado League’s first team.

“We’ve got some new players at key positions,” Lamont said.

The Warriors have four returning varsity players at starting positions. Two of those, seniors Kort Heyneman and Alec Carpenter, were all-league players for 2009. Heyneman, who will take over the duties at the set position, ended the 2009 season with 73 steals, 33 goals, and 30 assists. Carpenter, who will be a driver, had 63 steals, 39 goals, and 11 assists. Heyneman and Carpenter both spent most of 2008 on Fallbrook’s junior varsity team. They both saw varsity action as sophomores and playing their junior year on the varsity squad.

Driver Mike Maryn and two-meter defensive specialist Zack Meyer were substitutes on the varsity last year and will see more playing time in 2010. Sam Rice, who was on the junior varsity team last year, will be the team’s starting wing, and 2009 JV player Tyler Vanderstedt will start on the varsity at the perimeter position.

Last year Drew Ferguson was a field player on the junior varsity squad, but during the summer he played the goalkeeper position for Tribe Water Polo and will be the varsity’s starting goalie in 2010. “He played through the summer and developed into our best goalkeeper,” said Lamont, who also coaches Tribe Water Polo.

Lamont noted that the Tribe Water polo experience allowed many of his varsity players the familiarity of playing with each other. Another Tribe goalie, Ben Matthews, will be the varsity backup goalkeeper. The presence of two goalkeepers and 14 varsity players allows for full seven-on-seven competition during practice if no players are absent.

Although Dane Oppenborn, Adam McGrath, and Garrett McGurk are substitutes, they will see considerable action as Lamont feels that those three players allow him to rest his starters without a considerable talent loss. “This could be a challenge for me to keep all these guys in the mix,” Lamont said. “It’s a good problem to have.”

The players began practice August 16. “They’re coming along,” Lamont said.

The varsity will follow two road scrimmages by opening its regular season Sept. 8-10 at the Poway Invitational tournament.

That weekend junior varsity coach Ken Brower, who is in his 41st season with Fallbrook High School aquatics, will take freshman and sophomores to Temecula for the Great Oak Wolf Cup freshman and sophomore tournament.

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