“The path wasn’t necessarily the smoothest, but when the dust settled Saturday night, Nov. 11, at La Jolla High School’s Coggan Family Aquatic Complex, it was Cathedral Catholic holding up the trophy as CIF Boys Open Division Water Polo champions following a thrilling, 11-10, overtime decision over defending champion The Bishop’s School.
It was the Dons’ third victory in four match-ups with the Knights this fall and returned them to the top of the section podium for the second time in three years. The triumph improved their overall ledger to 20-10 while Bishop’s is now 15-15. Fifth-year Cathedral Head Coach Tommy Corcoran said the most important element for his team in the title game was just staying true to who they were.
“Defense was a big time factor, we got clutch goals when we needed them but the real key was just playing ‘Dons’ polo,’ “ said Corcoran after taking a plunge in the pool after the final buzzer. “We certainly had some strategies specific to Bishop’s, but I tell them ‘you worry about you’—you’ve done this consistently all year.
“This is a phenomenal team with phenomenal heart and spirit and a group of senior leaders who have carried us throughout the season.”
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