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BOYS' WATER POLO: LA CANADA BEATS FLU, H.-W. SCOTT NETS THREE GOALS FOR UNBEATEN SPARTANS.

Byline: HEATHER GRIPP

Staff Writer

The flu has been making its way around the La Canada boys' water polo team the past few weeks, leaving the Spartans to wonder what they'll be like if they ever get to play a game at full strength.

There should be plenty for La Canada to look forward to. Even at less than their best, the Spartans are confirming their status as one of Southern California's top teams.

After defeating defending Southern Section Div. III champion Montebello in last week's season opener, LaCanada beat the No. 7 team in Div. I on Tuesday, defeating host Harvard-Westlake of Studio City 8-5 in a nonleague contest.

The Spartans (2-0), ranked No. 1 in Div. III, led throughout and pulled away with two goals in the closing minutes.

Max Scott scored a game-high threegoals, with Spencer Borisoff and Mike Scott each adding two goals for a La Canada lineup that had significant holes to fill from the version of the team that reached the Southern Section finals the past two years.

"It's early and we've been sick," LaCanada coach Larry Naeve said. "So I don't think we've really seen what we can do yet. But it is a good start."

Mike Scott was one of the sickly ones Tuesday, but that didn't prevent him from helping the Spartans to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. He pounded a back-door shot off the water and past Harvard-Westlake goalkeeper Max Lubin for the game's first goal with 2:28 remaining in the opening period. He added another goal with 1:22 left in the quarter.

"Mike was pretty sick today," Naeve said of the senior. "He shouldn't have even played. I tried to take him out and he kept saying 'put me back in."'

Billy Evashwick put Harvard-Westlake on the board with 21 seconds left in the first quarter. He led the Wolverines (0-2) with two goals, including a penalty shot that cut La Canada's lead to one in the third quarter. Max Eliot, Maxx Bricklin and Ian Fisher contributed one goal each for Harvard-Westlake, which trailed by one with five minutes remaining but did not score again.

Up next for La Canada is the Newport Harbor tournament, where the Spartans open Thursday against San Marcos, a top-10 team in Div. II. A victory would set up a probable matchup with El Toro, the No. 1 team in Div. I.

"It doesn't let up much," Naeve said of the schedule." But these kids have been working so hard. They love this game."

heather.gripp@dailynews.com

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Date:Sep 19, 2007
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