The Oceanside boys water polo swam into the deep end of the CIF Division 3 playoffs, advancing to the semifinals for the first time in school history.
The Pirates lost to No. 1 seed Francis Parker 10-8 in a thrilling, tight match Monday night at the Coggan Family Aquatics Complex on the campus of La Jolla High School. Cody Lovgren and Jack Grodsky each had three goals, while Cole Wagner added two for OHS, which finished the season with a 13-16 record. Tanner Armstrong had three assists and Goalie Bo DuBois made 13 saves and added an assist.
:”Overall, the boys played very well. They stayed positive, encouraged each other, and played as a team the entire game,” said first-year coach Kelsie Emerick. ” The JV boys that traveled with us fed the energy from the team bench, celebrating every success and encouraging their teammates. A very cool moment and game for not only the players and myself, but for our program, and OHS in general.
No. 4-seeded Oceanside, which had a bye in the first round, advanced to the quartefinals agianst Hilltop. Tied 3-3 at halftime, the Pirates used a stifling defense and an opportunistic offense to squeak out a hard-fought 6-5 victory that easily was one of the biggest in school history.
“The game we played last night (against Hilltop) was, by far, the best game I have seen them play all season,” Emerick said.
Wagner and Grodsky accounted for all of the scoring with 3 goals apiece. Wagner keyed the defense with 8 steals. Grodsky and Lovgren both had three steals. DuBois was steller in goal with 20 saves.