It was a tall task for the Islanders Men’s Water Polo team this past week. As one of the 8 teams selected to be in the CIF Open Division Water Polo Playoffs, the Islanders drew the No.2 overall seed in the Dons of Cathedral Catholic. A team the Islanders were very familiar with, as they played them three times previously this season, all losses.
However, all losses had been close with the Dons just edging the Islanders out in each contest. So there was reason to believe that the Islanders could go in and pull off the upset.
Unfortunately for the Islanders that theme of coming up just short would hold true. As yet again as they fell to the Dons by the score of 9-16.
Coronado got strong efforts from a multitude of players. Jack Hilinski and Max Ramey did a great job of finding and creating shots on offense for the Islanders to keep things close for Islanders. On the other side of the pool Thatcher Lytel, Max Diaz, Blake Bergener all did a solid job of keeping the Dons offense at bay by playing air-tight defense and closing on Dons when they rose up for a shot. In goal, Sebastian Palomera did his part of trying to deny as many Dons’ shots as he could as he had a number of saves from up close.
Ultimately the Dons just proved to be too much for the Islanders despite their best efforts against one of the most skilled and talented teams in not only San Diego county, but the nation as well.
But it was an effort the Islanders should hold their heads high over, in enemy territory they went punch for punch with a team that looks poised to make waves all through the CIF Open playoffs.