By John Sherrard, Correspondent
WHITTIER – The Whittier and La Serna boys water polo teams squared off in the Del Rio League season finale Tuesday with a championship at stake.
La Serna, ranked second in CIF-Southern Section Division 5, easily defeated host Whittier, 13-5, to take home its seventh consecutive league title. Leading the way for the Lancers was senior 2-meter driver Mitchel Embrey with a game-high four goals.
“I knew that (Whittier coach Rilesh Desai) would have these guys ready for this game for awhile,” La Serna first-year coach Jim Armstrong said. “We knew they were going to come out breathing fire especially in front of their crowd. They did and we were ready for it.”
Whittier (12-14, 4-1) and La Serna (21-6, 5-0) traded shots early as both goalies, junior Ben Gorncharenko of the Lancers and junior Levi Meza of the Cardinals, stopped point-blank shots and the Whittier defense kept the game close.