BURROUGHS HIGH — Most of the girls' water polo players from Burroughs High and Burbank were well aware of the dominance the Bulldogs have had in their rivalry in recent years.
Heading into Tuesday's Pacific League opener for both teams, the Indians hadn't defeated their cross-town counterparts in a decade.
However, motivated by an early lead and sparked by a defense that held Burbank in check for most of the contest, the Indians were able erase 10 years of futility with a resounding 20-5 victory against the Bulldogs at Burroughs.
The match was scheduled to take place at Burbank, but a broken boiler at the Bulldogs' pool prompted the move to Burroughs.
The Indians (13-2) definitely made the most of their opportunity in front of their home crowd.
"Being a senior, I had never beaten Burbank, and they have really killed us the past few years," said Burroughs senior Sam Buliavac, who had five goals. "We knew it had been a long time since we've been able to beat them and we seniors didn't want to lose to them our final season. …We were going to come out with a win no matter what."