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Under-Dogs come up short of upset

Water Polo: Burbank falls behind late against No. 2 seed in Division V quarterfinals.

November 10, 2012|By Grant Gordon,
  • Burbank's Zack Card takes a shot on goal in CIFSS DV quarterfinal match against La Serna.
Burbank's Zack Card takes a shot on goal in CIFSS… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

BURBANK — Down three goals early in the first quarter against second-seeded La Serna High, Burbank’s boys’ water polo team looked like it was on track to get blown out rather than pull off an upset.

But the underdogs rallied right back.

The hopes of an upset carried on through the midway point of the third period, as the Bulldogs were down by just one, but a three-goal La Serna run proved to be the difference in sending the No. 2 seed ahead to the semifinals and Burbank to its season’s conclusion after a 14-10 loss on Saturday morning in the CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinals at Burbank High.

“It was an exciting game, from start to half,” said first-year Burbank Coach Kristina Garcia, whose squad finished at 14-8, which included a second-place Pacific League finish. “The first half was phenomenal. They wanted this win so badly and it showed in the first half.”


The problem was the second half, as La Serna, led by freshman Mitchell Embrey’s match-high seven goals, began to get separation.

“[Burbank] came out very strong, I wasn’t expecting it,” said Embrey, who scored just 11 seconds into the third quarter for a 7-6 lead, which started a stanza that saw the Lancers outscore the Bulldogs, 4-1. “We started to pull away in the third quarter and that’s when we knew we had it.

“Once we started scoring a few goals, you could see they were starting to get down.”

Burbank, which rallied to tie the match at 4 at first quarter’s end and then again at 6 at halftime, was down, 10-7, late in the fourth.

Following a goal by Zack Card, who led Burbank with five goals and four steals, the Bulldogs drew within two goals, but that was as close as the match would get, as the Lancers scored three goals, two from Pembry, to grow their lead to 13-8 — the largest of the game.

“By that time, they had all the momentum,” Card said.

Card was held to two goals in the second half, as Burbank was outscored, 8-4.

Embrey said La Serna (22-7), which will face Pasadena Poly in Wednesday’s semifinal round, made a few small adjustments, including putting Matthew Skings on Card.

“He did a lot better against me,” Card said. “They were just playing a lot stronger.”

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