Happy New Year! And a happy one it is as Coach Reichardt has been honored with the California Coaches Association - Water Polo Coach of the Year Award. Click here for more information on the award in the LA Times article. Congratulations to Coach Reichardt and the entire coaching staff for a Championship Year!
Here's a recap of the successful 2013 Boys Water season.
Video Footage of the Road to a Championship!
Courtesy of Annika Gilboy
Champions (Undefeated 8-0)
Coach of the Year (First Annual): Jon Reichardt
MVPs: Drew Rogerson and Austin Norris
1st Team: Corey Erickson, Andrew Todd, Gabe Smith,
2nd Team: Andrew Burdiak, Ed Jeon, Nick Dale
All Area Team
Coach of the Year: Jon Reichardt
Co-Players of Year- Austin Norris, Drew Rogerson
1st: Corey Erickson
Second Team: Nick Dale, Ed Jeon, Andrew Todd, Gabe Smith
Honorable Mention- Andrew Burdiak
CIF Southern Section Div IIII
Coach of the Year, Div 3: Jon Reichardt
Co Player of the Year- Austin Norris
1st Team: Ed Jeon, Drew Rogerson, Andrew Todd
2nd Team: Corey Erickson, Nick Dale
3rd Team: Gabe Smith
Mustangs Win CIF Championship!
The #1 ranked CIF-Southern Section DIII Mira Costa Boys Water Polo team had to face #2 ranked Santiago for a third time this season to capture the CIF Championship, and the third time was a charm as the Mustang's won 6-5 in a thriller at the William Wollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine on Saturday, November 23!
Corey Erikson broke a 5-5 tie with 2:40 remaining in the fourth period and the Mustang defense held strong the rest of the way, with the help of goalie Nick "Wingspan" Dale, to capture their fourth CIF-Southern Section Championship and first since 2006. It was their fourth championship in six CIF championship appearances.
Corey Erickson, Drew Rogerson and Andrew Todd had two goals each for the Mustangs. After the midway point in the 1st period, the Mustangs locked down on defense and Nick Dale made 11 saves. Costa totaled 20 steals in the game, including five each from Austin Norris and Andrew Todd. Ed Jeon and Drew Rogerson had three steals each. Santiago was just 1 for 7 on 6-on-5 situations.
The Mustangs finished the season with a 27-6 overall record and the tough competition throughout the season paid off as they continued to improve down the stretch and played their best water polo in the CIF Tournament.
Mira Costa defeated Corona 17-7, South Pasadena 8-3 and ML King 15-10 on its way to the title game.