Los Alamitos senior David McCabe was a defensive hero Tuesday night against Mater Dei.

No. 1 Los Alamitos knocks off No. 3 Mater Dei in OT (video)

No. 1 Los Alamitos knocks off No. 3 Mater Dei in OT (video)
The Griffins' boys water polo team remains unbeaten.

Los Alamitos' boys water polo team was in a desperate situation.

“We had to do something,” said senior David McCabe. “Basic defense probably wouldn't have done the trick.”

The top-ranked Griffins picked a gadget defensive play for the closing seconds of the fourth period against No. 3 Mater Dei. It helped them force overtime and post a 5-4 victory Tuesday night at the Joint Forces Training Base.

Two-way 2-meter man Forrest Watkins netted the only goal of overtime, scoring with 1:36 left in the first extra frame on a man-advantage chance he created.

But it was the gadget play and a steal by McCabe with 13 seconds left that had Los Alamitos buzzing afterward.

The Griffins trailed, 4-3, when Mater Dei came up with a steal by Nick Leonard and called time out with 23 seconds left.

Los Alamitos (4-0) responded by pulling its outstanding goalie Michael Delaney and inserting Watkins in goal. The move allowed Watkins, a senior, to guard the cage or 2 meters as the Griffins looked to press Mater Dei and not foul.

Los Alamitos coach Dave Carlson said his squad also wanted to double-team the ball but that never quite happened. Before the double team arrived, McCabe stole the ball near mid-pool and passed on a breakaway to Ryan Summers, who was in the area for the double team.

Summers scored with nine seconds left, tying the score, 4-4.

“The momentum shifted big-time,” Carlson said of the play.

Mater Dei (6-2) did have four shots on Delaney in the second extra period but the Monarchs finished by going scoreless for the final 7:21.

Carlson praised his team for its resiliency because “we were having a tough time on offense tonight.”

Both goalies played well. Delaney had 14 saves. Mater Dei's Colin Carroll countered with 13.

“We got that No. 1 (ranking in the county) and we've got to keep it,” McCabe said.

In another nonleague match:

No. 2 El Toro 15, No. 8 Servite 13:Tommy O'Connell had 19 saves and Nick Rascon added seven goals for the host Chargers (2-0), who played without Griffin White (sick).

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