Freshman Brian Mahan scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as Northeast’s boys defeated defending district champion Westminster Academy 9-8 in the District 9 water polo final.
With Northeast (7-5) holding onto a 6-4 lead to begin the fourth quarter, Westminster Academy (8-13) scored three consecutive goals to take a 7-6 lead.
Senior Taylor Stewart led Northeast in the final minutes as he followed with two consecutive goals to give the Hurricanes an 8-7 lead.
Then the Lions tied it at eight with 1:01 remaining on a goal by Will Scasserra.
The Hurricanes relied on two freshmen in the fourth quarter after two starters were disqualified from the match.
“I wasn’t sure that I was going to put them in,” Northeast coach Loren Price said. “It worked out. They played their positions.”
Northeast worked the ball around the goal and Mahan snuck in a shot on the right post to give the Hurricanes the deciding goal.
“I really didn’t think I was going to get the ball,” Mahan said. “I threw it and apparently it curved and went in the goal.”
The win secured the Hurricanes’ first district title since the 2009 season.
“We have been working for this for the past four years. It’s a great feeling,” Stewart said.
In the girls’ final, senior Caroline Israels led the Lions with 12 goals, three assists and three steals as Westminster Academy defeated Douglas 21-5.
Koral LaStella scored five goals and Naomi Sanders added two for the Lions.
Israels scored seven in the first quarter. For the remainder of the match, Israels focused on other elements of the game to lead the Lions to the win.
“She has been trying to get the other girls their stats,” Lions coach Denise Israels said. “She has been more of a defensive specialist helping our goalie.”
The win secured the Lions fifth consecutive district title.
“We are using these games to prepare for states,” Israels said. “Our goal is to win states.”
TRACK & FIELD
Douglas and Coral Springs were tied for first with 155.50 points going into to the final event, the 1600 relay, in the District 10-4A championship.
In the end it was home team, Coral Springs, that came away with a come-from-behind win as Springs’ Oderline Excellent came from about 30 meters behind on the third leg to take the lead on the final curve, giving the Colts a huge lead going into the final leg. They held on to win the race as Delray Atlantic passed Douglas on the anchor leg to finish second. Coral Springs finished with 165.50 points while Douglas finished in second with 161.50.
Douglas freshman Gillian Morrison won the high jump (5-4), 100 hurdles (15.70) and 300 hurdles (47.23). Senior Lauren Chabarek won the triple jump (33-4) and pole vault (10-0). She also finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles.
The boys’ 1600 relay was just as exciting as the girls as Jevon Jackson came from 15 meters back on the anchor leg to win the relay for Douglas. Jackson also won the 400m. The Eagles ran away with the district championship, outscoring second place Coral Springs 162 to 128.
Douglas’ Trevor Butts qualified for the regional meet in two events, having won the 110 hurdles and finishing second in the 300 hurdles. The top four finishers in each event will advance to the Region 3-4A meet next Thursday at Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer.