Diablo Foothill Athletic League teams could do no wrong at the North Coast Section water polo championships.
Three of the four championship matches held Nov. 13 at the Soda Aquatic Center in Moraga were all-DFAL affairs with two teams, the Acalanes and Las Lomas boys, winning their program's first-ever NCS crown.
Campolindo's girls team won its second NCS title -- its first since 2000 and first under coach Kim Everist -- by beating Acalanes 8-5. Monte Vista won its fifth consecutive girls title, topping San Ramon Valley 13-3 in the Divsion I game.
In all, five of the DFAL's six schools with water polo programs were represented in the championship games.
The No. 1 seeded Acalanes boys won the most thrilling match of the day, beating big-time rival No. 2 Miramonte 9-8 in the Division I game. Acalanes' narrow win snapped the Matadors' streak of five consecutive NCS titles.
"They shot the ball really well," Miramonte coach James Lathrop said of the Dons. "In both of our games with them, they've shot the ball outstanding."
Joe Dietrich paced Acalanes with three goals, including a 6-on-5 score that gave the Dons an 8-3 lead in the third quarter. Joey Fabian had three goals for Miramonte.
Las Lomas was in a close game with an upstart Alhambra team in the Division II boys game, before Ryan Sevilla got hot in the third period and helped the Knights to a 13-8 win.
"The guys worked really hard all year," said Las Lomas
Bryan Snyder was Las Lomas' leading scorer with six goals, while Sevilla added five.
In another game that was close at halftime before a third-period run proved decisive was the Division II girls game won by No. 2 Campolindo over Acalanes 8-5. Both defenses were physical and the match was tied 2-2 at the half.
In the third quarter, Cougars junior Kimi Klein scored three goals in just over four minutes and her final score of the period gave her team a 5-4 lead that they never gave up. Klein finished with five goals and junior goalie Gracie Fowler had eight saves to pace the Cougars' defense.
"Here's the thing with Kimi, she's a gamer," said Campolindo coach Kim Everist. "She's a driven winner and when she wants something she puts her mind to it."
The No. 4 seeded Acalanes girls reached the title game by upsetting No. 1 Las Lomas 6-2 in the semifinals. Molly Quinn and Adrienne Burgin had two goals in that match.