The Campolindo High boys water polo team claimed its first North Coast Section title in school history, defeating two-time defending champion Miramonte 11-10 in the Division I final on a last-minute goal by Dylan Fara.

With time winding down on a 6-on-5 opportunity and 26 seconds left on the game clock, Fara side-armed a shot into the back of the net to give the Cougars (22-6) their first lead since the second quarter.

"We called a timeout and set up a play to try to get an open shot," Fara said of his game-winner. "I was just the one that got to shoot it. Just sat there, looked for an open shot and put it away."

Miramonte got off two more shots in the closing seconds, but goalie Spencer Tagg stopped one of them and the other went wide. Campolindo soon began celebrating by tossing coach Miles Price into the pool.

The Cougars' championship win came Nov. 16 at Acalanes High.

Fara, one of just three seniors on the team, finished with four goals in beating the rival Matadors (19-9) for the first time in his career.

Miramonte, which got six goals from junior Jordan Hoover, has played in the last nine NCS championship games, winning seven of them.

The Matadors claimed the last two championships with late goals, but had the tables turned on them this year. Miramonte led 7-6 at halftime and held a 10-9 lead when Clay Smudsky hit an outside shot with 2:54 left.


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But the Cougars tied the score on a Garrett Felix goal with 1:16 remaining and got a couple big stops from Tagg in the final minutes.

Senior Grant Sivesind finished with two goals, both on 5-meter penalty shots that he also drew.

It was the first time since 2007 that the Campolindo boys had made an NCS final.

Girls

Campolindo 19, Miramonte 6: Annika Jensen and Natalie Seidemann completed stellar high school careers by combining for 13 goals in their NCS Division II championship win over the Matadors (22-7).

Behind Jensen and Seidemann, both starters since their freshman seasons, the Cougars (24-3) earned their third section title in the last four years.

"I feel like this (title) is a little more special because I'm a senior and I'm leaving a legacy," said Jensen, who signed with USC earlier this week.

Miramonte (20-7) led 3-2 in the first quarter before Campolindo erupted for 11 consecutive goals. Seidemann, who's bound for UC Irvine, buried a pair of shots from two meters and hit another from outside to put the Cougars up 6-3 in the second quarter.

Then Jensen caught fire. She began her scoring surge with a counterattack goal before finding her groove on the perimeter. Four of her seven goals came in the second quarter, helping Campolindo take a 11-3 lead at half.

Kristen Hong finally ended Miramonte's long scoring drought in the third quarter, but the Cougars were well in control by that point.

Brooke Presten added three goals for the Cougars, and the Matadors' were led by Lauren Paxton's two scores.

Campo's only losses this season came against Division I champion San Ramon Valley. They beat Miramonte four times.

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