Goalie Matthew Demboski made 13 save, and San Marcos pulled ahead of host Newbury Park in the fourth period and came away with an 11-9 boys water polo victory on Tuesday.
After being tied after the second and third periods, the Royals opened up a three-goal lead with 1:34 left in the fourth. Newbury Park scored with 52 seconds left, but San Marcos ran out the clock to take the win.
San Marcos coach Peera Sukavivatanchai praised the defense of Charlie Franzen. “He kept Newbury Park’s best player Toby Chow down to two goals in total,” said the coach.
“Going into this game, we had a defensive plan and executed it well. It took us a few possessions and cost us a few goals, but I’m proud of our ability to bounce back in those tough moments.”
Luke Burns and freshman Jake Magid scored big goals in the fourth period and freshman AJ Scarborough converted on a power play to put the Royals ahead by three.
Nic Prentice led the Royals with four goals.
San Marcos hosts Rio Mesa in a Channel League game on Thursday.