Story and Photos By Jon Peacock
In the water polo regular season, Golden West defeated the Vikings four out of the five times the two teams played, but in the State championships on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Pasadena City College, the Vikes found a way to win.
LBCC beat Golden West 12-11 after a late overtime goal from Viking freshman Teo Dadic with 25 seconds left.
Golden West was able to get off six shots in the overtime period while LBCC’s lone shot attempt was the Dadic goal.
The Viking championship is LBCC’s 10th in history and second in the past two seasons. This was also the third straight year LBCC and Golden West have played in the State championship.
The Vikings first defeated Diablo Valley College 17 to 9 in the championship semifinals advancing them to the State Championship.
On Saturday Viking supporters filled stands to show their support. Members from the women’s water polo team showed up to cheer on their Vikings.
Against Golden West, the Vikings, jumped ahead, 6-2 after the first quarter. Golden West was able to bring the score back within a point though at the half leaving the Vikings with a 7-6 lead.
At the end of the third Golden West outscored the Vikings 3-1, and took a 9-8 lead.
In the fourth the Vikings regained the lead 11 to 10, until Golden West scored with 36 seconds left in the fourth forcing the game into overtime.
Shortly after the game was over Coach David Kasa was thrown into the pool, as is tradition.
The Vikings top scorers included Dadic with four goals, freshman attacker Marton Gorbics with three goals, sophomore attacker Conor Shuey with two goals, and freshman attacker Giorgio La Rosa with two goals.
Freshman goalie Nick Wood had a total of eight saves in the championship match.
Kasa was named coach of the year, and La Rosa was named MVP of the tournament.