The summer sports season is officially over, but not before local club teams enjoyed a measure of success. One of those squads was the NorCal Water Polo Club, which capped its most successful summer ever by defending its title in the 18-under girls' division at the 42nd annual Hawaiian Invitational recently in Oahu.
NorCal captured the coveted Koa Bowl with an 8-3 victory over Agoura in the title match. NorCal opened with three convincing victories -- 16-0 over Iolani, 15-3 against SoCal/East and 11-3 over Hawaiian Islands.
In the semifinals, NorCal extended its winning streak with a 7-4 triumph over Newport. That set up the championship win over Agoura. Hathaway Moore was NorCal's leading scorer and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
The team included Emily Dorst, Becca Dorst and Brittany Krappe from Menlo-Atherton, Audrey Pratt (Burlingame), Jenn Talbott, Erin Glenn and Moore (St. Francis), Caitlin "KK" Sandlin (Los Altos), Sarah Westcott and Emily Parsons (Sacred Heart Prep) and Barbara Peterson from Castilleja. The team was coached by Chris Dorst, an All-American goalie at Stanford during his college days.
Before NorCal won in Hawaii, it finished fourth at the Junior Olympics in Los Angeles.
NorCal also had a squad participate in the Open Women's division, making it to the championship match before dropping an 8-2 decision to Bruin (comprised of UCLA players).
NorCal opened with a 10-6 win over Sunset (San Diego) and a 7-6 triumph over Agoura. NorCal won its bracket with a 9-5 win over Hunter (Australia) and a 9-2 win over Anuenue. In the semifinals, NorCal defeated an Australian all-star team before finally losing to Bruin.
The NorCal Open squad featured Lindsay Dorst (Sacred Heart Prep/Cal), Adriana Vogt (SHP/San Jose State), Elizabeth "ZZ" Clark (SHP/UC Santa Barbara), Christie Clark (SHP/UCSB), Morgan Leech (Menlo-Atherton/Arizona State), Hannah Breen (Menlo-Atherton/UC Davis), in addition to Becca Dorst, Pratt, Talbott, Moore, Glenn, Sandlin, Westcott, Parsons and Peterson.
NorCal would have had an additional player, KK Clark. The former Sacred Heart Prep standout, however, plays for UCLA and thus competed for the Bruin team against her family members and former teammates.
"The Bruin team was good," said Chris Dorst, "but for the Hawaiian tournament they added two players -- Heather Petri (two-time Olympian) and Tumua Anae (All-American goalie from USC) to their roster. So, keeping the deficit to six goals was a big accomplishment for us."