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JSerra boys water polo blitzes Newport Harbor in second half to claim CIF-SS Open Division title

JSerra celebrates their victory over Newport Harbor in the championship...

JSerra celebrates their victory over Newport Harbor in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Milan Sumich, left, of JSerra scores on a shot on...

Milan Sumich, left, of JSerra scores on a shot on goal past goalie Luke Harris of Newport Harbor in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Mason Netzer, left, of Newport Harbor looks to take a...

Mason Netzer, left, of Newport Harbor looks to take a shot on goal past Taylor Bell of JSerra in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Newport Harbor team holds their runner-up plaque after losing...

The Newport Harbor team holds their runner-up plaque after losing to JSerra in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Bode Brinkema, left, of JSerra scores on shot on goal...

Bode Brinkema, left, of JSerra scores on shot on goal against Newport Harbor in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Taylor Bell of JSerra celebrates his goal goal against Newport...

Taylor Bell of JSerra celebrates his goal goal against Newport Harbor in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Goalie Jonas Ransford of JSerra blocks a Newport Harbor shot...

Goalie Jonas Ransford of JSerra blocks a Newport Harbor shot on goal in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Connor Ohl, left, of Newport Harbor scores on a shot...

Connor Ohl, left, of Newport Harbor scores on a shot on goal past Alex Nguyen, right, of JSerra in the championship game of the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 11, 2023. JSerra won the match 16-10. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

WALNUT — JSerra’s boys water polo team completed its year-long quest for the CIF-SS Open Division title by following its star past the rival that fueled a drive toward perfection.

Ryder Rodd indeed shined brightly under the lights at Mt. SAC’s spectacular, new aquatics stadium on Saturday night.

The U.S. national team attacker sparked a seven-goal outburst in the third period as the top-seeded Lions raced past two-time defending champion Newport Harbor 16-10 for their first Open title.

Dodd, fresh off helping Team USA qualify for the Paris Olympics by winning gold at the Pan American Games, netted three of his five goals in the third and also drew a penalty and had an assist in the frame.

JSerra (27-0) went into halftime trailing No. 2 seed Newport Harbor 7-6 but took a 13-9 lead into the fourth.

“He’s an unbelievable player,” JSerra coach and former Olympian Brett Ormsby said of Dodd, who finished with four assists and drew two exclusions. “He is the hardest worker I’ve ever coached and for as good of a player as he is, he’s an even better kid. And when you have someone like that leading you, you’re going to go good places.”

“And that’s not to take away from the rest of the group, which also is unreal,” Ormsby added. “But yeah, (Dodd) was a phenomenal leader.”

Dodd excelled in the third playing with his teammates.

After Dodd won the second-half sprint, he quickly tied the score 7-7 on a power-play goal following Taylor Bell earning an exclusion. Will Schneider recorded the assist.

Dodd then netted a go-ahead perimeter strike with 4:26 left but only after sophomore goalie Jonas Ransford blocked a penalty shot by Peter Castillo. It was JSerra’s first lead at 8-7.

Newport Harbor’s Connor Ohl responded with a goal to tie the score but Dodd took over.

He fed Tyler Anderson at center for a goal and drew a penalty that Bode Brinkema converted. Brinkema, a USC commit along with Dodd, netted three of his five goals in the third and finished with two steals and an assist.

Newport Harbor called timeout but the Lions couldn’t be slowed as they outscored Newport Harbor 7-2 in the period to take control.

Dodd scored on another outside strike for his fifth goal.

Bell then threaded a diagonal pass to Brinkema for a well-executed extra-man strike coming out of a timeout. And Maddox Arlett capped the surge with a steal that led to a counterattack goal by Brinkema.

Last season, Newport Harbor (26-4) edged JSerra 10-9 in the final.

“We really proved something today,” Dodd said the title. “We put so much work in for the past year. Looking back to last season, I think this is a great way to end it. We played amazing. Our team prevailed. … Our team came together (in the third).”

JSerra converted both of its power-play chances in the third en route to 4 for 7 effort. Newport Harbor finished 3 for 7 with the extra attacker.

Ohl scored four goals to pace the Sailors, who led by two goals four times in the first half.

JSerra also used a big second half to beat Newport Harbor 15-9 last month in the finals of the North-South Challenge. The Lions outscored the Sailors 8-3 in the third and fourth periods.

On Saturday, JSerra won the second half 10-3, a burst that followed a buzzer-beat to end the first half by Milan Sumich,

The assist on that play? It was Dodd, signaling things to come.

The teams could face off next weekend at Mt. SAC for the CIF SoCal Regional title. JSerra beat Newport in the finals last season.

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