El Dorado High School plays San Clemente tonight at 5:15 in the 3-A Southern Section water polo final at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Pool.
El Dorado, the defending 3-A champion, is making its third consecutive appearance in the 3-A final.
The Golden Hawks (25-4) have not lost to a 3-A opponent in two seasons. They have lost twice to 4-A finalist Corona del Mar, once to 2-A finalist Costa Mesa and once to 4-A semifinalist Newport Harbor.
El Dorado's Mike Tillman leads the team in scoring, but El Dorado has a balanced offense with Kernit Seaton and Mike Maclear. Freshman Matt Maclear starts in goal for the Golden Hawks.
"Matt is a tremendous athlete," said Tom Milich, El Dorado coach. "He made some mistakes earlier in the season that came from inexperience, but I don't think that's a factor now."