Long Beach College on Saturday ended its season in the same way it started--as the top water polo team in the state--with a 12-7 victory over Golden West in the final of the state community college water polo tournament at Belmont Plaza.
It was the second consecutive championship and fourth overall for Long Beach, which was top-ranked in the preseason state coaches' poll.
Using a strong defense to frustrate Golden West throughout the game, Long Beach shut down Scott Larsen and Craig Douglas. Larsen, who led Golden West with 93 goals this season, didn't score against Long Beach. He picked up two fouls in the first quarter and was taken out of the hole position on offense and defense to protect against getting his third and fourth fouls, which would have resulted in an ejection.
Douglas, who had 73 goals this season, scored just one for Golden West (25-2). Arn Van Dyke was the top scorer for the Rustlers with two goals.