El Toro High School goalie Eric Terwilliger didn't bring the glittering credentials of his Harvard counterpart, Larry Bercutt, into Saturday's Southern Section 3-A water polo semifinal game. But Terwilliger ended up outplaying the 1988 All-American and 2-A Player of the Year.
Terwilliger allowed two goals while Bercutt surrendered 10 as the top-seeded Chargers routed the fourth-seeded Saracens, 13-3, at Santa Monica High. The victory puts the defending 3-A champions into Wednesday's title game against Capistrano Valley, a 7-6 winner over Marina.
"Eric is consistently the finest goalie in our area," El Toro Coach Don Stoll said. "He does it game after game."
Terwilliger gave the credit to his defense.
"Our defense didn't allow too many shots, and the ones they did (allow) weren't quality shots," Terwilliger said.
It was a different story at the other end of the pool. The Chargers (25-5) scored on their first three shots and built a 6-0 lead before Hasan Yardimci scored for Harvard (27-5) just before halftime. But El Toro assured itself of its 13th consecutive victory with four consecutive goals in the third quarter.