La Jolla Country Day water polo leading Central League

Special to the Light

La Jolla Country Day’s boy’s water polo team continues on a roll.

Four years ago, the Torreys got a new water polo coach, Steve Traverso. He spent his first year trying to get new players to join a team that had been in the doldrums from its inception. These efforts bore fruit in his second year when the team tied for first place in the Central League and, for the first time in school history, qualified for the CIF championships. Last year they qualified again for CIF and won the Central League with an undefeated 8-0 record.

So far this year, through the last week in October, the team has continued to do well with an overall record of 22-3 and 6-0 in league play. Traverso credits four seniors for much of the squad’s success: Liam Devine, Nick Augustine, Jack Hipkins and Donald Dean.

Although he cites depth as one of the team’s biggest strengths, Traverso said there is no denying how essential Devine has been to the success of the team as it continues to grow.

“He’s our leader on offense,” Traverso said. “He was our leading goal scorer last year and he’s hands down our most experienced player.” The captain has carried the Torreys offense at times, scoring five or six goals in any given game.

Josh Richmond has also been an important piece of the puzzle this season, taking over as this year’s goalkeeper. As the only new face on the starting roster, the junior has impressed both coaches and teammates while playing arguably the most important position in the pool.

“He’s stepped it up big time,” Traverso said. “He brings a lot of fire to the game and he works extremely hard. He has become a really good goalie.”