Baldwin rolls to 3-0

Defending MIL champion Bears top Sabers 14-1, look to improve upon last season’s historic finish

Baldwin High School’s Audrey Reiss takes a second-quarter shot during the Bears’ 14-1 win over Maui High on Tuesday at Sakamoto Pool. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

WAILUKU — After recording the best finish ever for a Maui Interscholastic League girls water polo team last season, Baldwin High School has bigger things in mind in 2019.

The Bears rolled to their third straight win to open MIL play on Tuesday night at Sakamoto Pool with a 14-1 victory over Maui High. Baldwin was threatening to pitch a rare shutout until Caroline Short scored for the Sabers (2-1) in the final seconds.

“I definitely think they can be MIL champions and I think they’ve got a shot to play for a state title this year, I really do,” Baldwin coach Shawn Donohue said of his team. “They are well-skilled, they’re very disciplined, and they have a great defensive coordination among each other. I think they can go all the way if they want to.”

The Bears certainly played the part in their dismantling of the previously unbeaten Sabers. After leading 3-0 through the first quarter, Baldwin’s offense scored three goals in the first 1 minute, 6 seconds of the second quarter.

A nifty backhand shot by Audrey Reiss with 6 seconds left in the first half — one of her match-high four goals — made it 10-0 at the break. Goalkeeper Savannah Dougherty fired a shot from behind the mid-pool mark that went in at the buzzer ending the third quarter to push the lead to 12-0.

The Sabers’ Jasmine Clayton looks to pass while defended by the Bears’ Gracie Lawrence in the first quarter.

“I think we’re doing pretty well,” Reiss said. “We’re really working hard, putting in a lot of hours. I think everything that we do reflects in the games.”

Reiss has confidence similar to her coach. The Bears, who finished third in the state tournament last season, were 14-2 in preseason play, the only losses coming to perennial state powers Kamehameha Kapalama and Punahou.

“I really think that we can take it to states and take home that title this year,” Reiss said.

Two-time MIL Player of the Year Rebecca Buenrostro-Gallimore is redshirting as a freshman at the University of Hawaii this year, but she helped set a solid foundation for the Bears.

“Oh, we miss Rebecca, she’s taught us so much, she’s had a lot of experience, she’s taken her toll on our team, and really has guided us to where we are now, for sure,” Reiss said. “I really think together as a team, we’re building up to where we are now.”

Baldwin’s Taryn Sato releases a second-quarter shot as Maui High’s Jasmine Clayton defends on Tuesday.

Kristi Kimura and Jessica Baker each added three goals, Jacsen Donohue had two and Taryn Sato added the other goal to Baldwin’s balanced attack.

The Bears certainly caught the eye of first-year Maui High coach Debbie Hirata. She is encouraged by the play of her team so far, too.

“Yes, they’re experienced players that have been going to the Mainland for quite a few years with Coach Shawn,” Hirata said. “I think that we’re playing the best that we can and we definitely are able to do basics. That’s what we want to do.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

Baldwin 3 7 2 2–14

Maui High 0 0 0 1– 1

Goal scorers–Baldwin: Audrey Reiss 4, Kristi Kimura 3, Jessica Baker 3, Jacsen Donohue 2, Taryn Sato , Savannah Dougherty. Maui High: Caroline Short.

LAHAINALUNA 14, SEABURY HALL 8

Lahainaluna 4 3 3 4–14

Seabury Hall 1 0 3 4– 8

Goal scorers–Lahainaluna: Hailey Bogar 5, Maile Cacal 3, Makena Cowan 2, Rebecca Segura 2, Ryli Cherry , Mei Welch-Bernasek. Seabury Hall: Aryana Johnson 4, Madi Eiting 2, Bella Lalo, Chloe LoGrande.

KING KEKAULIKE 16, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 6

King Kekaulike 7 3 3 3–16

Kamehameha Maui 1 0 2 3– 6

Goal scorers–King Kekaulike: Montana DiSegna 4, Ceci Buckingham 4, Sarah Emmsley 2, Emma Gomez 2, Kalena Vaivai, Kate Hehemann, Taitum Jones, Louisa Buckingham. Kamehameha Maui: Naela Nitta 3, Logan Spencer 2, Labryana Hookano.

MIL Standings

W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 3 0 1.000 —

King Kekaulike 3 0 1.000 —

Maui High 2 1 .667 1

Lahainaluna 1 2 .333 2

Kamehameha Maui 0 3 .000 3

Seabury Hall 0 3 .000 3

Tuesday’s Results

At Sakamoto Pool

Lahainaluna 14, Seabury Hall 8

King Kekaulike 16, Kamehameha Maui 6

Baldwin 14, Maui High 1

Thursday’s Games

At Kihei Aquatic Center

Lahainaluna vs. Baldwin, 3:30 p.m.

Maui High vs. King Kekaulike, 4:45 p.m.

Seabury Hall vs. Kamehameha Maui, 6 p.m.

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