LODI -- Johansen High parents and players were screaming senior Brad Fuller's name after the game Thursday, trying to get him in a team picture.
Players were asking where he was.
Fuller was in the men's restroom and didn't come out until later, letting out tears because -- as much as he wanted to -- he couldn't get his team to the next level.
The Johansen boys water polo team lost in the third round to Davis High of Yolo County, 9-4, in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs at Tokay High. The Johansen girls team also lost to Davis-Yolo, 9-5.
"It was a tough loss for the seniors," Johansen boys and girls coach Brent Bohlender said. "For them, some will go on and play in college. Some won't go on and play in college and they know that's pretty much the end of it."
Fuller led the Vikings with two goals as five seniors played their final high school match.
Fuller's first goal of the game came on one of Johansen's few counterattacks. Before a Davis-Yolo shot, Fuller swam away from the play and after Steve Giahos' save, he launched the ball toward the other end of the pool.
The ball landed perfectly in Fuller's hands, which led to an easy goal. His other goal came from five meters out in the fourth quarter.
After Fuller's talk with Bohlender, he calmly put a towel over his neck and walked out of the complex with his parents.
"Luckily, water polo is a sport you can play as you get older," Bohlender said.
The Johansen girls team couldn't overcome an early deficit against Davis-Yolo.
After being down 7-1 with 4:23 left in the third quarter, Johansen held Davis-Yolo scoreless for the next 6:53.
However, the Vikings could score only two goals in that span, wasting solid defensive execution. Johansen had opportunities to score, but many shots hit the crossbar or were saved.
"They took a lot of shots," Davis-Yolo coach Tracy Stapleton said. "A lot of them just missed or hit the bar."
Jodi Hanson smacked her hand on the water after two of her shots that sailed over the goal.
Davis-Yolo frustrated the Johansen offense by clogging passing lanes and preventing interior passing. Davis-Yolo's Jenney Gunnel and Ariel Feeney were in charge of stopping Hanson, the 2007 Modesto Metro Conference player of the year, and Brandie McGee, a first-team all-MMC player.
Johansen had trouble with scoring opportunities, especially in the first quarter, because Davis-Yolo would put two players on the ball when it came inside.
Johansen players could not get a good grip on the ball.
"They played really good defense," Bohlender said.
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