LOS ANGELES — During his freshman year at Sunny Hills High School, Andrew Tinseth slipped into the water polo goal and began blocking his teammates' shots.
Big mistake for a freshman, as he soon discovered.
Tinseth had been in the goal only a few minutes when he was hit in the face by a ball. It was slightly less refreshing than a mudpack.
"It was Jose Santiago (now at USC) who did it," said Tinseth, who didn't venture back into the goal until his junior year. "We were doing shooting drills. When it hit me, I just sank."
Five years later, life in the goal isn't much easier for Tinseth.
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