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Pacer boys, Laker girls win Civil War water polo contests

by: THOMAS MOORE - Lakeridge's Alexander Schaffer looks to make a pass during last week's win over Lake Oswego.The Lakeridge boys and Lake Oswego girls won the Civil War water polo matches last week at the Lake Oswego pool.

In the opening game, Lake Oswego's girls team outlasted a strong effort from the young Lakeridge squad.

Lake Oswego controlled possession for much of the game and had multiple scoring opportunities but struggled to put many of them away. The Pacers held their own, getting strong performances from captains Sarah Burke and Bailey Morris but Lake Oswego made sure its early lead held up.

Lake Oswego received a nice effort from sophomore Caitlyn Regan, who has been one of the team's top scorers this season.

“Lake Oswego's very strong but our girls did well to hang in there,” Lakeridge coach Frank Obiesie said.

In the boys game, Lake Oswego jumped on Lakeridge early, taking leads of 2-0 and 4-2.

Lakeridge was playing without one of its top players in Johnny Woodcock but had other players rise to the challenge.

In particular, Ethan Troftgruben had perhaps the best game of his career, pouring in a game-high seven goals.

“Ethan was huge. That was exactly what we needed, someone to fill that scoring vacuum,” Obiesie said.

Lakeridge's defense also was solid as the Pacers stuck to the game plan and got impressive performances from Matt Berman and Matt White.

“The plan against Lake Oswego is always to crack down on defense. They're very well coached and I thought we did a nice job on their scorers,” Obiesie said.

Lake Oswego still found a way to get the ball to its scorers as Will Meier tossed in three goals despite behind hounded. Matthew McGonegal also had a nice night for the Lakers.

Lakeridge chipped away at the lead, ultimately going up 5-4 and grinding out a 13-8 victory.

Lakeridge and Lake Oswego will meet up against on Oct. 15.