Lake Oswego breaks a losing streak to the Pacers while the Lakeridge girls eke out a victory

by: VERN UYETAKE -  Tyler Ward fires a pass under pressure in Lake Oswego's win over Lakeridge last week. It was a split decision in the first meeting between the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge water polo teams last week.

Squaring off at the district pool, the Lake Oswego boys broke a losing streak to the Pacers, pulling away late for a 12-6 victory.

The Lakers haven't had much luck in recent years against Lakeridge but this year's team was hungry to steal a victory.

Lake Oswego capitalized on some Lakeridge miscues and was efficient in its shot selection. The Lakers also made sure to feed the ball to Marco Wolmarans whenever possible and he responded with solid play on both sides of the pool.

“It was a big win for them. They're very well-rounded and well-coached,” Lakeridge coach Kevin Moon said.

The Pacers stayed with Lake Oswego early on, led by captains Alex Schaffer and Jackson Waste, but the energized Lakers were too much in the second half and held on for the big early-season victory.

In the girls game, defense won the day. It was a back and forth contest between a pair of squads that appear to be fairly evenly matched and ultimately captured by the Pacers 6-5.

Both teams were methodical on offense and both goalies had strong games. Lakeridge was led by senior captain Bailey Morris who has been an anchor for the Pacers this season.

“She's definitely the force of our team. She's a mother hen to the girls and like a second coach in the pool,” Moon said.

Lakeridge also has depth this year with a JV team that has just one loss this season.

Both the Laker and Pacers squads have strong sophomore and junior classes, which should make for a bright future for the programs.

The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego boys have high aspirations this season and both squads figure to be in a tight battle for a playoff berth.

“It's definitely going to be a challenge this year. Newberg, Tualatin and Lake Oswego should all be in contention for the playoffs but I'm confident we can get there,” Moon said.

The teams will meet for a rematch later in the year on Monday, Oct. 14.

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