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Pacer girls, Laker boys sweep Civil War water polo


Lakeridge wins a tight game while Lake Oswego triumphs in overtime

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Bailey Morris looks to get a shot off against Lake Oswego's Madison Goodall in last week's win by the Pacers.In the second Civil War water polo showdown of the season, both games went down to the wire. Playing in front of a loud cheering section from both schools, the Lakeridge girls came away with a narrow 5-3 victory while the Lake Oswego boys won 8-7 in a dramatic overtime game.

Much like the first meeting between the two teams, the girls game was ruled by defense. Both teams were cautious and took their time on offense in the opening quarter, trying to figure out how to break down the opposition.

The game was scoreless after the first period and the offense didn't pick up significantly in the second quarter.

Lakeridge had two good opportunities early in the second quarter, both from Bailey Morris that were turned away by Lake Oswego goalie Kim Fay.

The Pacers got on the board midway through the period on a penalty shot from Morris.

Lake Oswego put together some offense late in the half. Mikayla Mathison fired a shot off the corssbar and then, with 20 seconds remaining, Caitlyn Regan tossed in a tying goal.

Lakeridge would start to pull away early in the third quarter. Rowan Hauber scored on a floater and then scored again two minutes later on a shot that glanced off the post and in.

Morris would notch her second goal of the game on a breakaway midway through the quarter to make it 4-3.

But Lake Oswego regrouped and kept the Lakers off the board for the remainder of the quarter. Lake Oswego's Jeske Paanakker nearly made it 4-2 late in the quarter but her shot hit the crossbar.

In the fourth quarter, the Lakers refused to give up. Regan scored quickly on a breakaway and Mathison scored with 1:47 left as Lake Oswego controlled the final period.

Lakeridge had a goal called back on a penalty with 1:25 to play but sealed the game on a goal from Brittany Bassett after a turnover.

In the boys game, Lake Oswego scored first on a shot by Marco Wolmarans while the team was man-up. But Lakeridge regrouped, getting a goal one minute later from Owen Hart to tie the game.

Alex Schaffer would then score to give the Pacers the lead after one quarter.

Both goalies came up big for their respective teams during the game, forcing the offenses to be precise with their shooting.

Lake Oswego tied the game in the second quarter on a goal from Matthew McGonegal but Lakeridge would take the lead going into the half when Schaffer scored again on a tough angle floater.

The Lakers got off to a fast start in the third quarter with goals from Wolmarans and Lucas Rodgers and fired two more shots that glanced off the frame.

Lakeridge found its footing later in the quarter, tying the game again on a goal by Cole Bartowski.

The game was as back and forth as it could be, featuring eight ties.

Jack Grossman helped the Lakers regain the lead with a pretty shot but the Pacers' Hart tied the score at 5-5 with one period remaining in regulation.

Lakeridge goalie Zach Wyman made two nice saves early but the Lakers would take the lead on a goal from Grossman.

Lakeridge responded quickly with a goal from Hart on a nice pass from Bartowski.

With 1:17 remaining, the Pacers received a man-up opportunity and Schaffer scored it on a deep shot into the corner.

Lakeridge appeared like it would be able to wind out the rest of the clock but a late turnover gave the Lakers possession and Rodgers would score to tie the game with just nine seconds remaining.

In the first overtime period, the Lakers fended off an early penalty and McGonegal would then score on a penalty shot.

McGonegal would nearly score again in the second overtime period but his shot glanced just off the post.

Lakeridge had a late opportunity to tie the game but Schaffer's shot with 26 seconds remaining was saved and the Lakers held on to sweep the season series.