Beaverton closes within 13-11 late before losing to Reynolds on Saturday

CORVALLIS - The regular season wasn't quite everything, frankly, that the Beaverton boys water polo team had hoped it would be.

And the Beavers' appearance in the Oregon High School State Water Polo Playoffs on Saturday didn't last as long as Beaverton wanted it to.

But the Beavers proved they could play, no doubt about it.

Beaverton, the fourth-place team from the Metro League, pushed Mt. Hood Conference champion Reynolds to the limit on Saturday at Osborn Aquatic Center before finally seeing its season end in a 14-11 loss. That defeat capped Beaverton's 2011 overall record at 10-8, while Reynolds won its ensuing quarterfinal match against Hillsboro and will face Southridge in the state semifinals at 7:20 a.m. Friday at Osborn.

In the loss to Reynolds, Beaverton grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first quarter behind scores from Dylan Bird and Stephen Kearns and a defense hat limited the Raiders to just one score by Sterling Anderson. Goalie Sean Bagley made three saves in that opening period, but Reynolds began to get things rolling in the second.

There, the Raiders notched a 7-5 scoring advantage that included four Sterling goals and two by Kade Novak, while the Beavers countered with two each from Bird and Daniel Howse.

But when Beaverton managed just two goals in the third, the Raiders broke through for five more, boosted their lead to 13-9. The Beavers got another goal from Kearns to open the fourth, and another from Bird to close within 13-11 with 4:47 left to play, but wouldn't score again and Reynolds hung on to win.

Bird led the Beavers with four goals and Kearns had three, while Sterling led all scorers with eight.

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