In two more close contests, the Lake Oswego girls and Lakeridge boys hang on down the stretch

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Kim Fay and Caitlyn Regan celebrate a narrow 3-2 win against Lakeridge.
It was another pair of close and entertaining contests when Lakeridge and Lake Oswego water polo teams squared off for the second time this season.

It was another defensive showdown in the girls game proved to be exceptionally close as well. The Lakers had a handful of scoring chances but Lakeridge succeeded in slowing down the game and limiting good looks at the goal.

Lake Oswego was able to jump out to a slim lead and took a 3-2 advantage into the half.

“We are offensively challenged at times so our focus is always on defense and to try and keep the score low,” Lakeridge coach Frank Obiesie said.

The Pacers continued to play a defensive-minded contest in the third and fourth quarter and kept Lake Oswego off the board. However, Lake Oswego's defense was equally impressive as was its goalie who helped keep the Pacers' attempts to tie the game at bay.

The Lakers continued to cling to a 3-2 advantage in the closing minutes but Lakeridge got possession late. With 20 seconds to play, the Pacers called timeout and set up a final play.

However, Lake Oswego's defense had the answer again and came up with one final stop to seal the win.

In the boys game, Lake Oswego came out fired up, looking to avenge its loss earlier in the year.

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge played to a draw after the first quarter and the Lakers took a 5-4 lead into halftime, hoping to pull the upset.

Connor Regan had a big game for the Lakers as their go to player on offense.

However, the Lakers' Matthew McGonegal found himself in foul trouble and the Pacers took advantage.

“They're a very good team and always difficult to play,” Obiesie said.

The Pacers started to find their rhythm on offense in the second half and created more scoring chances.

Matt Berman took over on both ends for Lakeridge and the Pacers quickly took the lead in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego more than held its own but ultimately couldn't rally in the final period. Lakeridge held on for the 12-9 victory to complete the sweep this season.

Both teams will now gear up for the end of the regular season. Lakeridge has two league games remaining and if the boys team can beat Hillsboro and Tualatin it will clinch the No. 2 seed in the league for the playoffs.

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