Lakeridge boys polo races past Lake Oswego 16-8
The Lakeridge boys water polo team had just recorded one of the biggest wins in Three Rivers League history, handing Newberg its first league loss in 16 years.
But the Pacers, coming back five days after their historic win, couldn't let Monday's Battle of the Lake get away from them either.
So Lakeridge buckled down, strapped on their caps and went back to work, beating crosstown rival Lake Oswego 16-8 at Lake Oswego District Pool.
"I think we've had better games, but it was an all right game," said Lakeridge senior captain Terran Walker, who scored three goals in the win over Lake Oswego. "But I think we need to get our heads more in the game if we want to win state."
"We just had a little trouble coming back on defense and trying to get our heads in the game and staying focused, but we won and I think that's pretty cool," added freshman Torin Ferguson, who tied for game-high scoring honors with five goals.
With the win, the Pacers improved to 5-0 in Three Rivers League play and 15-1 overall, their only setback of the year a 9-7 loss to Washington's Curtis High School back on Sept. 24. Lake Oswego, meanwhile, fell to 3-2 in league action and 8-3 overall.
While the Pacers may have struggled to refocus after their win over Newberg, they hid that fact pretty well on Monday. Lakeridge scored the game's first goal — by junior Campbell Drake — in less than 20 seconds, then made it 2-0 on a score by Grant Lautze before the contest's first minute was gone.
The Pacers kept the heat on throughout the opening quarter, too, adding goals by Walker, Brody Veater, Lautze and Ferguson, with the last two goals — assisted by Thomas Gooding and Lautze — coming in the period's final 56 seconds for a 6-0 margin.
As painful as all that was, the Lakers finally got their offense on track in the second frame, getting their first goal by George Awad (assisted by Ben Rabbino) 1:32 into the stanza, then saw Rabbino score twice before the end of the half.
Rabbino — who led the Lakers in scoring with five goals — got his first score with 2:30 remaining in the half, then skipped a second shot past the Pacer goalie with 1:11 remaining before halftime.
That said, Lakeridge just kept on churning out the goals, adding six more in the second quarter to lead 12-3 at halftime. The Pacers scored three of the period's first four goals to extend their lead to 9-1, the first of those a point-blank shot from Walker set up by Ferguson, the next a backhanded score by Ferguson midway through the quarter and the third coming just 38 seconds later when Veater scored from the right side of the Laker cage.
Ferguson added two more scores and Gooding one for their team's 12-3 halftime edge.
The Pacers and Lakers added two goals each in the third period — both of LO's by Rabbino — before Lake Oswego closed out the contest with a 3-2 edge in the fourth though the Lakers never got closer than 14-8 late in the contest.
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