The Lake Oswego boys water polo team concluded its most successful year in team history, finishing fourth in the state tournament held at Osborn Aquatic Center Nov. 8-9 in Corvallis.

The Laker boys team finished 11-3 in conference play, finishing tied for second behind eventual state runner-up Newberg. The team won both games against cross-town rival Lakeridge.

The team cruised through first and second round play with a 16-4 and 11-8 upset wins over West Salem and David Douglas on Nov. 2 at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton. The team was led by junior co-captain, Matthew McGonegal’s 10 goals and sensational goalie play of junior James Anderson.

Senior co-captain Marco Wolmarans directed the offense and a deep nucleus of starting and bench players led the Lakers to both wins and only their second appearance ever in Final 4. Junior Tyler Ward played point on a pressing team defense that forced the opponent’s offense to hurry shots to beat shot-clock. Other starters contributing to the Laker team were juniors Adam Jasmin, Lucas Rodgers, Andy Trevino and sophomore Jake Grossman.

Juniors Ryan Washburne, Burton Jaursch and Arist Sher-Jan played key roles off the bench. The deep roster allowed coaches Alison Knoedler and Justine Kilsby to substitute freely and the overall team depth and conditioning proved key in both wins in Beaverton.

Also seeing game action were freshman Andrew Gates, sophomores Charlie Yarbrough, Sean McCullough and junior Andrew Onofrei.

In Corvallis, the Laker boys team lost to eventual state champion Southridge in the semifinal game on Nov. 8 by a score of 20-11. Southridge defeated Newberg in the championship game for its third consecutive state title.

In the third-place game, Lake Oswego had the early lead against the No. 1 seed from Southern Division, South Eugene, but foul trouble to several key players proved a factor in the 10-7 loss.

McGonegal earned second team all-state honors, and Ward was recognized as honorable mention.

The boys team returns all but one starter next season and appears positioned to be a serious contender for league and state titles.

Lake Oswego Water Polo club team will begin play in February. Athletes from fourth to 12th grade from both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego are encouraged to visit and seek additional information.

Registration is available in February through Lake Oswego Community Schools program. The success of both the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high school programs can be credited in part to LOWPO.

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