David Douglas sweeps polo showdown
6A GIRLS WATER POLO
Mount Hood Conference
The David Douglas girls water polo team rallied from a four-goal deficit to surprise Barlow 7-6, handing the Bruins their first league loss in Thursday's regular-season finale.
Trailing throughout the first half, David Douglas coach Bobby DeRoest gave his team a singular focus coming out of the break when he could be heard repeatedly shouting 'center' from the team's bench.
The result was a flurry of goals, as the Scots attacked straight down the middle of the pool.
Ivy Downs got it started with a shot into the top corner, and Sierra Bui tied the score 5-5 with a penalty shot. Anna Bagaric went low right on a breakaway opportunity to give David Douglas its first lead, and Bui converted from close range on the left side for what proved to be the winning goal late in the third period.
"We worked hard to get back into the game, and going straight at the goal is the easiest place to score," Bagaric said. "Any time it was late in the shot clock or we were close to getting a stop one of us would take of down the middle and get that 1-on-1 with the goalie."
Attacking the shallow end in the fourth quarter, Barlow had several chances to pull even. The first came on a close-range threat at the side of the goal that was erased when Bui turned into an octopus, reaching around and plucking the ball away as if with a suction cup.
A couple trips later, Allyson Corbett tried a backhand shot that banged off the frame. Amaya Leiby swam after a long ball down the center of the pool only to be squeezed off the attack when the Scots' Trinity Caudle and Hannah Walker came in from each side.
With about five minutes to play, the Scots would have Hannah Walker leave the attack early to guard against any Barlow counter attacks.
"Defense is always our main priority," Walker said. "If I wasn't an active part of the play, I was going to start going back on defense."
The Bruins went on the power play with 1:22 left, but their shot went wide. Barlow's final opportunity when Corbett passed the ball to Kaselyn Markell, who attempted a quick turn-and-fire only to have Douglas goalie Chloe Trigo make the save.
"I felt a lot of pressure, but when it comes down to a tight game, I focus a lot more and communicate better," Trigo said.
The game ended with Julie Schwam picking off a pass and simply swimming up the sideline to run out the clock.
Barlow, the Mount Hood champs, earned a No. 2 seed into the state playoffs, which begin Friday in Newberg. David Douglas earned the No. 7 seed in the bracket. If both teams pick up expected afternoon wins, they would get a rematch in the second round at 7:40 p.m. Friday night.
Barlow sprinted to a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes Thursday with Leiby scoring on a lob shot to the far post, and again with a backhand shot out of the hole set.
Everything seemed to be going in the Bruins favor when goalie Emma Strobel blocked a penalty shot late in the first period.
The Bruins maintained a 5-1 lead before Schwam and Bagaric scored in the final minutes of the first half to start the Scots' comeback.
6A BOYS WATER POLO
Mount Hood Conference
The boys game followed a similar theme with Barlow enjoying a four-goal lead late in the third quarter before David Douglas turned the tide down the stretch to collect the 12-11 win.
David Douglas earned a power play with 3:37 to play, and DeRoest called timeout to make the most of the valuable possession. Tuan Vuong got in close and fired a shot from a sharp angle that clipped a defender's hand and found its way inside the far post to tie the score 10-10.
David Douglas kept the score deadlocked at 11 apiece when Dawson Brummett used his body to create some space at the front of the goal and scored with a lob shot to the side.
"The biggest thing was to work our legs and be really aggressive," Brummett said. "It was a matter of shutting down their fast break and playing the way we know how."
The Scots won the game when Brayden Franzke swiped a steal at mid-pool, survived some thrashing and broke away for a lob shot to the far post with 0:39 left.
"He lost control of the ball, and I was able to go for it," Franzke said. "He went underneath me trying to get a foul, but I was able to get loose on a fast break. I could tell the goalie was caught in between spots, and by the time he tried to get up the ball was already on its way."
After a pair of early ties, Barlow built a 9-5 lead with success attacking the deep end in the third period.
The Bruins saw Chris Parvarkin sneak up behind a David Douglas player and knock a ball loose. On the restart, Barlow's Will McLaughlin sent a pass the width of the pool, leaving C.J. Brushwood a wide-open shot.
Barlow gained its biggest lead at 9-5 when Brushwood and Johnathan Dewey combined on a give-and-go that ended with Brushwood putting a one-timer into the right side of the cage.
David Douglas earned the No. 6 seed into Friday's state playoffs in Newberg, while Barlow Barlow is on the opposite side of the bracket as a No. 8 seed.
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