Newberg boys polo knocks off Lakeridge 8-7 in OT
This one just about had it all.
Monday's Newberg at Lakeridge boys water polo game featured a repeat of last year's state championship, a match-up between two unbeaten Three Rivers League leaders, and best of all, an overtime thriller that the Tigers eventually won 8-7 at Lake Oswego School District Pool.
Newberg had to earn its win, too, rallying twice from three-goal deficits, shutting out powerful Lakeridge in both the second and third quarters, then coming back again in overtime after the Pacers scored first in the extra period.
In overtime — a six-minute period divided into two three-minutes halves — Lakeridge struck first, taking advantage of a man-up situation when Cole Dennett passed to Thomas Gooding on the left side. From there, Gooding angled a shot past Newberg goalie Wilson Johnson to the right post to give the Pacers a 7-6 lead with 1 minute, 15 seconds to go in the first half of OT.
But Newberg took control in the second half of overtime, getting a steal from Raleigh Day and — after an ejection to Lakeridge's Oscra Loureiro Alvarez — a goal by Zach Jordan. Jordan scored from five yards out, throwing the ball past one Pacer defender and skipping it by goalie Nathan Bloom to the left corner with 2:05 to go in OT.
Then, after Lakeridge failed to score at the other end, Newberg's Grant Stilp connected on a backhanded shot from the left side that pushed the Tigers' lead to 8-7 with 1:12 remaining to play.
Newberg stifled the Pacers' ensuing possession thanks to a steal by Nathan Waldal, ran the clock down to 15 seconds before turning the ball over to Lakeridge, and from there, the Pacers' Gooding missed left with five seconds to go and escaped with the dramatic win.
For the game, Newberg's Waldal led the way with three goals, while Dane Findley and Jordan added two each. For Lakeridge, Grant Lautze scored three times while Torin Ferguson added another two.