Girls Water Polo: Lincoln-Way Central rallies past Lincoln-Way North
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 19, 2013 7:40PM
Lincoln-Way Central's Liz Klock celebrates scoring the third goal for the Knights against Lincoln-Way North during their waterpolo game in Frankfort Square Friday, April 19, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:49AM
For nearly 30 minutes Friday, Lincoln-Way North did all the things necessary to beat Lincoln-Way Central, frustrating the Knights offense and limiting the scoring chances for All-State performer Danijela Jackovich.
Central, though, saved its best for last.
“There’s no doubt we’re a fourth-quarter team,” the Knights’ Liz Klock said. “We really stepped up.”
The Knights scored the final four goals over the last 2:31 to escape with a 9-7 win in a SouthWest Suburban crossover in Frankfort.
Beth Senese scored off a Jackovich pass to pull Central (16-1, 8-0) to within 7-6. Jackovich then deflected a pass to help kill a power play for North (19-3, 6-2).
The Knights then executed beautifully out of a timeout, Jackovich passing to Senese, who found Kristi Howe (2 goals) open in the hole where she scored to tie it with 1:12 to go.
“It was great teamwork,” Howe said. “It was a perfect pass. We work hard every day so we can be ready for games like this and it pays off.”
Delaney Shepherd and Howe came up with steals on North’s next two possessions, setting up Jackovich to score her fourth and fifth goals of the game.
Knights goalie Sabrina Miglorini made a stop on a penalty shot by Sam Klosak to seal Central’s 16th straight win since an opening game loss to Mother McAuley.
“The first half, I have to figure out how they’re going to defend me,” Jackovich said. “Then the second half I have to figure out how to beat it. We’re definitely a second-half team.”
Klosak scored three goals while Cheyenne DeGraff and Carlie Petraitis added two each for North.
The Phoenix led 3-2 at the half and took a two-goal lead for the fifth time in the game when DeGraff scored to make it 7-5 with 4:26 to go.
The Knights also topped North 6-4 in the championship of the Lincoln-Way East Tournament on March 23.
The teams could meet again in the Lincoln-Way North Sectional championship. The Knights are the No. 1 seed and North is seeded second.