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Homewood-Flossmoor's Haden Santefort (left) Lincoln-Way Central's Conor McGowan battle for ball during their SWSC sectional quarter final water polo game

Homewood-Flossmoor's Haden Santefort (left) and Lincoln-Way Central's Conor McGowan battle for the ball during their SWSC sectional quarter final water polo game at Lincoln-Way North in Frankfort Square Thursday, May 9, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 11, 2013 6:35AM



Shamus Shields has been playing goalie for Lincoln-Way North for about half a season. North coach Pat Shaughnessy said the junior sometimes gets a little too nervous.

So Shaughnessy’s message to Shields was simple: “Relax.”

Shields showed no signs of nerves in his postseason debut Thursday, making 14 saves and shutting down Andrew in a 7-3 Lincoln-Way North Sectional quarterfinal win.

“Our team really gets me ready, firing good shots at me in practice,” Shields said. “We really want to win sectionals and I’m really happy with this win.”

The second-seeded Phoenix (20-7) and No. 7 seed Thunderbolts (10-16) split a pair of nail-biters during the regular season, but Thursday’s rubber match never was in much doubt thanks to Shields and the North defense.

Andrew was held to one goal before scoring twice in the final 2:37.

North started slowly on offense, leading 1-0 after the first period, but eventually got going behind Curtis Thrun (3 goals) and Patrick Budney (2 goals).

Those two scored as part of a 3-0 North run in the third quarter. Kyle Mohan capped it, scoring on a backhanded shot for a 6-1 lead.

“Everyone stepped up and got involved in the scoring,” Thrun said. “We got in a rhythm.”

Shields shut down any chances of an Andrew comeback. He made back-to-back saves on Michael Tamulonis and Alex Gacek to kill off a T-bolts power play in the third quarter and made a fantastic save, lunging to his right, on Andrew Gamez’s fourth-quarter shot.

“Shamus was lights-out,” Shaughnessy said. “He was sick.”

Eric Tamulonis and Nick Brancato each added a goal for Andrew.

Third-seeded Lockport’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Porters (27-4) took care of Lincoln-Way East 16-9.

Jake Elias (6 goals), Dan Oldendorf (4 goals) and David Presz (3 goals) led the Lockport offense while John Goetz made 17 saves.

“We have bigger goals in mind and we weren’t going to let this game slow us down,” Elias said. “Our offense was solid. I was really happy with how it went.”

Lockport led 7-3 at the half and cruised from there.

Al Newell scored four goals while Nate Drewes and Sean Romberg each scored twice for the Griffins (8-21).

Homewood-Flossmoor 14, Lincoln-Way Central 2: Top-seeded Homewood-Flossmoor (18-12) rolled as Kevin Kuchta scored seven goals and Jakobi McClellan made 14 saves. Alex McCormick and Tristan Funk each had a goal for No. 8 seed Lincoln-Way Central (11-18).

Bradley 9, Bremen co-op 5: Joseph Page (4 goals) led fourth-seeded Bradley (19-12). Gabe Stein-Rojas and Quinn Johnson led No. 5 seed Bremen (22-8) with two goals each.



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