Boys Water Polo: Stagg topples Andrew
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 1, 2013 8:14PM
Andrew's Nick Brancato (left) looks to pass the ball as Stagg's Harten Long defends. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 3, 2013 6:23AM
A young Stagg squad has taken some lumps early in the season. In Monday’s clash against Andrew, though, the two-time defending SouthWest Suburban Red champion Chargers showed they’re still a force to be reckoned with in the conference.
Zack Amendola led the way with three goals as Stagg outscored Andrew 3-1 in the fourth quarter to pull out an 8-6 win in Tinley Park.
“Last year, the team raised the bar so high for the program,” Amendola said of Stagg’s 2012 run to the sectional finals. “We’re trying to uphold that. We start four sophomores and it’s been tough, but we’re getting there. I think this showed that we’re going to be up there at the top with the best teams in the conference again.”
After jumping to a 4-0 lead, Stagg (6-6, 1-1) was held to just one goal over the final nine minutes of the first half and was blanked in the third quarter despite having the advantage of shooting at the deep end of the pool.
The game was tied at 5 entering the fourth, but the Chargers converted two man-up situations early in the fourth, with Amendola and Ryan Petersen (2 goals) finding the net.
Andrew (5-3, 1-2) pulled to within one on Eric Tamulonis’ goal and earned a power play with two minutes to go and a chance to tie, but came up empty on three shots as Stagg goalie Peter Krivanec (9 saves) came up big.
“This was definitely a big win to get us on the right track,” Krivanec said. “We just kept a positive attitude the whole way.”
Amendola scored with 1:11 left to seal the win.
Nick Amendola added two goals and Filip Patrak also scored for Stagg.
Andrew Wojdyla scored twice to lead Andrew. Alex Gacek, Andrew Games and Nick Brancato added a goal apiece and Kevin Bukaski made 11 saves.
“We just let the game get away from us in the fourth,” Andrew coach Krzysztof Kowal said. “We had some ejections that deflated our momentum.”