Boys Water Polo: Lockport holds off Homewood-Flossmoor
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 25, 2013 8:50PM
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:17AM
For the fifth time in two seasons, Lockport and Homewood-Flossmoor staged a down-to-the-wire thriller.
The host Porters pitched a fourth-quarter shutout and got two goals or more from four different players, exacting revenge for a March 28 loss with a 10-8 victory Thursday in a key SouthWest Suburban Blue contest.
“I always like playing them,” Lockport’s Jake Elias said. “The games are always fun. This felt really good after losing to them earlier.”
Jacob Speechley scored three goals to pace the Porters (23-4, 9-2), who overcame a tremendous performance from H-F goalie Jakobi McClellan, who made 15 saves to keep the Vikings (16-11, 9-2) alive.
Both teams are a game behind Sandburg (8-1 in conference) in the loss column in the race for the Blue title. Lockport, in search of the program’s first league crown, visits the Eagles on Monday.
“We’re really hoping to get the conference title,” Elias said. “It’s definitely one of our goals and even to tie for it would still be big.”
H-F, playing without leading scorer Kevin Kuchta (3 goals), who fouled out in the third quarter, took an 8-6 lead on Mason Reidel’s goal with 2:30 left in the third, but did not score again.
After Shane McDevitt (2 goals) cut the deficit to one, Lockport leading scorer Dan Oldendorf scored his first goal of the game to tie it with 4:55 left.
Elias scored with a man up with 4:22 to go, batting home a Jake Knowles pass.
After H-F failed to get a shot off on three straight possessions, Oldendorf’s goal with 18 seconds left iced it.
“You want your team to peak at the right time and that’s what we’re doing,” Lockport coach Joe Lewandowski said. “A lot of guys stepped up big for us.”
Speechley scored three big goals in the first half.
“I’ve been working on shooting and getting a lot of tips and it paid off,” he said.
Matt Olinski added a goal for Lockport.
Edgar Wright scored twice while Mike Mitchell and Haden Santefort added a goal each for H-F.
“We were a different team without Kevin, but I’m happy with how my guys played in spite of everything,” H-F coach Tim Caldwell said. “Hopefully, we’ll see them again (at sectionals).”