Boys Water Polo: Lockport claims Southwest Suburban Blue title with win over Homewood-Flossmoor
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media May 9, 2014 8:10PM
Matt Olinski, of Lockport, scores on Homewood-Flossmoor at Homewood-Flossmoor, Friday, May 9th, 2014 in Flossmoor. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 10, 2014 5:28PM
Lockport wasn’t in a sharing mood Friday.
After Wednesday’s loss to Stagg, the Porters needed a victory over Homewood-Flossmoor to win the SouthWest Suburban Blue title outright. A loss, and they’d share the crown with rival Sandburg.
“We tied with (Sandburg) last year and this year we wanted to just win it ourselves so bad,” Lockport’s Jake Jagodzinski said. “We worked really hard all year and we wanted something to show for all that work.”
Thanks to a big second half Friday, the crown is all Lockport’s. The Porters outscored H-F 9-4 after halftime to pull away for a 14-9 win in Flossmoor.
“We always play four full quarters,” Lockport’s Zach Elias said. “Even if we start slow, we know how to turn it up.”
Elias and Jagodzinski each scored four goals to lead the Porters (24-3, 11-2), who survived a huge performance from Broc Thompson, who totaled eight goals for the Vikings (13-17, 7-6).
Jagodzinski made perhaps the game’s biggest play in the opening 10 seconds of the fourth quarter. With the Porters leading 8-6, Jagodzinski won the quarter-opening swim-off, was left open after a mix-up from the H-F defense, and scored on a lob shot to increase the lead to three.
It was a goal H-F coach Tim Caldwell called “a backbreaker.”
“You don’t get to do that very often,” Jagodzinski said. “We had the lead for the quarter right away and we had just to keep it.”
Elias scored three times and Jagodzinski twice in the fourth for Lockport. After Thompson scored on a penalty shot to pull H-F to within 12-9 with 2:28 left, Eric Johnson (2 goals) scored on a skip shot and Elias on a lob to seal the victory.
H-F got off to a fast start, with Thompson getting free on several fast breaks, and led 4-2 after one. Lockport drew even at 5 by halftime.
“We came out of the blocks well and we had them reeling a bit, but they fought back,” H-F coach Tim Caldwell said. “We kind of took ourselves out of it in the third and stopped getting the ball into the hole. We’re not a very good outside shooting team.”
Jakobi McClellan made 13 saves for the Vikings.
Jake Speechley and Matt Olinski each scored twice and Tyler Trench made seven saves for Lockport.
“The kids absolutely did not want to share (the conference title),” Lockport coach Joe Lewandowski said. “This is a great conference and it means a lot to win it.”