With three wins last week, Stagg’s boys’ water polo team moved back above the .500 mark as it finishes the regular season against challenging teams in preparation for the state tournament.
The Chargers (12-10) defeated Lincoln-Way North 8-3 on Monday, Lincoln-Way West 12-5 on Tuesday and Brother Rice 17-12 on Wednesday. The victories, according to Stagg coach Wes Gonzalez, are an indication that his club is becoming more cohesive.
“We’re hoping to keep getting better as we get closer to the playoffs,” Gonzalez said. “The kids are starting to come together and play better. There’s not really a weak spot on the team.”
Zack Amendola had three goals and four steals to lead the host Chargers past Lincoln-Way North in a SouthWest Suburban Conference crossover match. Sophomore netminder Lane Holin made 10 saves for Stagg.
That same duo continued to perform at a high level after Monday. Amendola tallied five times versus Lincoln-Way West and six opposite Rice, while Holin was credited with 15 more saves against the Warriors.
While Amendola has obviously been a scoring force for the Chargers, Gonzalez said the emergence of other players has also made an impact on the team’s success.
“The nice thing is that everyone has improved a lot, so we’re not trying to rely on just one person,” Gonzalez said. “Peter Krivanec has taken a big step for us.
“He was our all-conference [and] all-sectional goalie last year, and we took him out of the goal and put a sophomore in there. And now Peter has done a really good job in the field for us. That has really helped to strengthen our lineup quite a bit.”