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Lakeside vs Eastlake - Game Recap

The 4A State Champs fend off a surprisingly strong Lakeside Lions team in an 8-6 epic of a battle of the Private versus Public Schools at Eastlake High School on Thursday night. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

The Lions came off a huge 16-3 victory over the Eastside Catholic Crusaders under newly appointed Head Coach Chris Hartley heading into this Eastlake game. They kept that momentum going into the first half scoring five goals, but the Wolves kept pace securing a 6-5 lead to end the first half. Both teams came out in the final 24 minutes with an impressive defensive showing, allowing a total of three goals in the last half leaving Eastlake with the 8-6 win over the Lions, who could be having a breakout season this year.

“They have a great goalie and a great defense.” said Eastlake Head Coach Chris O’Dougherty. “[Lakeside goalie Elliott] Frink played well in the net and we just tried to pick our spots and shoot.”

Lakeside Lions sophomore goalie Elliott Frink had a staple night against the reigning 4A champs saving 11 of 19 shots to close out the game on a 0.579 save percentage. The Wolves made seven shots in the last half and Frink remained stalwart in the cage against a very strong Eastlake team.

O’Dougherty was not short on words with how well Lakeside played but expressed deep remorse for the loss of their senior goalie Carter Randal to a torn ACL in their Snohomish game on March 9th. Losing a player that had All-American written all over him is a tough blow, but O’Dougherty intends to keep his defense tight this year while growing a sophomore group he is excited about that makes up over half his roster. Two of these sophomores played a big part in their win with attackman Simon Breecher (3g, 2a) and midfielder Joe Grzetic (2g, 1a) contributing five total goals against Lakeside.

O’Dougherty has a strategy to getting these boys championship ready and hard work is the key theme in all of this. “We’re a hard working team and just stick to that all game long.” said O’Dougherty. “When we’re making mistakes we know we’re going to outwork teams.” He would rather schedule more games throughout the year against teams he know will challenge his young poles so they can learn from those mistakes instead of a straight forward practice day. Playing a Lakeside team on the verge of a breakout year was a worthy endeavor as Hartley is showing real progress with a team that was only 2-7 a season before.

“I think what we’re seeing is players maturing from one year to the next, feeling more confident.” said Hartley. “I think we have really great stick skills and then my defense is really good on shutting people down and that’s what I’m really proud of on both sides of the field.” Hartley expressed his excitement about the chance to coach again because of the brotherhood that exists. Positivity and teamwork is his mantra that resonates with this squad and he couldn’t be more proud of the way his boys demonstrated this in their game against Eastlake.

Hartley has decided to take the defense under his wing while leaving the offensive duties to longtime colleague Ben Resnick. Having played long-pole in college, Hartley is able to shed his defensive wisdom to these young boys and it’s paying dividends having held a tough Eastlake squad to 8 goals. “I don’t think you can be a great coach in this day and age in lacrosse and do both sides of the ball.” said Hartley.

“[Resnick] and I worked together, and I coached Lakeside for seven years before I took three years off here, but Ben’s got a great offensive mind and I knew that was best for the kids.”

A bright future for both these teams are ahead of them with a long season still to go. Being a non-league game, their conference records remain (1-0) for both teams with Eastlake set to host the Woodinville Falcons (0-0) on Tuesday and Lakeside will host the Seattle Prep Panthers (1-0) on Monday.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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