More spring ran ushered in a match-up between the 2010 Idaho state Timberline Wolves and Lake Oswego’s Lakeridge Pacers. From the beginning, the tone of the game was set by the Lakeridge defense. Timberline struggled with their clears, mainly because of the hard rides dealt by the Pacers. Time and time again, the Wolves would make a stop, turn the ball over mid-clear. Timberline did not get a shot on the cage until there were only 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
Two northwest champions collided Saturday night. The Washington 2010 state champion Bellevue Wolverines; hosted the 2010 Oregon champion Lincoln Cardinals. A big crowd was on hand hoping for some exciting lacrosse. The teams didn’t disappoint.
After a disappointing loss to Bainbridge in the "Spartan Battle", Claremont came ready to play a younger team from Vegas, in Palo Verde. the Spartans started early amassing 7 points in the first half, to PV's 2, but a strong second half made the game a little closer. Palo Verde had a real challenge clearing the ball, and though goalie Brock Lords stood on his head jumping and diving to make saves, it wouldn't be enough to stem the Spartan assault.
The Spartans started slow, after a big win yesterday over the Claremont Spartans, trailing 8-4 down to the fourth quarter. In a contested battle, their 5-goal run in the fourth quarter made a laundry-filled game one of the best of the weekend.
By McNutty From the opening face-off the New West Hyacks showed that this was going to be a fast-paced game. OES goalkeeper Austin Lewis made a great save on the opening possession but Josh Byrne buried the rebound to give the Hyacks an early lead. Martin Winter tied it up later with a nifty lefty shot from the island. But then New West’s Anthony Malcolm took two face-offs to the net within 30 seconds and the first quarter ends with a 3-1 New West lead.
It’s fun to watch the differences in the games of Canadian field lacrosse teams against those of Americans. The Canadian parents and coaches, yell things differently than we are used to hearing. “We’re on power-play!”, “Get the Loosey!” and “That’s not a crease dive!” are all things that make a fan realize these boys have honed their stick skills in a cement barn. And that’s a good thing. Today at Islander Middle School, two of these teams took on foes from Nevada and Oregon.
Mercer Island's Connor Bernal opened up scoring with two unassisted goals in the 2:3 formation. Sunset's Curtis Eschman answered on Sunset's possession on a nice bouncer. Mercer Island remained in control with goals from Doug Mahony and Matt Shields. The score at the end of the first quarter was 4-1. Strong face-off play from Colton Knebel gave Mercer Island lots of possession time. Also, their rebuilt defense pressured the Apollos and kept them from scoring. Sunset refocused and picked up their intensity with Nathaniel Berry scoring two unassisted goals. Bernal scored a hat trick off a face dodge and with seven seconds remaining in the half Bernal hit Knebel for a time and room goal. Mercer Island led 7-4 at half time.