Some would say that the strength of the Hood River Valley lacrosse team lies in its attack. Others would argue that it is the defense that makes the Eagles so tough.
And then there’s the midfield that never gets tired and lays all the hits for the attackers.
But when each group is firing on all cylinders — as they were during last Friday’s 13-7 home win over Grant — it’s downright impossible to say which unit is more valuable.
HRV played its most complete game of the season against the Generals and won its fourth straight Columbia Division matchup to go to 5-1 (5-2 overall) on the season.
“The biggest key for us is that we outworked them on both ends of the field,” said senior attacker Jon Munk, who accounted for three of the Eagles’ 13 goals. “We just came out more aggressive and never let up.”
Fellow senior Todd Anderson also notched three goals, while Corey VanDlac found the net twice. Meanwhile, senior middy Tyler Monzie led all scorers with four goals.
“I got some of the swagger back tonight,” said Monzie, who also tallied two assists. “I’ve been working on my shot a lot lately, and I was glad it all came together tonight. It’s nice to put it to these guys at home because they got us here last year.”
Monzie and his midfield mates, Jacobe Krizman, Justin Wiley and Matt Cody, were able to shut down Grant’s best midfielders, and severely limit the Generals’ shot attempts in the second half.
Defenders Nate Dethman, Todd Shypertt and John Thatcher were relentless in their pursuit of Grant’s front line, while Sean Jennings was steady in the net, giving up just three goals in the second half.
“The best part about this win was that we came from behind, took the lead and really took them out of their game,” coach Mac Jackson said. “We never let up, and the victory was built on the backs of every player.”
HRV and Grant traded goals for the first two quarters and wound up deadlocked 4-4 at halftime. Grant held the lead four times during that stretch, but the HRV attack put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
Anderson led off the scoring one-and-a-half minutes into the second half to give HRV a 5-4 lead. Munk made it 6-4 just eight seconds later after winning the faceoff and taking it the distance.
Krizman found Monzie at 5:08 to make it 7-4, and after a Grant goal at the 3:30 mark, Anderson and Munk each scored before the end of the quarter to make it 9-5.
Wiley scored his lone goal of the game one minute into the fourth quarter, before Monzie tallied two more to put the game out of reach at 12-5.
“For some reason, Grant was a lot slower this year,” Monzie said. “But maybe we’re just faster.”
HRV’s next game is Thursday at home against defending state champion Lakeridge.
The junior varsity team posted its first win last Friday by an 11-6 count over Grant. Sophomore David Voigt scored five goals to lead the way, and was complemented well by Zach Bohince and Chris Reidl. Also playing well for HRV were Jeff Kline, Tanner Hall, Alex Princehouse and Ryan Walker.