Fresh off an exhilarating league win over Grant last Friday, the Hood River Valley lacrosse team took on a new challenge Thursday, when defending state champion Lakeridge came to town.
And, while the Eagles played a spirited game for the first two-and-a-half quarters, the Pacers’ experience and patience proved to be the difference as they handed HRV a 13-7 loss — the Eagles’ first setback in five games.
“We spent too much time on defense and had trouble moving the ball upfield on offense,” coach Mac Jackson said. “We also needed more passing and off-the-ball movement.”
After a balanced first half, in which both teams exhibited both strong offense and defense, Lake-ridge eventually wore down the HRV midfielders with sharp, accurate passing and elusive runs into the attack zone.
The Pacers led by two goals (6-4) at halftime, but didn’t see another goal until the 7:30 mark of the third quarter. But another strike at 3:42 put Lakeridge ahead 8-4, and appeared to give them new life.
However, the Eagles (5-1 league, 5-3 overall) weren’t about to back down. Just 40 seconds later, attackers Jon Munk and Todd Anderson hooked up on a surprise play behind the goal to keep the Eagles close at 8-5.
But Lakeridge added another goal with 1:30 left in the quarter, and one more just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, to reclaim control at 10-5.
Eagles senior midfielder
Jacobe Krizman staved off the inevitable with an unassisted strike at the 10:26 mark, but back-to-back Lakeridge goals at 6:50 and 5:30 sealed the game for the Pacers.
“We now know what we have to work on to improve our game and beat teams like Lakeridge,” Jackson said. “We just need to find a way to put it all together.”
Jackson pointed to standout efforts by goalie Sean Jennings (19 saves), Krizman, Anderson and defender Todd Shypertt, who was playing with an injured shoulder.
Anderson led the Eagles with three goals, while Krizman had two, Munk one, and sophomore Casey Vannet one.
HRV will host another non-league game tonight versus Sprague (7 p.m.), and then travel to Portland Monday for a rematch with Grant.