As the 2003 lacrosse season enters the home stretch, every league game is critical for Hood River Valley, which sits at 5-2 in the Columbia Division after Monday’s 7-5 loss to Grant.
The Eagles (6-4 overall) were riding a four-game conference win streak heading in, but the Generals hunkered down on defense and shut down the HRV attack during the final six minutes of the game.
“We didn’t have the explosion we usually have on offense,” coach Mac Jackson said. “Any time the score is that low, you want to develop a rhythm so you can come out on top. But we never found our rhythm.”
Senior Jon Munk led the attack with two goals, while Jacobe Krizman, Will Galvin and Casey Vannet each netted one.
Jackson praised the Grant goalie for his ability to stop HRV’s low shots, and said that he wished his attackers had gone high on a few of their attempts.
“We went low on some of the shots we should have gone high with,” he said. “The goalie did a great job, though. We just didn’t go after them the way we have been doing the past few games.”
The setback was HRV’s second in three games, but just their first league loss since an April 8 defeat at Lincoln. The Cardinals sit at 3-2 in league play, while Grant is at 4-2.
Friday’s opponent, Oregon Episcopal School, is 4-0 in league and 9-0 overall. The Eagles haven’t beaten OES the past few seasons, and would like to avenge a 10-8 home loss last year.
“Everyone is right in there with us,” Jackson said. “We only have three league games left and two are against OES. We really need to step it up and get at least one against them.”
HRV hosts the Aardvarks at 7 p.m. Friday at Henderson Stadium, and will travel to Portland on May 6 for the rematch. The Eagles’ final league game will be May 16 at home versus Wilson.