PORTLAND — If there was ever a time to panic, now might be it for the Hood River Valley lacrosse team.
The Eagles dropped their third straight league game Tuesday at Oregon Episcopal School, and have gone from 5-1 to 5-4, seemingly overnight.
“It’s still up in the air,” said coach Mac Jackson, whose team lost to OES 15-5 on Tuesday and 15-7 last Friday. “There are still quite a few division games left for the contenders, and what we need to do is finish strong and beat Wilson on May 16.”
Second-place Grant and fourth-place Lincoln still must play each other twice, while Grant still must face OES once more. Only three Columbia Division teams will make the playoffs, so Jackson and the Eagles must take care of Wilson to increase their chances.
“Wilson’s record isn’t great, but they are getting stronger,” he said. “They just beat Lincoln 9-5 the other night, and we’re going to have our hands full.”
The Eagles also have a non-league game with Sunset scheduled for Monday in Portland, and hope to remove some of the sting from Tuesday’s loss.
“We got off to a slow start in both halves,” Jackson said. “I would have liked to have seen us play a little higher quality game and move the ball better on offense. Our defensive coverage could have also been better.”
Jon Munk led the Eagles with two goals and an assist, while Todd Anderson and Jacobe Krizman each had a goal and an assist. Justin Wiley scored the fifth goal.