By DAVE LEDER
News staff writer
HERMISTON — Tuesday’s league matchup with Hermiston didn’t start the way the Hood River Valley lacrosse team expected it to, with the Bulldogs scoring twice in the first 1:30 to take a 2-0 lead.
But despite the slow start, it would be all HRV for the next 46:30, as the Eagles scored 21 unanswered goals to win their seventh game in a row, 21-2.
Senior Zach Bohince got the scoring started at the 9:54 mark with the first of his three goals, while sophomore Jon Ing netted two goals in the course of 16 seconds to give HRV a 3-2 lead after one quarter of play.
The Eagles went on to score five in the second, six in the third, and seven in the fourth to walk away with their second Columbia Division victory and seventh win overall (7-0, 2-0).
“We were a little overconfident and started off sluggish against a team that was ready to go,” HRV coach Mac Jackson said. “But we played progressively better in each of the next three quarters.”
Senior Chris Riedl led the Eagles’ offensive attack with five goals and two assists. Senior middy Josh McHale scored four goals and added an assist, while Paul Spaulding, Casey Vannet and Ing each scored twice.
Terry Sanders scored a goal and delivered three assists, David Voigt had a goal and an assist, Peter Debbaut scored a goal, and Bohince added a team-high four assists.
“Our last few goals came off a series of good passes, so it was good to see us play our game toward the end,” Jackson said. “Once we got our offense going, we walked away feeling satisfied with how we had played.”
Jackson complimented the Bulldogs on their much-improved play over last year. He said the final score was more indicative of where his team is at.
“We’ve improved so much as a team since last year, but we need to keep getting better,” he said. “We are going to have a battle on our hands Friday against Lincoln, and we have to be at our best.”
The Cardinals are traditionally one of the better teams in the Columbia Division, and they return five all-division players this year in their search for a league title.
A full report on Friday’s game will appear in the April 13 edition. Visit www.oregonlax.com for more.