Lincoln High School proved to be the Eagles' biggest rival of the lacrosse season during Friday night's third round playoff match. In their third meeting of the season, Hood River fell to Lincoln a third time, this time by one goal.
Tied 6-6 late in the fourth quarter, both teams battled hard for one final goal. Lincoln got the break, scoring the game-winner off a shot from midfield that snuck past a screen and into the goal.
"The game was frustrating in that we came so close and did not win it," coach Mac Jackson said. "It was a low scoring defense-dominated game with us coming on hard at the end."
The Eagles started off with a tough first half, falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter and 3-1 by half time. "Our defensemen Alex Princehouse, Luke McCarthy and Peter Guth had a very good game," said Jackson. "They limited Lincoln's strong attack unit to only two goals. Princehouse had his best game of the year, playing good one-on-one defense against an all league attackman."
In the third quarter, Hood River matched Lincoln's two goals for a 5-3 deficit going in to the fourth. The Eagles rose to the occasion, playing by far their best offensive quarter and scoring three goals to Lincoln's one to tie the game 6-6 with six minutes left in the game. Lincoln shut down Hood River's offense in the final minutes, however, and defeated the Eagles for the third time this season.
"We beat Lincoln on ground balls, 47-29," commented Jackson. "Our clears were much improved, and we did a good job of passing the ball out of our end. Lincoln had a lot of penalties, 13 to our 4, as they became frustrated. We just needed to play better settled and man-up offense to pump in a few more goals and win it."
Zach Bohince scored three goals for the Eagles, one of which was a game-highlight lightening-fast dodge past Lincoln's defensive wall. Chris Riedl was marked the entire game and was shut down to one goal and one assist. Josh McHale and Casey Vannet had a goal each and Paul Spaulding, Alex Princehouse, and Terry Sanders chipped in with an assist each.