The Eagles' lacrosse team suffered a painful playoff loss Wednesday at South Salem High School, resulting in an abrupt end to one of the most winning seasons in HRV lacrosse history. For the second game in a row Hood River lost by a single goal- this time 8-7.
Hood River led the Saxons in all but the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Ahead by as much as three goals, twice, the Eagles kept the upper hand for most of the game. The Saxons refused to give Hood River momentum, however, and came back to within one point at the end of the first three quarters.
"We led and dominated for most of the game," coach Mac Jackson said. "We did not put them away like we should have and it hurt to lose one like that. We had a lead of three goals twice. But, we let them hang in there, and come back each time - finally, they made a run that overtook us in the fourth quarter."
Hood River led 1-0 after the first quarter, 3-2 after the second, and 5-4 after the third. In the fourth quarter the Saxons outscored the Eagles four goals to two, stealing the win and advancing to the next round of the state playoffs.
Despite the loss, Hood River played a strong game. They beat South Salem 59-41 on ground balls and won 61 percent of face-offs. Attacker Zach Bohince had a standout performance, racking up three goals and two assists. Paul Spaulding, Chris Reidl, Terry Sanders, and Casey Vannet all had one goal each.
"Zach Bohince proved he is a playoff-type player," Jackson said. "Zed Debbaut started his first game at attack and did an excellent job— he had 1 assist and created several other opportunities. Our defense and middies cleared the ball well most of the game, something we have been working on improving. We also out-shot them, but many of our shots were not well placed or hard enough. Their goalie did play a good game and was particularly tough on outside shots."
Sportsmanship was a definite highlight of the game. Both teams played clean and fair. After the game, fans gave a standing ovation to the Eagles and the Saxons as the teams shook hands at center field.