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Spring break trip is bonding experience for Eagles’ lacrosse team

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

April 1, 2006

Athletes and coaches spend several hours a day together, five days a week, and often more on the weekends. The time translates to weeks in each other’s company by the end of even a short three-month season.

Because of this, bonding together is an integral part of any successful team. A squad of athletes must be able to get along, travel well together and support one another off their playing surface as much as they must come together while in competition.

And the Hood River Valley High School varsity lacrosse team is no different.

The squad of boys, led by head coach Mac Jackson, returned Wednesday from a bonding trip, of sorts, to Seattle. The team had two games and five practices in the five-day spring break trip up north in what could be the coming-together of a very competitive team this season.

“It was our second annual trip to Seattle, and it went very well,” Jackson said. “We improved a lot and came together as a team. We practiced and played on turf fields so we could get more experience on that surface. We felt we improved our game by the trip and we are ready for league play. It also brings our team together as we learn to travel, live and work together.”

While in Seattle, the Eagles played against Overlake and Bellevue high schools. Overlake is a small private school with a college-level turf field. The Eagles took charge and controlled the Washington team from the opening face-off. After a 3-0 first-quarter lead, Hood River controlled the game and took a 9-2 victory.

“We controlled the ball in the middle of the field and played some solid defense, giving them few opportunities,” Jackson said. “Overall, it was a team win, with everyone contributing to the victory.”

Leading the game on offense was Paul Spaulding, who had a hat trick. Will Kline chipped in with a goal from the middie position, and at attack Jacob Bohince scored one, Henry Hunt had a goal and two assists and Eli Camero had a goal and an assist. Defensively, Tony Guisto, Cameron Kiyokawa, John Wadman, Tanner Hall, Justin Tolentino and goalie Dustyn Lyons guarded the crease, controlled the backfield and effectively shut down Overlake’s offensive game.

The Eagles’ second game of the week, against Bellevue, went to the home team. The Wolverines’ lacrosse squad is currently tied for second place in Washington and the team played a tactical and aggressive game against the Eagles for a 6-2 victory.

“They executed well on offense, showing us a lot of movement,” Jackson commented. “And they played a tight, aggressive defense, which was backed up by a good goalie. We played well in the first quarter and second half but gave up three in a poor second quarter to put us down 5-0 at half.”

After halftime, the Eagles stepped up their game and outscored the Wolverines two goals to one. Ian Bohince and Eli Camero scored the Eagles’ two goals while Lyons had a solid showing in the goal with 12 saves.

“Despite the loss, the game showed that we have improved and can be competitive with top-level teams,” Jackson said. “We just need to believe in ourselves, play with intensity and execute.”

Next games:

April 4 —

JV, HOME vs. Cleveland 4 p.m.

April 7 —

Home vs. Franklin 7 p.m.

April 11 —

At Lincoln 8 p.m.

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