By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
May 31, 2006
The Hood River Valley Eagles’ lacrosse team challenged Lakeridge Friday night in the second round of the state championships. The Pacers are the defending state champions, and they kept their 18-game winning streak and undefeated season alive with a 18-5 victory over the Eagles.
The end of the season for Hood River did not come without a fight, however. As rain poured down on Lakeridge’s turf field, the Eagles came out firing in the first quarter and caught the Pacers off-guard with two quick goals. Goalie Dustyn Lyons then made a save and the Eagles’ defense worked the ball up field to the attack, where Lakeridge was called for slashing penalty to give a Hood River man-up situation. The Pacers called a time out to collect themselves.
By the end of the first quarter the score was tied 2-2. The home team would outscore the Eagles five goals to two in the second quarter to end the half 7-4.
In the second half the state champions proved why they hold the title and have not lost a game in over two seasons. The rain would continue through the final quarters, literally from the sky and figuratively from the Pacers.
The loss brings to a close a somewhat surprising post-season for the Eagles, who won their three playoff games against supposed better teams.
They first defeated Wilson High 9-6 in a do-or-die match to be able to play in the state tournament. The next round was a seeding match against Grant, a team that slipped by the Eagles twice during the regular season. The Eagles beat the Columbia East’s second place team 8-6 to take the better seed going into the first round of the state championships. Last week the boys traveled to South Salem to take on the Willamette North League’s number-one team, the Saxons, where they won a gripping double-overtime match, 10-9, against the same team that eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs last season.
2006 Columbia All-Stars:
Paul Spaulding —
2nd team, attack
Tony Guisto —
honorable, long-stick middie
Tanner Hall —
honorable mention, defense
Ian Bohince —
honorable mention, midfield