News staff writer
May 20, 2006
The Hood River fans outnumbered those of Grant in the stands Tuesday, at Grant’s home field.
In their two meetings during the regular season, the Hood River Valley Eagles’ lacrosse team could not manage a win against the eventual number-two finisher in the Columbia East. In their first game of the season, they lost to the Generals 10-8, and at the end of the regular season, after leading the game at halftime, Hood River let up and lost 7-6.
But the Eagles won when it mattered most.
In a game to determine which team would advance to the playoffs with the third seed and which would advance with the fourth seed, the Eagles pulled of an 8-6 upset over the Generals, who finished 12-3 in the regular season.
“The win shows the character and determination of this team - to beat teams that have beaten us before, on their home field and in the playoffs,” Coach Mac Jackson commented. “Everything has come together, and it is a real tribute to the work and perseverance of this team. We are playing our best lacrosse right now and things we had difficulty doing at the beginning of the season are becoming strengths in our game.”
The entire team came together for the win.
Offensively, seven of the eight goals were assisted, meaning the boys are putting together strategic attacks and working together, not just relying on the skill of one or two hot shooters. And on defense, the boys are sliding well, clearing cleanly and keeping otherwise effective scorers marked and out of the game. That’s not to mention goalie Dustyn Lyons coming up with 15 saves for a 71-percent save total against Grant alone.
The win means the Eagles will play the number-two seed from Willamette on Wednesday. That game will be at either Salem or Roseburg, edpending on the outcome of those teams’ games yesterday.
Ian Bohince — 4 goals, 1 assist
Alex Evans — 1 goal, 4 assists
Eli Camero — 2 goals
Henry Hunt — 1 goal, 1 assist
Jon Ing — 1 assist