Revamped Eagle lacrosse team destroys Sprague in playoff opener

May 21, 2011

This wasn't blackjack, so the Hood River Valley lacrosse team didn't bust out with its 22nd and 23rd goals against Sprague in a 23-5 win over the Olympians in the first round of the state playoffs Wednesday.

Okay, the Eagles busted out, but in a completely different way.

Playing with an adjusted line up due to a few players being ineligible, HRV demolished Sprague to move on to the second round at Sherwood Friday.

"Toward the end of our season we had a mishaps with a few players and we had to prove that we can still get it done on offense and we are not just any one person," HRV attackman Ryan Foster said.

Foster was one of four Eagles with a hat trick or better in the game.

Andrew Thompson led the scoring effort with six goals, while Foster, Taylor Cramer and Gabe Holste had three goals each.

Brendan Kerr, Eric Nance and Jacob McHale also got into the multiple goal scoring with two each.

After spending most of the first half of the season as a second half team, the Eagles have been coming out of the gate quick as of late in a win over Central Catholic to end the regular season and then dropping the hammer on Sprague moments into the game.

Thompson opened the scoring at the three-minute mark, and within the next seven minutes the Eagles were already up 6-0.

The Eagles kept pouring it on and by halftime were up 13-2.

Everything after that was relatively academic in the final result.

Cramer and Holste both moved into the starting lineup for HRV and both delivered exactly what coach Mac Jackson wanted to see - no let down and the same level of offense the Eagles have come to expect.

"He's a crease guy and he's very crafty inside," Jackson said of Cramer. "It wasn't the first time he's scored on varsity but he hasn't had a hat trick or a game like that."

The Eagles were knocked to No. 3 in the league standings after demoralizing losses to Oregon Episcopal and Lincoln.

"We've been through a lot," Jackson said. "We got to be No. 3 because of some close highly contested games and because of that we are playing hard."

The low point for HRV came in a 17-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal two weeks ago.

"That was a mess up that was bad, we did everything bad and they did everything good," Thompson said.

Against Sprague, the shoe was on the other foot, as the Eagles could do no wrong, and Sprague could do nothing right.

Many of the Eagles goals came in bunches, with many of the scoring runs answering any goal Sprague managed to put in the net.

The Eagles scored three goals in a little over a minute between the first and second quarters, then added three more in a two-minute span just before the half.

The Eagles then opened the second half with six unanswered goals to completely take Sprague out of the game.

By the fourth quarter, the Eagles were cheering every time one of their defensemen got the ball, hoping that everyone would wind up scoring.

Not quite everyone scored, but every attacker and middie did get on the scoresheet.

"They key to everything is winning ground balls and playing good defense," Jackson said. "We are making some smart decisions and working for good shots."

The Eagles were set to play at Sherwood (15-1 overall, 7-1 league, 2nd in Northwest league) Friday with the winner moving on to play at Glencoe Wednesday.

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