HRV LACROSSE players pose with the Cascade Cup, t-shirts, and medals awarded to them following the team’s 11-10 victory over LaSalle in Hillsboro on Saturday. The turf field and temperatures over 90 degrees made for an extremely hot game (notice the ice at bottom).
As of Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The HRV boys lacrosse have been crowned the Cascade Cup kings, defeating LaSalle Catholic College Preparatory, 11-10 at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday, winning the first cup in HRV history.
And like many other historical successions to thrones, this one was a battle.
Road accidents, hot weather, the SATs and multiple injuries conspired to keep HRV from winning the cup. Unsuccessfully, of course.
“In reality, all odds were against us,” said coach Matt Luchsinger. “That’s why I’m proud of these guys. To be able to win the Cascade Cup, which nobody thought we’d be able to do, is huge.”
Getting to the game on time was a challenge, with the Rose Festival and an accident on I-84 putting HRV behind schedule. Top defender Torsenn Brown and top defender Alex Buschaver were tied up with standardized testing, with Brown arriving after warmups, and Buschaver not arriving until after the game had started.
Luchsinger said LaSalle “came out charging and the got the first goal of the game pretty fast,” then added another to go up 2-0. HRV battled back and tied it up and the broke the game open in the second quarter, controlling the ball and outshooting the Falcons at a 2:1 ratio, although Luchsinger noted that “we were getting really unlucky with a lot of our shots,” with balls bouncing off the pipes as well as other players.
Thanks to the strong second quarter, HRV was able to push out its lead to 7-4 by halftime, during which players stood around in buckets of ice, with the temperatures over 90 degrees and the turf field making conditions extremely uncomfortable.
“Everyone’s feet were just on fire,” Luchsinger noted.
Things changed in the third quarter, though.
“We pushed the ball ahead and we kind of got ahead of ourselves,” Luchsinger explained. “Our guys started breaking down because of the heat.”
Making matters worse were injuries. Defender Cullen Bryant had to sub out due to a shoulder injury in the end of the first quarter, and defender Kiefer Kreps, who had received a “pretty hard hit to the back of the head” at the end of the second, subbed out in the third due to dizziness and nausea, leaving HRV down defenders. Long stick middie Alex Ellifritz moved to close-in defense, Luchsinger said and middie Elliot Cramer was given “a pole” to become a long stick midfielder, which he played last year.
LaSalle was able to come within one, but attack Jackson Lebsack “got a goal that in my opinion totally switched the momentum,” Luchsinger said, who received a skip pass from behind the net from Levi Glass to score eight yards out to make it 10-8 with a few minutes left in the fourth. Midfielder Bruce Ostler nailed a behind-the-back goal with two minutes left to seal the deal for HRV and although LaSalle answered with two goals, including one with just one second left, the victory was HRVs.
Leading the game in goals for HRV was Brown with five. Other scorers included Lebsack (2), Glass (1), Ostler (1), Ben Van Hoose (1), and Henry Barton (1). Cramer was huge on ground balls, winning eight, and Mikey Hall, who made 10 saves, including a one-on-one from point-blank range.
Luchsinger was pleased with No. 3 HRV’s postseason run, defeating No. 14 Rex Putnam, No. 6 Grant, and No. 7 Canby on its way to the finals. The team loses seniors Kreps, Buschaver, and goalie Dallen Olmstead (although Luchsinger said he left the team at the end of the regular season), but should be in a great position next year.
“We are an upcoming team that can do some serious damage,” he said. “I think next year we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”