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Fast start leads Pacer boys to Civil War win

by: Vern Uyetake Left, Clark Salamie tries to pick up a loose ball for the Pacers in the team's win over Lake Oswego last week. Salamie scored the team's second goal of the game in the opening minutes of play. Below, Johnny Clayton celebrates a goal for the Pacers.

The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team made a statement in the opening minutes of last week's Civil War game against Lake Oswego.

The Pacers got off to a blistering start on offense, taking a 4-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest and the Lakers were never able to fully recover.

The result was a 16-7 victory that puts Lakeridge in an enviable position early in the season.

It was a frenzied opening few minutes to the game. Connor Dales got the scoring started less than 30 seconds into the contest.

Then, on the ensuing face-off, Clark Salamie received the ball and scored.

David Swanson scored less than a minute later and the Lakers were suddenly back on their heels.

"We really felt like our team was ready to play up to its potential," Lakeridge coach Curt Sheinin said.

Lakeridge led 5-0 after the first quarter but the Pacers knew there was still lots of work left to do.

In recent Civil War games, it has been proven that virtually no lead is safe.

Lake Oswego was able to rebound in the second period and get back in the game.

The Lakers began to possess the ball more and got into their offense much more effectively.

Lake Oswego scored four of its seven goals in the second quarter and trailed 8-4 at the half.

Knowing that the Lakers were primed to make a run, Lakeridge made a concerted effort to start the second half on a strong note as well.

Once again, the Pacers struck quickly and seized momentum of the game.

"We were able to maintain our level of play and we never let down," Sheinin said.

Lakeridge controlled the third quarter and began to run away with the game.

The Pacers kept Lake Oswego off the board in the third quarter and scored five more times to build a 13-4 advantage with one period to play.

Swanson had a tremendous game at midfield for Lakeridge. He helped set up an offense that was clicking on all cylinders.

"Our offense was just great. They were very effective and took care of the ball," Sheinin said.

Swanson led Lakeridge with four goals and two assists. Johnny Clayton and Blake Dutton each notched hat tricks while Dales scored twice.

For Lake Oswego, Seth Goddin and Billy Able each had two goals.

It was a big win for the Pacers who entered the game with three losses to a trio of very strong out-of-state opponents.

"I think it sets the tone for the rest of the year. We know we're always going to get a team's best game," Sheinin said.

The loss was Lake Oswego's first of the season and the team rebounded on Monday with an 18-2 victory over Clackamas.