The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team cruised in its first playoff game this spring, pounding Southridge 17-3 on Tuesday. The Pacers didn't give the visiting Skyhawks much of a chance, jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter and never looking back.
Lakeridge controlled possession for the majority of the game and found the open man on offense repeatedly for easy shots. The final score probably could have been even more lopsided but Lakeridge missed a handful of shots near the net in the contest.
The Pacers got on the board just one minute into the game on a pretty shot by David Swanson. A little over a minute later, Johnny Clayton received the ball behind the Southridge net and hit a cutting Blake Dutton for a score.
And 25 seconds later, after winning the face-off, Lakeridge ran a virtually identical play with Clayton hitting Swanson for an easy goal to make it 3-0 in the first three minutes.
Alberto Cristobal would also score in the first quarter on a pass from Brandon Loiler and Clayton would score a goal of his own off a feed from Connor Dales to make it 5-0.
A man-up goal early in the second quarter made it 6-0 before Southridge finally got on the board. Swanson and Dales would each score in the second quarter. Dales' goal came on a rebound that he tossed in with just three seconds left in the half that made it 8-1 at the break.
Drew Haroldson scored back-to-back goals to open up the third quarter and Lakeridge was able to cruise to a win.
Lakeridge now gears up for a terrific quarterfinal match when it hosts perennial power OES on Friday at 7 p.m.