by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Spencer Anderson runs past a Summit defender in Lake Oswego’s second-round victory.

The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team cruised in a pair of early playoff games, easily qualifying for the quarterfinals where it now awaits the defending state champion Lincoln Cardinals.

The Lakers opened postseason play with a 14-5 victory over Beaverton. After somewhat of a slow start, Lake Oswego opened up a lead in the second quarter and never looked back.

The Beavers hung with the Lakers early thanks in large part to the play of their face-off man who helped give his team possession.

But Lake Oswego's defense was up to the challenge, forcing numerous turnovers and contesting shots all evening. Goalie Nathan Duletzke also had a strong game in front of the net.

"In the playoffs possession is so key. It took us a little while but we were able to break away," coach Marc Torrey said.

On offense, J.C. Vandenbrink led the way with four goals and two assists.

Seth Goddin added a hat trick with two assists and Jon Holmes scored twice.

That set-up a long road trip for the Lakers as they traveled to take on Summit.

While the Lakers entered the game as heavy favorites, the contest provided a challenge as not only did it involve a three and a half hour bus ride, but Lake Oswego also knew very little about its opponent.

"They don't play many teams in the Portland area so we just had to go out and stick to our own game," Torrey said.

The Lakers spent the first quarter shaking off the rust from the long trip and played Summit to an early 2-2 tie.

"We were slow getting off the bus but we didn't panic. We knew we still had the firepower to pull away," Torrey said.

And that's exactly what happened. The Lakers ran off nine unanswered goals in the second quarter to blow the game open en route to a 17-3 win.

Both Goddin and Holmes had strong games shooting the ball and Ryan Hearon did a nice job on face-offs as the Lakers were able to control possession.

While the game was a means to an end in reaching the quarterfinals, it also served as a good team bonding experience as the Lakers prepare for their biggest game of the season.

"I can't say enough about Summit's program. They're a total class act," Torrey said.

The Lakers will take on Lincoln this Friday and the Cardinals are unbeaten in Oregon this year.

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