The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team put a spirited fight against a Lincoln team that is unbeaten against Oregon opponents this year but a third quarter rally fell short in a 14-8 quarterfinal loss.
The Lakers got off to a slow start in the first half as the Cardinals dominated time of possession and meticulously built up a large lead. Lincoln was quick to ground balls and very sharp on face-offs leading to plenty of scoring opportunities.
"We just didn't have the ball as much as we would have liked. We changed our game plan a little because we didn't want to get into an up and down game with them but possession hurt us and we dug ourselves too deep of a hole," coach Marc Torrey said.
Lake Oswego trailed 9-2 at the half and the Cardinals seemed ready to punch their ticket to the Final Four. But the Lakers opened the second half with renewed intensity.
Lake Oswego took it to the top ranked team in the state, scoring four straight goals to open the half to get back in the game.
"The sideline was just erupting. It was a huge momentum swing and we were right there," Torrey said.
Torrey opted to move Seth Goddin from midfield to attack and the team's offense found its stride, scoring multiple goals in quick succession.
"When we had the ball we proved that we could score against them. It was really just us hustling more," Torrey said.
JC Vandenbrink had a nice game both scoring and distributing and Billy Able was the team's leading goal scorer for the contest.
But Lincoln was able to absorb Lake Oswego's run and eventually regrouped. The Cardinals slowed the tempo of the game down and were able to win loose balls and some crucial face-offs.
Lincoln ran time off the clock and steadily rebuilt its advantage, pulling away late in the fourth quarter.
"They're just too dangerous and too smart. Their kids did a nice job of adjusting," Torrey said.
The loss ends a successful Lake Oswego season that saw the team lose just four games. The Lakers had wins against two of the four teams to make the Final Four this year and return a very strong group next spring.
"Our core has been our junior class and our sophomores really progressed nicely. We'll be pretty talented and the coaches are excited," Torrey said.