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Lions top Riverdale 12-4 in boys

The Riverdale boys lacrosse team might be having second thoughts about joining the Three Rivers League this year.

The Mavericks got a rough welcoming to the league when they suffered a convincing 12-4 setback against West Linn Tuesday night.

The Lions were never really threatened in the contest. They led 5-1 after one period, 8-3 at halftime and 11-3 through three periods.

The outcome could have been even more lopsided but head coach Mark Flood pulled back the reins a bit on his team's offense on the final stanza. Plus, Riverdale's decision to go to a zone defense in the second half also helped hold the scoring down.

The best news of the night was the return of team leader Ryan Janoff, who missed the early part of the season with a concussion. He appeared to at 100 percent the first time he touched the ball, when he blew past a defender and scored with ease. Janoff finished the game with two goals and two assists.

The team's scoring leader was Janoff's younger brother, Jeff, who had three goals. The Lions also got two goals each from Eddy O'Mara and Ian Boucher. O'Mara also added an assist to the cause. And Spencer Smith, Shannon Sirvaitis and Maks Gerber rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. It was the kind of game where it was hard to pick out the recipient for the game ball.

'Everybody looked good and played hard,' Flood said. 'That's a good sign, especially coming off spring break.'

Also returning to action for the first time this season was the team's top defender - Nick Peppler, who earlier had suffered a severely sprained ankle.

However, he was not at full speed for Tuesday's game. But Flood expected his star defender to be 100 percent by next Tuesday's crucial league contest against defending state champion Lakeridge.

That Lakeridge game will cap a brutal stretch of contests in a one-week span. It will start with Thursday's home against Lincoln, a state semifinalist last year.

On Saturday, the Lions will travel to Oregon Episcopal School, which has played in the last four state title games. Then there's next Tuesday's game against Lakeridge.

One interesting side note to the Riverdale game was the fact that Parker Nichol started on the attack line after playing two quarters in the junior varsity game at Rosemont Middle School.