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Lakeridge boys lacrosse team makes easy work of Roseburg

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Max Schlesinger winds up on a shot during Monday’s 19-0 playoff victory over Roseburg. Schlesinger finished with a team-high six goals.

The scoreboard read 19-0, but the Lakeridge boys lacrosse team could have made its second-round playoff victory over Roseburg even more lopsided if it had wanted.

The disparity in talent was clearly evident as the Pacers were often able to put together a series of crisp passes that resulted in easy goals. The Indians, on the other hand, often had trouble completing more than two passes in succession.

So, it wasn't much of a surprise when Lakeridge needed slightly less than a minute to score the game's first goal. Nor was it too shocking that the Pacers averaged a goal every 90 seconds through the first half.

They led 8-0 after the first quarter and 15-0 at halftime. By then, Lakeridge coach Curt Sheinin had seen enough and he decided to turn the second half into a game of keep-away.

'Well, we came out focused,' Sheinin said of his team's effort. 'We played so well, and the ball movement was very, very good … We haven't seen that kind of ball movement in a few games - not since we lost Brett Klitz with his torn ACL (which happened in a late-season game against Lake Oswego).'

Despite the injury, Klitz was named a first-team all-league midfielder earlier this week. That could prove to be a costly injury if the Pacers once again advance deep into the state playoffs.

'That was a big blow for us,' Sheinin said. 'Because Brett is kind of the heart and sole of our team. And he was the kid that really made the offense flow.'

But it hardly seemed to matter that Klitz had to watch Tuesday's game from the sideline.

With attackmen Max Schlesinger and Danny Purcell, midfielder Joe Cramer, long-pole middie Anthony Marincovich, defensemen Spenser Halvorsen and Grant Neely and goalie Cooper Robbins also making first-team all-league, the Pacers still had plenty of firepower left on the field. In fact, the Pacers had more weapons than the Indians could keep track of.

It didn't take Roseburg long to figure out that Schlesinger was an important player, though. He finished with a team-high six goals. Andrew Clayton, who made second-team all-league, added three goals to the cause.

Purcell, Cramer and Jordan Schrader each chipped in a pair of goals. And Corey Rosenfeld, James Higgins, Lane Fritz and Halvorsen all had one tally each.

'Everybody stepped up,' Sheinin said. 'Everybody was looking for the open man. We were making crisp passes and we really weren't throwing anything away.'

The Pacers also kept possession for long stretches, thanks to the fact that they won virtually every face-off in the first half. When Roseburg did manage to get the ball into the offensive zone, Lakeridge's defense often stole it right back. And when Roseburg managed one of its rare shot attempts, Robbins was like a stone wall in front of the net.

It was no wonder that Roseburg's bus driver decided to warm up the bus at halftime. But at least he didn't leave without the team.