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The Glencoe boys lacrosse team defies odds all the way to the state quarterfinals before losing to Sunset

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Glencoe lacrosse players celebrate after their playoff win over Sherwood at Sherwood High School this past season.In a year somewhat devoid of upsets, the Glencoe boys lacrosse team beat the odds by advancing to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association quarterfinals before losing Friday, May 26 to Sunset, 10-5.

After an up-and-down season that included both a 10 and five game winning streak, six game losing streak, and a Pacific Conference title, the Tide defeated both Sheldon and Sherwood before falling to the No. 3-ranked Apollos on the road.

"Sunset's a tough team and some of the things that have plagued us versus good teams this year, plagued us tonight," said Tolzman.

Even with this year's success and the strides that Tolzman's program is making, the coach acknowledges there's still a ways to go in-order to catch up to the "Sunset's" of the lacrosse world.

"Sunset has a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Junior Varsity 2. They have three seven/eighth grade teams and we have one. And they have three five/six teams and we have one," said the coach. "So we're looking at a deeper pool of talent and a mismatch of athletes."

But despite the numbers and talent discrepancy, Tolzman is excited for the prospects of next year's squad. He said they're losing some talent in the midfield and a couple big poles defensively, but if they can fill those spots and can continue to develop as a defense, they'll be tough again.

"We look solid for next season," said the coach. "We'll put in some good work in the offseason and we return some really talented kids. These kids want to be successful, so I'm excited."

Tolzman, who's an intense competitor, lamented the season-ending loss but also appreciated his team's effort and spoke fondly of the season as a whole.

"I'm proud of my kids," said Tolzman. "We've go a gritty type of kid that are all 'yes coach' kids, and because of that this has been my most enjoyable year in my 14 years of coaching."

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