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Late rally propels LO boys lacrosse

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN,  Lake Oswego’s Ryan Hearon had a goal and three assists and won some crucial late face-offs to help lead the Lakers to a 10-8 win over Lakeridge on Tuesday.

The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team has more than rebounded from a brief rough spot and now sits with an opportunity to claim the top seed in the Three Rivers League. The Lakers remained the hottest team in the league on Tuesday when they rallied from a five-goal deficit to top rival Lakeridge 10-8.

The Pacers controlled much of the game, leading by five goals early in the second half and by three goals to start the fourth quarter. But a furious rally saw Lake Oswego score four goals in the final 2:30, clinching the team's biggest win of the year.

The first half of the game was a defensive struggle. Neither team got on the board for the first eight minutes. Lakeridge would score twice in the final 3:30 of the opening quarter, getting a nice bounce shot from Drew Haroldson with 40 seconds remaining to lead 2-1.

Lake Oswego quickly tied the game on a goal by Ryan Hearon 30 seconds into the second quarter but Lakeridge controlled much of the remainder of the period.

The Pacers earned the majority of the draws in the first half as the Lakers were repeatedly whistled for infractions. Lake Oswego's defense held strong against Lakeridge's attack but the Pacers were able to regain the lead.

Johnny Clayton scored a pair of second-quarter goals and David Salamie made a handful of nice saves to back the Lakeridge defense and the Pacers led 4-2 at the break.

"Our offense started out stagnant and we couldn't seem to stay out of the penalty box early on," Lake Oswego coach Joe O'Donnell said.

The Pacers started to take control of the game in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

Haroldson scored an early goal and the Pacers went on a run for the next three minutes.

Cole Fritz and Clayton each scored one minute apart to give the Pacers their largest lead of the game at 7-2.

But Lake Oswego wasn't daunted and went on its own impressive run. Just 40 seconds after falling behind by five goals, Seth Goddin scored on an assist from Hearon.

"We called time-out after falling behind 7-2 and told the guys to put it behind them and just start playing and they never quit," O'Donnell said.

Goddin and J.B. Holmes would score 30 second apart to make it a 7-5 game before Clayton stopped the run with his fourth goal of the evening.

Lake Oswego would squander a late man-up opportunity and trailed 8-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lake Oswego scored one minute into the final quarter when Spencer Anderson beat two defenders and tossed in a shot.

Early in the period, Lakeridge continued to attack the net but the Laker defense dug in its heels and goalie Sam Fricke repeatedly came up with big stops to keep the lead at two goals.

Lake Oswego's offense stayed patient as neither team scored for the next eight minutes. JC Vandenbrink got the Lakers a step closer in their comeback attempt on a nice assist from Hearon. Then, after Lake Oswego won another draw, Vandenbrink scored again 40 seconds later to tie the game.

Less than 30 seconds later, Lake Oswego continued to ride its momentum when Billy Able gave the Lakers their first lead of the game on yet another assist from Hearon.

Lake Oswego earned a man-up opportunity with less than a minute to play and, instead of holding the ball, Lake Oswego continued to attack and a goal from Alex Krenek with 24 seconds to play in the game to clinch the victory.

"Our kids kept their composure and this was a huge win for their confidence. We've known all along they had the talent it was just getting the guys to believe and stick to the game plan," O'Donnell said.

With the win, Lake Oswego moved into a tie with Lakeridge in the Three Rivers League, one game behind West Linn. The Lakers will take on West Linn again on Monday and will also look to exact revenge on Canby to close out the regular season. Lakeridge and West Linn will square off in the final regular season game of the season.

The Lake Oswego girls picked up a convincing victory over Lakeridge on Tuesday 20-5 to sweep the Civil War series this year and stay unbeaten atop the league standings.

Lake Oswego received a very balanced scoring attack, getting goals from 10 different players. Lexi Cheetham and Madeline Reece each had four goals while Lily Newman had a hat trick to go along with four assists.

Alyssa Dragelin had three goals and two assists for the Lakers. Lake Oswego won 19 draws in the game with Newman and Siobhan Mead each capturing five.

For Lakeridge, Kori Mohr and Maddie Hearn each scored two goals.