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Lakeridge boys lacrosse team handles Lions again


The Pacers move a big step closer to the league title with a 12-6 victory

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's JR McLaughlin makes a pass near the West Linn net in the Pacers' 12-6 victory over the Lions at home on Tuesday. The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team scored another big victory on Tuesday, taking down West Linn for the second time this year to stay unbeaten against Oregon opponents.

The Pacers jumped out to a big first-half lead to put West Linn in an early hole again. The Lions then rallied to make it a two-goal game but Lakeridge impressively regained focused and dominated the final quarter for a 12-6 victory.

Lakeridge opened the game aggressively, putting plenty of pressure on the Lions on both offense and defense.

Tyler Rich got the scoring started three minutes into the contest. The Pacers dominated possession in the first quarter and out-hustled the Lions to ground balls.

Goalie Brooks Dutton also made a pair of nice saves early to thwart the Lions.

Lonzo Cristobal would score off a rebound midway through the period and Rich would score again with 16 seconds left in the quarter to make it a 3-0 lead.

While it was an intense and physical came throughout, it was also a relatively clean game without a single penalty called in the first quarter.

Lakeridge continued its strong play early in the second quarter, getting a goal from Michael Ashworth on an assist by JR McLaughlin and then another goal from Ashworth midway through the period to go up 5-0.

West Linn finally got on the board with five minutes left in the game but Lakeridge's defense continued to clamp down to avoid a momentum shift.

McLaughlin would score with 19 seconds left in the half to bump the lead to 6-1.

However, West Linn would muster a rally in the third period. The Lions reined in their careless turnovers and scored a pair of goals midway through the quarter to make it 6-3.

Lakeridge answered quickly on a gaol by Ryan Barman but West Linn continued to control the quarter.

The Lions scored twice in the final 90 seconds to make it 7-5 with 12 minutes to play.

However, Lakeridge never panicked and went back to what had worked in the first half to start the fourth quarter.

The Pacers got a quick goal by Ashworth to open the quarter which set off another dominant stanza for Lakeridge.

The Pacers rattled off four unanswered goals to open the period, essentially putting the game away. Lakeridge now has a two-game lead in the Three Rivers League and has essentially locked up the league title.