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Pacer boys lacrosse holds on for win over LO

A fast start and strong fourth quarter are enough to top an improving Lake Oswego team


The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team fended off a valiant effort on Monday by a Lake Oswego team that has come on strong late in the regular season.

The Pacers had an emotional start to the game, rattling off four goals in the first five minutes to take control early.

Prior to the game, Lakeridge had a moment of silence to honor player Brandon Kuhnert's father, who recently passed away of cancer.

“It was definitely an emotional atmosphere but Brandon wanted to play and we've dedicated the season to him,” Pacer coach Curt Sheinin said.

Lake Oswego withstood the early storm and re-upped its energy on defense and started to shift the momentum heading into the second quarter.

Trailing 4-0 still, Lake Oswego controlled much of the second stanza and scored four goals of its own, cutting the lead to 5-4 at the half.

“I was a little disappointed at how we let down for a bit,” Sheinin said.

Lake Oswego continued its strong play into the third quarter and started to sense a potential upset. However, Lakeridge was able to rally, controlling possession late in the third period and clung to an 8-6 advantage with one period to play.

The Pacers have yet to lose to an Oregon opponent this year but have had periods where a brief lapse in concentration has allowed other teams to rally against them.

To Lakeridge's credit, the team has always been able to rally quickly and that was the case against the Lakers.

“As a coach it kind of makes you pull your hair out. It's a dangerous way to go about things and we've been working on putting together a full 48 minutes,” Sheinin said.

Playing with a renewed sense of urgency in the fourth quarter, the Lakeridge defense rose to the challenge and shut Lake Oswego out for the final 12 minutes, scoring four unanswered goals to lock down the win.

For Lake Oswego, the win follows an impressive 10-9 victory over a strong Clackamas team that previously beat the Lakers this season.

The Lakers were able to find the net against a strong Cavaliers' defense and knotted up the season series.

With a win over Canby to close out the regular season and a Lakeridge win over Clackamas, Lake Oswego and Clackamas would finish tied for third place in the league.




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