Lakeridge boys lacrosse drops tough 11-10 decision to Jesuit on Friday
There was no quit in the Lakeridge boys lacrosse team.
The 10th-seeded Pacers knew the odds were stacked against them at No. 2 Jesuit on Friday, but they wouldn't quit.
Lakeridge, which battled injuries all season long and dealt with even more on Friday, still refused to quit.
In the end, it was just one goal — a score by Jesuit's Luke Hockman with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in the game — that finally ended the Pacers' season, falling 11-10 in the quarterfinals of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs.
"It was a tough game. It sucks that we couldn't pull it out in the fourth quarter," said Lakeridge sophomore attackman Ty Delancellotti, who had two goals on Friday. "We just need to work in the offseason and come back next year."
"We were the underdog in this, and all season we were kind of struggling, just trying to get over .500," said sophomore attackman Hunter Daskalos, who also scored two goals. "But we came in and we beat Summit, and we came into this one with the mindset to win this and upset everyone."
With the loss, the Pacers saw their three-game winning streak snapped and their season end with an 11-12 record after finishing third in the Three Rivers League. Jesuit, the Metro League champion, extended its winning streak to five games and lifted its season record to 20-1.
The Pacers were on point at the start of Friday's game, leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter after goals by senior Connor Schnapp (assisted by junior Nick Brisbee) and Alex Hoduffer (assisted by Schnapp).
They then pushed that margin to 3-1 when Delancellotti scored 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the second quarter.
The Crusaders answered with three goals in a span of just 3:19 — two by Sam Handley and one by Luke Hockman — to tie the contest with 3:31 remaining in the half, but Lakeridge answered back.
After Jesuit was whistled for a three-minute penalty, the Pacers took advantage of the Crusaders' short-handed defense, scoring three times in the final 3:23 of the half to take a 7-4 edge into halftime. Freshman midfielder Jack Savage started that streak when he won the faceoff following Handley's second goal, raced down the field and scored to make it 5-4.
Senior attackman Ben Lambson set the table for Lakeridge's next score, making a steal and feeding Daskalos for a goal from the right side for a 6-4 Pacer lead. Daskalos added the third goal of that stretch, taking a pass from Schnapp and scoring with 1:56 to go in the half.
"Our game plan — we planned it all week so we were ready for it," said Savage. "I think that was the biggest thing, just playing with heart. I think we just got in a groove and were prepared and we knew what we had to do."
"We moved the ball," Delancellotti said. "That's one thing we talked about before the game was moving the ball quick and we did it."
The Crusaders, however, came out energized in the third quarter and used their skill and strength to battle back into contention with a 4-1 scoring edge that tied the game at 8-8. Handley scored twice to open the period, Hockman connected next off a pass from Handley, and Tucker Dordevic made it four straight when he scored to give Jesuit an 8-7 lead with 2:57 left in the stanza.
Lakeridge's Wills Scadden answered that last goal with a long shot late in the period and the two teams rolled into the fourth tied at 8-8.
Jesuit's Peter Burpee opened the scoring there with a goal from the left side, but the Pacers responded with two goals in just 27 seconds to take their last lead at 10-9. Lambson converted the first of those in a one-on-one opportunity against the Jesuit goalie, and Schnapp added the second with 6:28 left in the game following a steal and assist by junior Victor van Alebeek.
But Lakeridge wouldn't score again while Jesuit converted twice to fuel its victory. Dordevic got the first of those from the left side to tie the contest with 5:15 left on the clock, and Hockman notched the second after a steal with 3:41 remaining.
The Pacers' last best chance to extend the contest came with 49 seconds remaining when Brisbee's shot was blocked.
Savage, despite battling injuries of his own, won 14 out of 25 faceoffs in the game, while senior Sean Scadden stepped up to win a game-high 10 ground balls after moving from defense to long stick middle.
While disappointed with the loss, the Pacers were proud of how hard they'd pushed the Crusaders.
"I am very proud of our effort in this game," said Lakeridge coach Curt Sheinin. "Our kids came to play and they took Jesuit to the wire. Over the last couple of weeks, our players finally gained the confidence that we could compete with any team in the state, even without our injured starters."
"It was a great game," Daskalos added. "It felt like a win. It was a great season."