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Lakeridge boys lacrosse outlasts Lakers

The banged up Pacers hold LO scoreless in the first half in a 6-3 win

VERN UYETAKE - Corey Rich splits a pair of Lake Oswego defenders during last week's game. Rich had a goal and an assist in the Pacers' 6-3 victory.The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team has suffered a rash of significant injuries this season, losing five starters, many with season-ending issues. But the adversity has galvanized the team and coach Curt Sheinin is hoping that his younger players will continue to rise to the challenge.

“We have a number of kids who have really stepped up. We’ve even brought two freshmen up and I think we can still be very competitive,” Sheinin said.

The Pacers battled Lake Oswego for the first time last week and struggled to get into a rhythm but a stellar defensive performance preserved a 6-3 victory.

Lake Oswego’s defense was terrific in its own right, keeping a talented Lakeridge attack in check and staying within striking distance until the closing minutes.

Lakeridge had the bulk of the possession in the first half and was patient offensively but couldn’t capitalize on a handful of early chances.

The defense meanwhile was bolstered by very strong play from Brooks Dutton. Dutton frustrated Lake Oswego with some outstanding saves in the first half, allowing his team to build a narrow lead.

Lakeridge went up 3-0 at the half and, from that point, it was a matter of keeping Lake Oswego at arm’s length.

The Lakers stayed confident and put more pressure on the Pacers, finally breaking through with a goal in the third quarter but Lakeridge countered and led 4-1 with one period to play.

Lake Oswego was more aggressive up front in the fourth stanza but couldn’t string together a run that might shift the momentum.

Dutton had a few more nifty saves to help preserve the lead as Lakeridge survived a tough battle.

Holden Catlett had a hat trick for Lakeridge with three goals while Corey Rich had a goal and an assist.

Nick Eaton and Nick Brisbee scored the other two goals for the Pacers.

For Lake Oswego, the scoring was spread out as Peter Ragen, CJ Smith and Jack O’Donnell each scored once.