First-half onslaught carries Pacer boys lacrosse team
Lakeridge fends off a third-quarter rally to win the first Civil War showdown
Lakeridge was unfazed by what has always been a heated rivalry game when it took on Lake Oswego on the road Monday for the first Civil War showdown of the year. The defending state champs blitzed the Lakers in the first half and withstood a third-quarter run to rack up a 15-6 victory and stay unbeaten against Oregon opponents.
The Pacers' offense proved difficult to stop for extended stretches in the game and the Lakers, while putting on good pressure for much of the night, simply didn't have the firepower to complete a rally.
Lake Oswego would get on the board first, getting a goal from Sean Goodell in traffic in the opening minute.
The Lakers had their opportunities to make a statement early in the game, coming up with some nice defensive stops, but turnovers on the other end thwarted their chance to build a lead.
Lakeridge would take about half a quarter to warm up but the Pacers would rattle off four unanswered goals once they settled into a groove.
Michael Ashworth got the first goal on an assist from Holden Catlett and, one minute later, John Finegan gave the Pacers the lead.
Austin Gregg would get on the board on an assist from Ashworth and, on Lakeridge's next possession, Gregg would assist to Ashworth. Ashworth would then hit the post in the closing seconds of the quarter but Lakeridge still led 4-1.
The Lakers responded with the first goal of the second period as well, with Gary Gates scoring 40 seconds into the quarter.
But, once again, Lakeridge would keep Lake Oswego off the board the rest of the way. Ashworth responded a minute later, collecting his own rebound and scoring his third goal of the game.
Eleonso Cristobal, Corey Rich, Finegan and Gregg would all score goals in the quarter as well.
Lake Oswego had issues clearing the ball after saves, which gave Lakeridge multiple chances to score. The Pacers dominated the final minutes of the half, picking up three late goals to go ahead 10-2 at the half.
But Lake Oswego didn't go away quietly. The Lakers regrouped and controlled the majority of the third quarter.
Nate Gruen scored on a rebound, which was answered by Ashworth's fifth goal of the game for Lakeridge.
However, that would be the only goal the Pacers would score in the quarter as Lake Oswego made adjustments defensively.
Thomas Atchison would get a goal one minute later and the Lakers controlled the final five minutes of the period.
Alex Krenek scored on a pretty shot to cut into the lead further and, with just six seconds left in the quarter, the Lakers struck again to crawl back into the game.
Lake Oswego had a few chances to get closer early in the fourth quarter but Lakeridge withstood the charge.
The Pacers tightened up the defense and rebuilt their advantage, dominating possession in the final period to seal the victory.
The victory followed Lakeridge's 12-1 win over Beaverton Friday, one of last year's surprise teams, in the second game of the Fritz Hayes Classic at West Linn.
Lake Oswego fell to a very strong OES team 15-6 Friday at home and will travel to Clackamas this Friday for an important league game.