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Pacer lacrosse gets past LO in playoffs

Lakeridge advances to the quarterfinals with a 10-2 victory


MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's John Finegan had four goals against Lake Oswego in last week's playoff game. The Pacers advanced to the quarterfinals against OES with a 10-2 victory.The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team got over a familiar hurdle in its first playoff game of the year. The Pacers squared off against Lake Oswego once again and methodically ground out a 10-2 victory to reach the quarterfinals last Friday.

Lake Oswego, the No. 16 seed in the tournament, earned a spot against the top-ranked Pacers after emerging from a defensive slugfest with Thurston 7-4.

The Lakers had the early energy but couldn't slow down the Pacers once they found their stride.

Lake Oswego was fired up in the opening minutes, controlling possession and drawing first blood in the game with a goal from Mitch Teed.

The Lakers had the advantage in the game for the first seven minutes but couldn't build a significant lead.

Lakeridge broke through with 4:15 left in the first quarter on a goal by Holden Catlett. That was followed one minute later by a nice bounce shot from John Finegan, giving the Pacers the lead.

Still, Lake Oswego's defense was stingy and the Pacers only held a one-goal advantage after the opening period.

Lakeridge struck quickly in the second quarter, capitalizing on a man-up situation following a stick infraction as Finegan found the net again.

The Lakers tried to stay in the game but their chances were turned away by some nice saves from Brooks Dutton.

Lakeridge scored again midway through the quarter on a pretty goal by Finegan with an assist from Corey Rich.

Just over a minute later, Catlett struck again for the Pacers and they would take a 5-1 lead into the half.

Lakeridge dominated the third quarter and made it difficult for Lake Oswego to think about a comeback.

Catlett finished off his hat trick three minutes into the period and Rich scored his first goal less than 30 seconds later as Lakeridge extended its advantage.

Nick Eaton and Finegan each scored in the quarter as well, upping the lead to 9-1.

The Lakers didn't show any quit, finally breaking their scoring drought early in the fourth quarter with a shot from Josh Watkins but it was the Pacers' night and they advanced to the quarterfinals.

Lakeridge will take on No. 9 OES this Friday at home with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

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