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Laker boys lacrosse gets "signature win"

Lake Oswego tops West Linn in overtime, runs win streak to four


Lake Oswego’s boys lacrosse team has been quietly putting together an excellent season. Despite a .500 record, the Lakers have taken on many of the state’s top teams and could prove to be a very difficult out during the playoffs.

However, the team was still lacking a big win to signify its resurgence. That win came last week as the Lakers knocked off West Linn 7-6 in overtime.

Lake Oswego, currently ranked No. 10 in the state, now has a chance to tie for the league title with West Linn and Lakeridge if its can beat its crosstown rival.

“It was definitely a signature win for the program. We watched the tape from our first West Linn game the night before and the kids really felt they could have won so they came in confident,” coach Rick Gruen said.

It was a defensive struggle from the opening whistle which favored Lake Oswego.

“We’ve been blessed to have a really solid back line and a great goalie and West Linn is a very good face-off team so we knew we would be anchored by our defense,” Gruen said.

Reed Sandblast and Peter Krenek helped lock down the West Linn offense and goalie Ben Blauer made some terrific early saves.

“He’s been on fire and playing at an all-state level for us,” Gruen said.

It was a back and forth struggle from start to finish. Lake Oswego targeted Jack O’Donnell on offense and he responded, finding cracked in the West Linn defense to score.

The Lakers held a 6-5 lead late in the game and regained possession, looking to run out the clock with a little more than two minutes remaining.

Lake Oswego did a nice job killing more than a minute and a half but West Linn was able to come up with a turnover and scored with under a minute to play.

But Lake Oswego wasn’t down. The Lakers controlled possession in the extra period and, with seven seconds remaining in the first extra stanza, CJ Smith ran from behind the net and scored from close range to seal the victory.

The Lakers are on a four-game winning streak and look to keep their momentum going against Lakeridge on Friday.