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Boys lacrosse survives Cavs


The Lions rally for a win heading into games against LO and Lakeridge

The West Linn boys lacrosse team survived a scare last week to keep its hopes for at least a share of the league title alive.

Facing a scrappy Clackamas team that already has a win over Lake Oswego under its belt this year, the Lions trailed for much of the contest before scoring the final two goals of the evening in a 6-5 win.

West Linn had more shots and won more ground balls in the game but Clackamas dominated on face-offs and ran a slow and meticulous offense to chew up possession.

“We were worried about Clackamas coming into the game. We knew they an a zone against Lake Oswego,” coach Mark Flood said.

The Lions had opportunities to score for much of the game but struggled to find the target until late in the contest.

“We didn't shoot the ball that well, particularly on man-up opportunities,” Flood said.

To West Linn's credit, the team didn't panic and played some of its best lacrosse of the night down the stretch.

Ryan Klose provided a good portion of the team's offense, scoring five of its six goals. Zach Gaunt provided the other goal.

The Lions then took on a strong team from Washington on Saturday and walked away with an 11-6 victory.

Curtis High School previously beat Bainbridge Island this year which, in turn, recently knocked off Lakeridge.

West Linn put together a complete game and Dalton Tuor had a terrific day on face-offs to help give the Lions possession.

West Linn also did a nice job avoiding penalties and was able to get into its offense.

Klose led the way again with five goals while Aaron Nelson scored a pair.

West Linn will take on Lake Oswego this Friday and will look for a victory heading into next week's rematch at Lakerdige.

The Pacers and Lions are still ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the state respectively.