The Lions rally for another big victory as tough schedule continues

The West Linn boys lacrosse team rolled over another potential state title contender last week, rallying to knock off Jesuit 9-7 at home as part of the Fritz Hayes Classic.

West Linn High School hosted the double-header fundraising event which raises funds for youth lacrosse in honor of a slain Oregon official.

The Lions were at less than 100 percent, as standout Ryan Klose missed the game due to illness and others who suited up were also under the weather.

However, West Linn controlled the majority of the final quarter to grind out another victory, something that has been routine for the Lions this year.

It was a back-and-forth contest for much of the evening. West Linn held an advantage in possession for most of the game thanks, in large part, to the play of Dylan Tuor on face-offs.

“Dylan was terrific. He was probably the difference for us,” coach Mark Flood said.

Tuor had perhaps his best game of the year and gave the Lions plenty of opportunities. West Linn struggled with turnovers, however and couldn't find a rhythm early against the Crusaders.

The Lions' defense held strong against a handful of dangerous scorers but, in the second half, the Lions gave up the lead.

West Linn trailed 7-5 late in the contest but, playing with a renewed sense of urgency, the Lions then dominated the remainder of the game.

After neither team could string together an extended run, West Linn was able to keep the ball away from Jesuit down the stretch and rattled off four unanswered goals.

Graeme Henderson led the way for West Linn with a hat trick while Ian Anderson had two goals and two assists.

“Only two of our goals were assisted which isn't like us. That usually means we're not playing very well,” Flood said.

Still, the effort was enough to knock off a Jesuit team that has been hot early in the season.

“That was a nice thing to take away from it. The kids stepped up when they needed to,” Flood said.

West Linn was then able to rest up some players Monday, shutting out Canby 14-0 at home. The Lions are approaching the crux of their schedule. After facing Oregon City, the team will travel to play Bellevue, Wash. the two-time defending state champions and a team ranked No. 49 in the country.

Four of the Lions' next five league games are against Lake Oswego and Lakeridge.

“We had a brutal preseason and then we really have just one week before it's just go until the end of the year,” Flood said.

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