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The Lions rebound from a loss to Bellevue with the Pacers looming

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Dylan Tuor looks to power past a Lake Oswego defender in Tuesday's game at Lake Oswego High School. Tuor helped the Lions to a large possession advantage with his work on face-offs. The West Linn boys lacrosse team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a quick and impressive 16-3 drubbing of Lake Oswego Tuesday on a cold and rainy evening.

The Lions traveled to Washington over the weekend to take on Bellevue, the two-time defending state champions.

West Linn never really found a rhythm in the game and was kept off-balanced by one of the top teams on the west coast in a 13-4 defeat, snapping an eight-game winning streak.

However, it didn't take long for the Lions to get back into the win column, moving to 3-0 in the Three Rivers League.

The Lions jumped out to a quick lead against the Lakers on the road. After a scoreless first three minutes of play, West Linn rattled off four goals in the next two minutes and the Lakers never recovered.

Jacob Taylor got the scoring started, followed by a pretty shot from Cooper Hill 20 seconds later.

West Linn dominated possession for the majority of the contest and was relentless on face-offs, getting another impressive performance from Dylan Tuor.

Taylor would score again after receiving a pretty pass from Ian Anderson and, after a nice individual effort from Ryan Klose, the Lions led 4-0.

Lake Oswego would finally counter with its first goal of the game but West Linn would close the first quarter with two more tallies in quick succession.

Tuor notched his first goal of the game on an assist from Klose and, less than a minute later, Klose would score on a feed from Graeme Henderson.

All six of the Lions' first-quarter goals were scored by sophomores.

Goalie Will Strickland had a handful of nice saves in the second quarter as Lake Oswego tried to get back in contention.

But the Lions would score the first three goals of the period to all but put the game away. After a lull in scoring, Henderson got on the board on an assist from Louie Germain.

Anderson then notched his first goal with an impressive individual effort. To cap the first-half scoring, Tuor scored again, getting an assist from Connor Berggren.

The Lions' passing was terrific all night as the team routinely found the open cutter near the goal and racked up assists.

In the second half, West Linn continued to stay aggressive and the defense refused to let up. Dean Swanson was a rock against the Lakers and the Lions coasted to victory.

West Linn now gears up for its biggest game of the year when it takes on Lakeridge on the road Friday at 7:15 p.m.

It will be the first time the teams have seen each other since last year's state title game. The Lions and Pacers and both undefeated in Oregon this year.

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