The Lions pick up wins over Sunset and Lake Oswego with another huge showdown looming

The West Linn boys lacrosse team is off to a tremendous start, with wins over some of the top teams in the state and, most recently, one of it's traditionally toughest league rivals in Lake Oswego.

Now the Lions, who have yet to lose to an Oregon opponent this year, gear up for one of their biggest games of the season, taking on another state title contender in Lakeridge this Friday.

West Linn overcame a brief slow start against Lake Oswego on Monday and dominated the second half in an 11-7 victory.

The Lions trailed 3-1 early to a Laker team that was hit hard by graduations last year and is still struggling to find its footing.

West Linn rattled off nine unanswered goals and dominated possession in the process and put the game away in the third quarter.

Lake Oswego would mount a late rally but never significantly threatened the lead.

“We lacked a little discipline at times and there are some things we need to clean up before Friday but we did a lot of nice things,” coach Mark Flood said.

West Linn dominated most facets of the game, notching twice as many ground balls as the Lakers and out-shooting Lake Oswego by nearly a three to one ratio. West Linn's man-down defense also did a terrific job keeping Lake Oswego at bay.

“We're pretty explosive on offense. Our only real issue is that we sometimes try and push the envelope too much and try to score too quickly but that might be the make-up of this team,” Flood said.

Dalton Tuor led a balanced scoring attack for the Lions with a hat trick and an assist. Zach Gaunt, Ryan Klose, Graeme Henderson and Jack McMenomey each scored twice in the game.

The victory followed an impressive 12-6 win over Sunset last week, giving the Lions wins over both of last year's state title finalists in Lincoln and the Apollos.

West Linn jumped on Sunset quickly, going up 4-1 before yielding three unanswered goals from Sunset to tie the score.

But, once again, once West Linn's offense found its rhythm, the team took things to another level.

The Lions dominated a long stretch of game time again, controlling draws and moving the ball effectively against the Sunset defense.

West Linn scored six straight goals to go up 10-4. Sunset would score twice more before the Lions put the game away with a pair of late goals of their own.

“When Dalton gets in the zone on face-offs, which he can do, he's practically unstoppable. He just picks up the ball and we're off,” Flood said.

West Linn was the more aggressive team for the bulk of the contest, winning the ground ball battle against Sunset.

“That's something that hasn't happened before. Our kids worked really hard all night,” Flood said.

Tuor and Klose each had four goals in the game and goalie Will Strickland had a terrific night, leading a strong, overall defensive effort.

“Will's playing with a lot of confidence. He doesn't look like a sophomore out there, he looks like a senior,” Flood said.

West Linn take on Lakeridge at home at 8 p.m. this Friday. The Pacers are also unbeaten against Oregon opponents this year and are 10-1 overall.

West Linn's figures to be at full strength with both Ian Anderson and Tanner Hampton back in the line-up.

“Right now we're executing pretty well but we're not going out and dominating teams. We're not that good yet but I think we could be,” Flood said.

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