Eagles return to winning ways


News staff writer

April 16

HOOD RIVER — Still seething after last Friday’s disheartening loss to Lincoln, the Hood River Valley lacrosse team got off to a fast start on Tuesday against Riverdale before burying the Mavericks, 15-2.

The Eagles scored seven goals in the first quarter and four more in the second to take a commanding 11-1 lead into the locker room. HRV then let off the gas a bit in the second half, allowing River-dale to preserve some dignity.

“The best part about this win was that 14 of our 15 goals came off assists,” coach Mac Jackson said of the Eagles’ 93 percent assist ratio. “That showed me that our offense was functioning at its best.”

Senior attacker Zach Bohince led the team with six assists, while Chris Riedl delivered three. David Voigt and Paul Spaulding had two apiece, while Matt Brauer set up one goal.

On the receiving end of those picture-perfect passes were Casey Vannet and Riedl with four goals each, Bohince and Voigt with two each, and Terry Sanders, Spaulding and Gideon Phelps with one goal apiece.

“The Lincoln loss was a wakeup call for us, and that helped us come out with a purpose on Tuesday,” said Jackson, whose team improved to 3-1 in the Columbia Division and 8-1 overall. “We did what we needed to do on offense, and we didn’t play down to their level.”

Jackson was highly complimentary of his midfielders, who controlled the pace of the game from the outset. In particular, Vannet, Spaulding, Sanders and Josh McHale teamed up to frustrate the Mavericks defense into a series of breakdowns.

Meanwhile, the front line of Bohince, Voigt, Riedl and company attacked the Riverdale goal with reckless abandon, helping the Eagles post double-digit goals for the sixth time in nine games.

“We just need to stay disciplined with our motion offense,” Jackson said. “When we are patient with our plays, we can almost score at will.”

Not to be forgotten, the HRV defenders continued their solid play in front of goalkeeper Adam Mack. Led by Alex Princehouse, Luke McCarthy and Peter Guth, the Eagles ‘D’ allowed two goals or less for the fifth time this season.

Also notable, HRV has not allowed double-digit goals yet this season.

The Eagles hoped for that trend to continue Friday at home against a strong Wilson squad (results not available at press time). The Trojans have traditionally been one of HRV’s best rivals, and their 7-2 mark thus far has shown that they are just as strong as they have been in years past.

“We’ve been working really hard in practice, and I expect us to be ready for Wilson,” Jackson said. “If we can control possession like we have been, it should be a great game.”

Also coming up are home games against Hermiston on Tuesday and Franklin on April 25.

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