Solid defense a key to Eagle lacrosse victory

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

April 19, 2006

The Eagles’ lacrosse team won its second conference game in a row Friday night in a home game against Riverdale High School. The 10-7 victory was hard-earned on the cold and wet HRVHS football field, as Riverdale showed great improvement in their game since the last time they met the Eagles.

“It was the first game where we came out, took the lead and then maintained our intensity and focus, playing hard for all four quarters,” Coach Mac Jackson commented. “It was a very competitive, close game with a much improved Riverdale team.”

The Eagles came out firing and scored goals early in the first quarter to gain momentum and intensity that would last the rest of the game. Riverdale did not give up, however, and every time the home team tried to pull away they came up with some big plays to stay in the game.

“They continued to hang in there and pulled within two during the 4th quarter,” Jackson said. “But we kept our focus, played smart and got the final goal, doing what we needed to do to win. Most impressive was our consistent intensity, hustle and focus in all four quarters.”

Anchoring the Eagles was a solid defensive line — made up of Tanner Hall, Cameron Kiyokawa and Tom Wanzek — that effectively shut down many of Riverdale’s scoring opportunities and offensive drives. In the goal, Dustyn Lyons continues to prove himself a valuable asset to the team, especially considering he’s a freshman.

Offensively, Paul Spaulding was once again a scoring machine. He would finish with four goals on the day, followed by Eli Camero with two goals and two assists and Henry Hunt, Gideon Phelps, Ian Bohince and Jon Ing with one goal apiece.

1 2 3 F

RHS 2 4 5 7

HRV 3 6 9 10

Game highlights:

Paul Spaulding — 4 goals

Eli Camero — 2 goals, 2 assists

Henry Hunt —1 goal, 2 assists

Alex Evans— 2 assists

Gideon Phelps — 1 goal

Ian Bohince — 1 goal

Jon Ing — 1 goal

Face offs:

Jon Ing and Ian Bohince won

75-percent of face offs.

Final games:

April 25 at Lincoln

April 28 HOME, vs. OES (7 p.m.)

May 3 at Cleveland

May 5 HOME vs. Lincoln (7 p.m.)

May 8 vs. Grant

May 10 vs. Hermiston

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