A taste of victory... and defeat

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

May 10, 2006

As the sun set in the west and the lights kicked on at Henderson Community Stadium Friday night, Alex Evans, Tom Wanzek, Tony Guisto and Tanner Hall stepped onto the field in what would be their final home showing of any kind as Hood River Valley High School student athletes. The four, and senior stat girls Marilyn Smith and Audra Cody, were honored for the effort and heart they gave over the years as part of the Eagles’ lacrosse team.

Senior night against the number-two ranked team in the state, Lincoln (15-1), was somewhat of a mixed blessing for the seniors.

On one hand, it’s always nice on senior night — like the Homecoming football game for example — to demolish an opponent. And to win, of course.

On the other hand, however, playing a team like Lincoln gave the seniors, and the team, one last chance to truly rise to the occasion and shine.

And that is how the Eagles’ 12-6 loss went down.

“It was our first solid game against a top-level team, and showed that we can play at a high level,” Coach Mac Jackson said. “We came out hustling and going after it and we never let up.”

They came out firing, in fact, and broke out to a 3-2 lead by the end of what would be one of the toughest first quarters Lincoln would play all season. In their first meeting, the Columbia East top dog defeated the Eagles 13-4.

“It was a much different game than our first one against Lincoln,” Jackson commented. “We have come a long way … This time it was a back and forth game and we played right with them. We had a lot of calls go against us, with a total of 12 penalties to Lincoln’s 9. But our man-down unit did great and allowed Lincoln to score on only one out of the 12 attempts. All our middies played well too, working hard to clear the ball and fighting for ground balls in the middle of the field.”

Lincoln’s solid stick play and shooting gave them four goals to Hood River’s one in the second quarter, leaving the Eagles down 6-4 by halftime.

The Eagles defensive line stepped up to their biggest challenge of the season with great form, stopping 92-percent of Lincoln’s man-up opportunities.

Defenders Hall, Wanzek and Cameron Kiyokawa and longstick middie, Guisto, hung well against perhaps the best offense in the state. In front of the net goalie Dustyn Lyons tallied 10 saves.

Lincoln outscored the Eagles six goals to two in the second half to remain undefeated in the Columbia East.

Scoring for the Eagles were Bohince, Eli Camero and Will Kline with one apiece and Paul Spaulding with a hat trick.

HRV Vs. Cleveland (May 3)

The Eagles traveled to Cleveland last week and came home with an 8-3 win, bettering their record to 4-4 in the league.

Despite the win, however, the boys didn’t play all that well, especially early in the game.

“The best thing about the game was that although we were cold in our shooting and not playing our best, we played through the slump, got better as the game went on, stepped up and did what was needed to win,” Jackson commented.

The Eagles scored only one goal in the first and second quarters, leaving them tied 2-2 at halftime with the Columbia West’s last-place team. They would up the pace in the second half, however, with two goals in the third and four in the fourth to secure the win.

Scoring: —

Ian Bohince — 3 goals, 1 assist

Henry Hunt — 2 goals, 4 assists

Alex Evans — 2 assists

Zach Flaming — 1 goal, 1 assist

Eli Camero — 1 goal

HRV vs. Grant (May 8)

The 7-6 loss against Grant Monday evening was a disappointing away game for the Eagles. It was an upset that slipped away. Grant, now 8-2 in the Columbia division and 12-2 overall, came back from a one-point deficit at halftime to score four goals in the second half. Although the Eagles took another tough loss, it was again with mixed emotions because they proved they can compete with the top teams in the state.

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