Eagle lacrosse tastes victory as key league games approach

HRV girls beat Central Catholic at home, boys pound Rex Putnam on the road

Taylor Cramer and Lydia McElderry scored four goals each to lead Hood River Valley High School boys and girls lacrosse teams to victory Wednesday evening against squads from Rex Putnam and Central Catholic. The boys went on the road to Milwaukie to face the 5A Kingsmen of the Northwest League while the girls hosted the Rams in the second meeting between the two Portland League schools.

Cramer had four goals and four assists in the Eagles’ 16-7 rout that put them at 5-3 going into the team’s eight-game league schedule. Jesse Lee had three goals and two assists and Trenton Gallagher and Tony Cohn had two goals each in the effort.

Leading the HRV girls in their 13-7 thumping of Central Catholic was freshman attack Lydia McElderry, who added two assists to her four goals; seniors Kaili Duffy, Kristin Lago and Kayla Van Hoose had two goals each, followed by one goal each from Gabby Dittenhofer, Delia Dolan and Hannah Hurley. The win comes after a 17-9 on the road result the Eagles had against the Rams earlier this season. Based on a tight first half that saw goals exchanged fairly evenly, the win didn’t seem in the bag until the girls came out firing in the second.

“We seemed to play a little slow in the first half, not fighting for ground balls, not getting back on defense and making some not-so-great passes,” coach Erin Curry said. “We tightened things up and came out ready to play after halftime. The second half we started building momentum and playing together as a team. We dominated the clock and the ball, playing offense most of the half.”

The HRV boys had less trouble in their road game against the Kingsmen. After jumping to an early lead coach Jon Munk pulled some of his starting lineup to give junior varsity players a chance to step up to varsity.

“Looking ahead to our league schedule, I think we’re in a pretty tight race for the number three position,” Munk said Thursday. “The pre-season results are a little misleading because some teams had tougher schedules than others, but from what I can tell Lincoln and OES are the top two teams to beat. After that it looks like a pretty tight pack.”

With the top four teams from each league earning a playoff berth, both teams will have to tighten up their games as the end of the season quickly approaches. For the HRV girls, that means winning key games coming up against Lincoln, St. Mary’s and Grant. For the boys, after hosting Central Catholic Tuesday (6:30 p.m. at HRVHS), they’ll have to hang tough in four straight road games at Cleveland, O.E.S., Summit and Bend.

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