Crunch time for HRV lacrosse

Boys and girls teams face must-win stretch of season

A smash by two Central Catholic defenders didn’t stop Marcus Crouch  from scoring Tuesday in the Eagles 12-10 loss to the Rams.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
A smash by two Central Catholic defenders didn’t stop Marcus Crouch from scoring Tuesday in the Eagles 12-10 loss to the Rams.

A hard-fought but disappointing 12-10 loss at home Tuesday against the Central Catholic Rams and a 9-5 win Thursday at Cleveland puts Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lacrosse in a tight spot as the regular season quickly comes to a close.

With only six league games to determine which four of the seven Columbia Conference teams advance to the state tournament, every game between now and mid-May is going to make a big difference in the chance to make the playoffs.

The Eagles play three games next week, two the following and a final league match May 13 at home against Wilson.

“Every game is critical at this point,” Coach Jon Munk said after Tuesday’s battle to the end against the Rams. The two teams were tied 4-4 at halftime and 9-9 going into the final period. “We knew it was going to be a tough game going into it, and although it’s not the result we were hoping for, it was a pretty good game.”

Attackman Taylor Cramer led the team with a hat trick, followed by Brendan Kerr with two and Trenton Gallagher, Jesse Lee, Marcus Crouch, Torson Brown and Kyle Sorensen with one apiece. Defensively, Munk said the back line continued the hard-work and determination it has been credited with all season.

“We had some trouble transitioning from defense to offense and had a couple breakdowns that gave them scoring opportunities, but other than that it was a pretty good battle,” Munk said. “Both teams played well and worked hard all across the field.”

On Thursday the Eagles, now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference, traveled to Cleveland to take on the 6-3 Warriors. Cramer had seven goals and two assists to lead the team’s offensive charge; Kerr had the other two goals.

The win puts HRV in a tie for second in the league, with Central Catholic at 2-0 in the No. 1 place as of press time.

Home games for the rest of the regular season are May 7 vs. Grant (6:30 p.m.) and May 13 vs. Wilson (7 p.m.) at HRVHS.


Riding a four-win streak, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team is in the position of must-win for the rest of the season in order to have a solid shot at the playoffs. The team, now 6-8 overall, won key league games last week against Lincoln (12-11 April 19) and Cleveland (18-3 April 25).

Last Friday’s game was on the road and, after letting an early lead slip away, the HRV girls won with a buzzer-beater goal by Kristin Lago – her fifth of the night.

Lago had eight goals to herself to lead the team at home Thursday against a less experienced Cleveland squad.

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