Eagle lacrosse takes a beating

Breakdown of fundamentals leads to 17-6 loss in varsity boys lacrosse home opener

A “doozy” is how Hood River Valley High School lacrosse coach Jon Munk described Friday’s varsity matchup against the Westview Wildcats. The 17-6 loss puts the Eagles at 0-2 two weeks into the season after a much closer 7-6 loss last week at Oregon City.

“We did okay in the first half, especially on defense; but we came completely unraveled in the second,” Munk said of Friday’s cold and windy home opener under the lights. “Westview is a good team this year and they have a really solid starting lineup, but the score really reflects insufficiencies on our part. Our fundamentals were basically non-existent. We were having trouble catching and throwing the ball; it didn’t take long to lose possession and give Westview scoring opportunities.”

Offensively, the team was led by Brendan Kerr, who had three of the Eagles’ six goals. Torson Brown, Trenton Gallager and Tyler Kramer added one goal each in the effort. Defensively, Munk pointed out the entire back line for holding tough — especially in the first half — despite relentless pressure.

“We have a lot more talent than we showed on Friday,” Munk said. “We have some tough games scheduled early in the season this year, which is good. I’m glad we had that loss now; it’s a wakeup call and it’s good to have that early in the season. We have time to learn, make adjustments and do what we need to do in order to be ready for our league schedule and to have the best chance possible to make the playoffs.”

The team practices through spring break this week and will jump back into action next week with three games in four days. The team hosts Hermiston April 3 (6:30 p.m. at HRVHS) then goes on the road April 3 and 5 to play Wilson and Jesuit.

“Hermiston should be a good game for us and an opportunity to get some of our junior varsity players some experience stepping up to the varsity level,” Munk said. “After that we’re right back to two tough opponents. Wilson is always a solid team and Jesuit has an extremely talented lineup this year.”

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