Lake Oswego boys stay hot, blow past Oregon City
There's nothing, it seems, that can stop the Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team.
Oregon City would certainly attest to that after the Lakers flattened them 18-3 in Three Rivers League play at Lake Oswego High School on Tuesday night.
While Lake Oswego's boys knew they'd likely succeed against the Pioneers — the Lakers entered the game without a league loss and Oregon City without a win — they used the opportunity to improve, to expand their repertoire and employ their entire lineup.
"With these kind of games, we just try to work on what we're not as good at and try to get time for other players that don't play as much and I think that just helps the team a lot," said Lake Oswego senior midfielder Cal Motylewski, who scored twice in the win. "At practice, everyone gets all the reps we can and everyone is always ready to step into the game whenever they have to and it's really paid off."
"We've been trying to implement some new stuff, some new offenses and some new plays … and just trying to get players in situations they're not comfortable so that when it comes to that in a game, they are ready," added junior midfielder Marshall McGuire, who led his team with four goals in the victory.
With the 11th straight win, the Lakers improved to 7-0 in Three Rivers League play — they hold a two-game lead over West Linn — and 11-3 overall. Oregon City, meanwhile, lost for a third straight time and fell to 0-5 in league play and 4-9 overall.
The Lakers stepped out quickly against the Pioneers on Tuesday, scoring five times in the first quarter to grab a 5-0 lead while starting goalie George O'Brien and the Lake Oswego defense didn't allow Oregon City room to breathe.
Motylewski got the game's first goal on a sidearm shot 3 minutes and 36 seconds into the game, then assisted on the second, feeding teammate Matt Phillips on a break to make it 2-0. The Lakers finished the quarter with a flurry of four goals (including Phillips') in the final 1:55 of the opening period, with Dominick Sinclair scoring off a McGuire pass, Jake Bazant connecting from point-blank range on a pass by Phillips and Jonas Hunter making it 5-0 after a reverse pivot to set up his shot.
The Lakers backed off a bit in the second period, working on their offense and rotating in many of their non-starters while still boosting their lead to 7-1 at the half. McGuire got the first of those scores on a pretty Motylewski-to-Phillips-to-McGuire sequence on the break. Then, after Oregon City's Ashton Johnson got his team's first goal on a pass from Aidan Amendolara, Lake Oswego's Connor Cady answered by weaving his way through the Pioneers' defense to score past OC goalie Jack Cross to provide that six-goal lead.
Already comfortably ahead, Lake Oswego stepped on the accelerator in the third quarter, scoring eight times to extend its lead to 15-3 at the end of the period. As they had in the first half when seven different players scored, the Lakers continued to share the ball impressively in the third, getting scores from Michael Shakerin, Motylewski, Phillips and Sinclair, and two each from McGuire and Hunter.
"I think it's just a credit to how we practice," McGuire said. "We trust people who are on the field to pick each other up, we have a lot of team chemistry and we work really hard so we just know where each other are. It's been really nice."
"I think it all stems from the coaches," Motylewski said. "They always press on us to be team players and not play 'me' ball or throw 'me' checks or anything like that and it all stems from the coaches and the captains and everyone has bought into it."
The Lakers closed their night with goals from McGuire, Cady and Alex Philips in the fourth.
Next up, the Lakers host crosstown rival Lakeridge in the second Battle of the Lake contest at 7 p.m. Friday night.