Sherwood boys come up just one goal short in lacrosse playoff
SHERWOOD — Too many penalties.
Not enough time.
It all added up to the Sherwood High School boys lacrosse team coming up one goal short.
The Bowmen saw their season come to an end with a 10-9 loss to Glencoe in a hard-fought state playoff second-round match played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.
"I thought we played a good game," Sherwood senior defender Sam Criscola said after the contest. "We were just a man down too much. We couldn't quite come back. Glencoe played excellent, and we just didn't have enough time."
With the win, Glencoe, the Pacific Conference champion, improved to 16-7 on the season. The Crimson Tide also advances to play at Sunset on Friday in a state playoff quarterfinal game.
Sherwood, the Northwest Oregon Conference champion, finished its season with a final overall record of 15-3.
"We wanted to go farther, but I think we had a great season," Criscola said. "I made a lot of memories and good friends. We're like brothers. We always have a good time together."
The Bowmen got off to a fast start to Tuesday's playoff contest. Sherwood junior midfielder Owen Grubbe scored a quick goal and then he assisted on a goal by Bowmen junior Parker Rembe, as Sherwood claimed a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes and 44 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Glencoe got on the scoreboard on a goal by sophomore Thomas Takle, coming with 5:57 left to play in the period. But the Bowmen answered back in a big way, getting goals by senior Kayd Aquino and junior Ryan Stuckey, who drove to the Glencoe goal from 40 yards away, to open a 4-1 lead with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Glencoe, getting goals from junior Erik Cortez and Takle in the final 2:05 of the period, cut the Sherwood lead to 4-3 going into the second quarter.
The Crimson Tide then tied the game, at 4-4, when junior Dylan Brauer scored with 11:31 left before halftime.
But the Sherwood defense, including Criscola, junior Zane Sands, senior Jacob Forsyth and junior goalie Miguel Ramirez, among others, wouldn't let Glencoe score again in the first half.
The Bowmen offense then struck twice late in the period. Aquino scored on a running shot from 12 yards out with 1:34 remaining in the quarter. Rembe then scored off an assist from senior Jordan Craig with 42.0 seconds left in the period, giving Sherwood a 6-4 halftime lead.
The Bowmen continued to roll early in the third quarter. Craig scored on a running shot from 15 yards out to up the home team's lead to 7-4 with 9:57 left in the period.
But momentum would soon change in a big way.
Glencoe, getting consecutive goals from Brauer, senior Jake Howell and junior Brennan Hay, tied the score at 7-7 with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bowmen then went two men down, after they were whistled for a pair of penalties, including a 3-minute, no-release foul. And Glencoe took advantage of the opportunity.
With the advantage, the Tide took its first lead of the game, at 8-7, on a goal by Cortez with 5:08 left in the quarter. Then, with Sherwood one man down, Glencoe scored again, on another shot by Cortez, to take a 9-7 lead, which it would carry into the fourth quarter.
The Bowmen would cut the lead to 9-8 when senior Jackson Davis scored off a pass from senior Cameron Allender, coming with 9:42 left in the game. But Glencoe pushed the lead back to two, at 10-8, when Takle scored on a shot from 20 yards out with 6:25 remaining.
Sherwood battled and battled, but couldn't score again until Allender converted on a shot from five yards out with 9.5 seconds remaining. But the Bowmen would be able to get another shot, leaving Glencoe with the 10-9 victory.
"We played as hard," Criscola said. "You can't ask for more than that."
Aquino and Rembe led Sherwood with two goals apiece. Grubbe, Stuckey, Craig, Davis and Allender each scored one goal.
Takle and Cortez paced Glencoe with three goals apiece.
The loss marked the final high school game for Sherwood seniors Criscola, Chandler Peck, Allender, Forsyth, Davis, Zack Savage, Alec Valdez, Craig, Aquino and Colton Pfisthner.