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A second-half onslaught buries Sunset 13-7

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Colin Squires winds up for a shot that would find the back of the net in the second half of the Lions' victory over Sunset last week. The win propelled West Linn into a semifinal match-up with Jesuit Wednesday. 
Playing against a dangerous quarterfinal opponent, West Linn's boys lacrosse team played calm and under control, biding its time until burying Sunset in the second half with a terrific display of offense in a 13-7 win.

Taking on Sunset, one of the state's preeminent lacrosse powers over the past few seasons, the first half was a defensive struggle. West Linn was in control for much of that time, holding the Apollos to just two goals.

However, the pace of the game was slow and methodical as the teams felt each other out in the important match-up.

West Linn led 4-2 at the break but quickly stepped on the gas in the third quarter and exerted its dominance.

Ryan Klose got the scoring started with a pretty shot three minutes into the second half. The Lions would win the ensuing face-off and Jacob Taylor would find Klose again right in front of the net to quickly make it 6-2.

To Sunset's credit, the Apollos did everything they could to stay within striking distance in the face of West Linn's increased intensity on offense.

Sunset rallied with a quick goal after falling behind 6-2 but West Linn would counter with another quick goal in transition, this time from Taylor.

Sunset would close the gap again to 7-4 and had a chance to get close. However, the Lions would kill off a late man-up opportunity for the Apollos to keep the momentum.

That's when the floodgates opened. West Linn, which has been a brilliant fourth-quarter team all season, seemingly knew it could score at will against Sunset and simply waited to turn its game up a few notches.

The Lions were relentless, scoring six of the next seven goals to put the game out of reach.

Karter Ferrin started the flurry with a well-placed low shot.

Two minutes later, Ian Anderson scooped up an attempted clear by Sunset and deposited it in the net.

Sunset would answer with another goal as it desperately tried to stay in contention. However, just 10 seconds later, Klose scooped up the face-off and scored again. Seventeen seconds later, after another face-off win by Dylan Tuor, Colin Squires, the team's long-stick midfielder poured in a goal to make it 11-5.

West Linn never let up, continuing to play at a relentless pace. Anderson and Ferrin each scored again to push the lead to 13-5 before the Lions finally started to eat up some clock to preserve the victory.

The Lions advanced to the Final Four for the second year in a row. They played No. 3 Jesuit at Lake Oswego High School in the first of two semifinals Wednesday. With a victory, West Linn would move on to play either OES or Lakeridge in the championship Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lake Oswego.

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