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The Cougars have alternated wins and losses over last six games, but look to hone in on 'business trip' mindset

The Canby boys lacrosse team has had trouble finding consistent results over the last few weeks. The team is now 6-4 and has alternated wins and losses throughout its last seven contests dating back to an 11-4 win over Westview on April 1.

Now heading into the final stretch of the season against Three Rivers League opposition, the Cougars have their work cut out for them. Some of the top teams in the state will test their resolve, chief among them Lakeridge, Lake Oswego and West Linn.

For Canby boys lacrosse coach Trey Bellmore, the biggest part of the upcoming games is approaching the contests with a no-nonsense attitude.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Canby's Silas Wood works his way behind the Lakeridge net in the Cougars first encounter with the Pacers.

"With lacrosse, you can't underestimate anybody," Bellmore said ahead of his team's clash with Glencoe. "Anyone has a shot at winning (at) any given time. And we approach every game like it's a business trip. We're heading out to Glencoe tonight and our business trip consists of coming home 1-0. We'll go to Oregon City tomorrow, and it's the same mentality. It's a business trip."

On Thursday, April 21, Canby took care of business, defeating Glencoe 16-8 at Hare Field to earn the team's sixth win of the season. In the next contest April 22, Canby faced off against league opponent Oregon City in another important game to keep the team's playoff hopes alive.

On the field, the Cougars are led by senior attackers Cam Lee, Will English and Carter Sprague, as well as junior Silas Wood. In the middle of the field Tyler Konold and Landon Sprague hold things down, and Aidan Pedro directs the defense. Those leaders are who Bellmore looks to keep the team even-keeled on the field.

"They know it's their job to set the pace," Bellmore said. "We've had a little bit of trouble of taking good shots or not shots too quickly, but that comes with the discipline thing, and each game we can find little things that we're doing better and better and we're just building. We're going up the mountain, we're not coming down.

"That's the great thing about this class, especially the senior class, there's not one defined leader, there's four, five or six who really care about the game and getting better and the younger people," Bellmore continued. It makes my job really easy knowing I got four or five coaches on the field."

At 6-4, Canby is fourth in the Three Rivers League behind Lake Oswego/Riverdale (9-1), Lakeridge (9-2) and West Linn (7-3). The Cougars are tied with Clackamas and Oregon City in the league standings with 0-2 against league opponents. Going into the home stretch, Bellmore knows his team needs to get victories against the Pioneers and the Cavaliers. After that, it's all about sneaking one or two away from the big three in the league.

To do that it'll take the Cougars giving everything they have night in and night out, something Bellmore has impressed upon his team from day one.

"What I've been trying to get the kids to do since day one is … I don't care if we win every game or if we lose every game," Bellmore said. "What I care the most about is how we won or how we lost. Did we compete? Did we battle from the opening whistle to the end of the game? ... It's, 'We were frustrated, but we continue to fight, we continue to play our game and we worked hard.' I want those teams to remember that they played Canby and it wasn't easy."

After Canby's Friday night clash with Oregon City, the Cougars are slated to face off against Clackamas (1-6) on Tuesday, April 26.


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