Lake Oswego boys lacrosse rallies past Lakeridge 13-11
The first time the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge boys lacrosse teams met, the Pacers delivered an 18-6 beatdown on the Lakers' home field.
The two teams' Friday, May 10, rematch at Lakeridge High School was no beatdown, but it definitely provided a measure of revenge for the Lakers, who came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 13-11 and extend their lead in the Three Rivers League.
"Coming back from an 18-6 loss against anybody, coming back and being able to get them the second time, that just feels good to know that you're improving as a team," said Lake Oswego senior goalie George O'Brien, who helped hold the Pacers to a single goal over the game's final 9 minutes, 56 seconds. "The key I think is just working hard behind the scenes."
"I'm feeling great right now," said Lake Oswego junior midfielder Marshall McGuire, who led all scorers with five goals on Friday. "Especially after last game — they really came out and ... punched us in the mouth at our house — we had to look inside and figure stuff out. We put in a great body of work and the proof is the game we had tonight."
With the win — the Lakers' fifth straight since losing to the Pacers on April 16 — Lake Oswego improved to 6-1 and maintained its lead in the TRL play and 11-4 overall. The Pacers, meanwhile, lost for the second straight time and fell to 5-3 in TRL play and 13-5 overall.
"I thought we had it," said Lakeridge senior attack Ty DeLancellotti, who scored once and added a pair of assists. "We've just got to sharpen up on both sides of the ball. I think this is a big learning experience for us as a team and we've just got to get back to the drawing board and watch film and get better as a team."
"(Lake Oswego) played a great game and they stuck together and they worked hard to get that win," added Lakeridge senior attack Hunter Daskalos, who led his team with four goals. "We just need to come together as a group and buy in. We've got to dedicate and sacrifice for the little things and I think that will help us in the end."
The Lakers started fast on Friday, grabbing a 4-3 lead at the end of the opening quarter thanks to three McGuire goals and a score from Hayden Hecht assisted by McGuire. The Pacers stayed close on scores from Jake Reichle, Ty Glumbik and DeLancellotti, then moved into the lead in the second period.
There, Lakeridge got back-to-back scores from Wes Jackson and — after a goal by LO's Michael Shakerin — added an overhand shot by Glumbik for a 6-5 edge with just 14 seconds left in the half.
The Pacers then scored two of the first three goals of the second half — both by Daskalos — to take an 8-6 edge with 6:18 remaining in the third quarter. On the first of those, Daskalos took a DeLancellotti pass and hit an overhand shot from left side, while on the second, he powered out from behind the Laker goal and hit a twisting, leaping shot that gave his team that two-goal lead.
But the Lakers answered in-kind, getting back-to-back scores from Ryan DeRaeve in the final 2:07 of the third period, the second of those tying the game at 8-8 when DeRaeve took a Shakerin pass and converted in the final second of the frame.
Lakeridge pushed ahead twice more in the fourth quarter — both times on goals by Daskalos — the second of those off a Glumbik pass that made it 10-9 with 9:56 left to play.
Lake Oswego held the upper hand down the stretch, though, outscoring Lakeridge 4-1 in the game's final 8:27 on goals by McGuire, DeRaeve, Richard Dorjgurkhem and Jonas Hunter, while at the same time, limiting the Pacers to just one Cody Hart score.
"They're a great team. They'll be up in the playoffs just like us — I'm sure they'll be going deep," O'Brien said. "At the same time, we are a team that's never going to be satisfied. We're just going to keep working hard."
"I think we have great team composure — we always trust each other and have confidence," McGuire said. "And if you mess up, it's 'Flush it and just get ready for the next play.' That's been the key to our season the past couple of weeks and things are paying off as you can tell."
On their side of the field, the Pacers knew they'd let one slip away and left determined to learn from the loss.
"We made some mistakes, but we tried to fight and make the next play and we worked together as a family," Daskalos said.
"I think we just needed to communicate more," DeLancellotti added.
In addition to McGuire's five goals, DeRaeve added three for LO. For Lakeridge, besides Daskalos' four scores, Jackson and Glumbik added two each.