Lakeridge boys lacrosse dumps Central Catholic 13-5 in playoff opener
Everybody needs a good warm-up.
Even the top-seeded Lakeridge boys lacrosse team.
The Pacers, the No. 1 team in the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs, led Central Catholic by just one goal after the first quarter of their Tuesday, May 21, playoff game.
But Lakeridge, which hadn't played in a week, warmed up after that, outscored the Rams by seven goals in the night's final three quarters and pulled away to win 13-5.
"We came out and we knew what we needed to do," said Lakeridge sophomore attack Jude Cowie, one of five Pacers to score two goals on Tuesday. "We were a little bit slow in the first half, but we got our things together in the second half."
"I think the defense played well," added junior midfielder Ty Glumbik, who also scored twice in the win. "It was just a good game to get started and get everything going."
With the win, Lakeridge's second straight, the Pacers improved to 15-5 overall after finishing third in the Three Rivers League regular season. Next up, the Pacers will host eighth-seeded Lincoln (an 11-9 winner over Tualatin on Tuesday) in the state quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24.
"Offense was buzzing, defense was buzzing, boys were moving," said Lakeridge junior goalie David Nyhus. "If we can ride this wave, then we've got to take it."
"It's who wants it more. It's about us," Glumbik added. "It's about getting our team better and I think tonight was a great night to do that."
No. 17 Central Catholic, meanwhile, lost for a second straight time and ended its year at 7-9 overall after finishing fourth in the Columbia League.
After holding Central Catholic to single goals in three of Tuesday's four quarters, the Pacers knew their defense had done its job.
"The defense was playing well, and when they play well, they make me look good," Nyhus said. "Props to my defense."
The Rams scored the game's first goal — and grabbed their only lead of the night in the process — but the Pacers closed the first quarter with scores from Ty DeLancellotti and Thiago Achar-Winkels (his goal assisted by DeLancellotti) to lead 2-1 early.
After its slow start, however, the Lakeridge offense began to warm up over the next two periods, outscoring Central 4-2 in the second quarter and 4-1 in the third to extend the Pacer lead to 10-4.
Glumbik scored back-to-back goals at the start of the second quarter, Cody Hart connected for two of his team's next three goals, and Cowie capped the third period when he took a pass from Wes Jackson and beat Rams goalie Sutton Yazzolino in the final second to make it 10-4.
Lakeridge then tacked on a 3-1 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to pull away.
"We were a little bit tight in the first half, but as we started to run our offense and get more comfortable with our teammates and trust each other, we started feeling what we wanted to work on," Cowie said.
For the game, Cowie, Thiago Achar-Winkels, DeLancellotti, Glumbik and Cody Hart scored twice each. For Central Catholic, the Rams were led in scoring by Elliot DeFrancesco-Evans.
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