Lakeridge boys lacrosse beats Lincoln 8-5 in quarterfinal
The Lakeridge boys lacrosse team wasn't going to leave anything to chance.
Not with a return trip to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association semifinals at stake.
The Pacers proved their readiness by battling past Lincoln 8-5 in the OHSLA state quarterfinals at Lakeridge High School on Friday, May 24. In the process, top-seeded Lakeridge won for the third straight time, improved to 16-5 overall and advanced to face fourth-seeded crosstown rival Lake Oswego (14-4 overall after winning the Three Rivers League) in the semis at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Lake Oswego High School.
"To get back to the semis is an unbelievable feeling," said Lakeridge senior long sick middle/defender Jackson McGinley, who scored once against Lincoln. "It's my second semifinal and to see that our goal for the season is so close, there's nothing like it."
"It's huge to make it to the semifinals again, but we're just taking it one game at a time and that's how we've done it all season," added senior midfielder Wes Jackson, who also scored once in the victory.
Eighth-seeded Lincoln — which finished its season at 10-11 after finishing third in the Columbia Conference — didn't make it easy, however.
The Cardinals trailed 3-1 after the first quarter and 5-2 at the half, but put together a 3-0 scoring edge in the third quarter to close within 7-5 before the Pacer "D" stepped up and shut Lincoln out the rest of the way.
"I think overall we played an extremely solid game," McGinley said. "We weren't close to our potential and I know our offense can put up a lot more than eight, but we made few mistakes and played smart and sound lacrosse."
"I think our team played great," Jackson said. "Everyone played as a team and everyone did their job to win."
For Lakeridge, senior attack Ty DeLancellotti came through with a team-high three goals, two assists and two ground balls, while five other players — junior Luke Lamont, Jackson, sophomore Cody Hart, junior Thiago Achar-Winkels and McGinley — scored once each for the Pacers.
Hart also recorded three assists, while McGinley and freshman Ethan Bernhardt tied for team-high honors with seven ground balls each. Junior goalie David Nyhus did his part, too, finishing with 12 saves, five of them in the second quarter.
For Lincoln, Finn Russell led the way with two goals, while teammates Riley Prince, Stuart Diffely and Rowan Schnebly scored once each. Diffely also picked up three ground balls, while Matthew Phillipi and Jordan Bruce came up with two each.
Both McGinley and Jackson talked about their team's mental attitude towards the game and the playoffs as a whole.
"It is a testament to the team's hard work and dedication," McGinley said. "We have really come together towards the end of the season to make our final push."
"The key to winning was our mentality," Jackson added. "Not worrying about winning the game, but instead winning the next ground ball, and that resonated throughout the team."
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