Lake Oswego boys lacrosse beats Jesuit 12-7, reaches state semifinals
*This story has been corrected
They're one of the many things that make sports great.
The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team — which competes in the same league with Lakeridge and West Linn — knows that as well as anyone.
But the Lakers have rivals in other quarters, too, and Jesuit clearly falls into that category.
So when Lake Oswego and Jesuit matched up in the quarterfinals of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs on Friday, May 24, at Lake Oswego High School, the Lakers were ready.
With all that as pretext, the fourth-seeded Three Rivers League champion Lakers left no doubt against the fifth-seeded Metro League runner-up Crusaders, breaking open a tight game to win 12-7 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
"I just think we all had heart the whole time. Nobody ever gave up," said Lake Oswego junior midfielder Charlie Ryan, who scored two of his three goals in Friday's fourth quarter. "And we just kept on hustling. We just wanted to win so we did."
"It's definitely big-time for the team," said Lake Oswego senior midfielder Michael Shakerin, who finished with two scores and also won 12 ground balls (most on faceoffs). "All the hard work we've put in from the offseason until now, all the adversity we've gone through with injuries and stuff, we've really come together. To beat a team like this that we lost to earlier in the season, it feels great."
In the process, the Lakers won for the eighth straight time, avenged an overtime loss to Jesuit back on April 9, improved their 2019 overall record to 14-4 and advanced to meet crosstown rival Lakeridge in the state semifinals at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Lake Oswego High School. Jesuit, meanwhile, lost for the second time in its final nine games and ended its season at 14-4.
"We're not even thinking about the semis or anything yet," Ryan said. "We're just thinking about this game. We'll think about the semis and Lakeridge and what we're going to put on them next."
"It's going to be a big game," added Shakerin. "It's going to take a lot of preparation. We're really excited for it. Everyone knows it's coming and we've just got to enjoy the moment when we have it."
The Lakers' defense came through early on, shutting out the Crusaders for the game's first 14 minutes, 44 seconds and giving the Laker offense a chance to build a 4-0 lead, getting scores from Ryan DeRaeve (assisted by Shakerin) and Jonas Hunter in the first quarter and from Shakerin in the second quarter, with Shakerin's score making it 3-0 with 9:52 remaining in the half.
But Jesuit didn't go away easily. Despite their slow start, the Crusaders rallied to score twice in the final 9:16 of the half and closed within 3-2 at the break, the first of those scores from Elan Sullivan (assisted by Aidan Corbitt) and the second by Colt Bordonaro (assisted by Sullivan) with 6:50 to go in the half.
But the Lakers' offense came to life in the second half, outscored the Crusaders 9-5 in the game's final two quarters and rolled to victory from there.
"This team, we all have so much heart," Ryan said. "We're grinding every single day."
"In the first half, we were kind of shaky, making some mistakes, but we had a good halftime talk and figured it out," Shakerin said. "I think we were able to come together and really play our team brand of lacrosse."
In the Lakers' 4-2 third quarter, Lake Oswego got single scores from Marshall McGuire (assisted by Dominick Sinclair) and Ryan, then two in the final 7:59 of the quarter by Sinclair (both of those set up by McGuire passes) to extend their lead to 7-4.
LO then tacked on another five scores in the fourth quarter to pull away, two by Ryan and one each from McGuire, Shakerin and Sinclair to close out the Lakers' win.
J.P. Faherty heated up in the second half for the Crusaders, scoring all three of his goals in the game's final 14:47, while Jesuit's other second-half goals came from Ben Wimmer and Bordonaro.
"It was fun to contribute," Ryan said of his three goals, adding "We have so much talent on this team, it's ridiculous."
"We just looked at the crowd, looked at each other and at how much we wanted it," Shakerin added. "We wanted it more than them, and we just had to come together and play a good game."
For the game, Sinclair and Ryan led LO with three goals each, while Shakerin and McGuire scored twice each. McGuire added two assists and four ground balls in the win.
For Jesuit, Faherty led with three goals and Bordonaro added two more, while Corbitt made two assists and Patrick Mueller picked up four ground balls.
*The original version of this story incorrectly identified Charlie Ryan in the accompanying photo; Ryan finished with three goals
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