Lake Oswego boys lacrosse rolls past Sunset 17-8 in OHSLA quarterfinals
The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team is knocking on the door.
But if the Lakers want to kick that door open, they're going to have to beat the best.
Lake Oswego took the latest step on its journey on Friday, May 27, when it knocked off Sunset 17-8 in the OHSLA state quarterfinals at Lake Oswego High School. Next up is a battle against top-seeded Jesuit for a berth in the state championship; that game is set for Wednesday, July 1, at Jesuit High School.
The Lakers, who lost to Jesuit 19-8 back in early April, say they'll be ready.
"I think we are just going to be ready," said Lake Oswego senior midfielder Sean Ericson, who posted a 21-7 edge in faceoffs over two Sunset opponents. "Jesuit is a great opponent. We need to work on some little things here and there, but I think it will be a great game."
Junior attack Mason Fisch — he led all scorers with five goals against Sunset — believes the Lakers have the depth, talent and desire to compete with the Crusaders.
"Payback. We'll be ready," he said. "(We're) really deep. Gavin (McGuire) is one of our best players, but if they try to focus on him, all the other guys on the team and even some of the guys on the bench are just so good."
With the win over Sunset, the team's sixth in its last seven games, fourth-seeded Lake Oswego improved to 16-4 overall after finishing second in the Three Rivers League. Fifth-seeded Sunset, meanwhile, lost for just the second time in its final eight games and ended its year at 11-7 overall after placing second in the Metro League.
The Apollos were led by three goals from Drew Scott and two from Maxwell Odom.
While the Lakers eventually pulled away to win comfortably, Sunset was still down just 8-6 after Parker Dechant hit a 15-yard overhand shot 2 minutes and 33 seconds into the second half.
But Lake Oswego absolutely dominated down the stretch, outscoring Sunset 9-2 over the game's final 20:42, starting with five unanswered goals that pushed its lead to 13-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Junior Calvin Macy (four goals) got that started when he drove down the right side and hit an overhand shot. Junior Alex Kemalyan made it two in a row on a lightning-quick break started by Ericson's faceoff win, a pass to McGuire and the assist to Kemalyan.
Sophomore Nolan Rabb connected after a rebound to make it 11-6, McGuire hit an overhand shot to push the lead to six and Macy capped the quarter when he bounced home a shot from 12 yards out with just four seconds left for that 13-6 lead.
The Lakers kept the heat on in the fourth quarter, too, outscoring Sunset 4-2 in the period and leading 17-7 before the Apollos tacked on a goal by Scott with 20 seconds remaining.
Fisch converted the first of those goals when he circled out from behind the Sunset goal to score, Rabb hit a left-hander less than a minute later, McGuire added a low sling that boosted his team's lead to 16-6, and after Sunset's Odom took a pass from Dylan Westin and hit on the break, Fisch capped LO's scoring with 1:03 left to play.
"It was super fun," Fisch said. "We played four quarters like we're always talking about. We played the whole game full speed. It was great."
"It takes us a little bit to get rolling, but once we do, it's pretty good," Ericson said.
For the game, McGuire finished with two goals, two assists and four ground ball, sophomore Gunnar Olson had two assists, junior Scotty Weiss had seven ground balls and senior goalie Bond Barnette made nine saves.
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