Sherwood starts fast on its way to getting a 14-5 victory

by: DAN BROOD - IN ACTION -- Sherwood High School senior Mickey Schaefer (24) looks to take a shot in front of Tigard sophomore Cameron Oldham in Friday's game. The Bowmen scored a 14-5 victory. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School boys lacrosse team got off to a bit of a rough start to the season, playing against some rugged competition early on.

But, as of late, the Bowmen have been rolling in a big way.

And not even a scrappy Tigard team could slow them down.

Sherwood picked up its fourth win in a row by sprinting to a 14-5 victory over the Tigers in a non-league game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

“It was a little rough at the beginning of the season,” said Sherwood senior midfielder Kevin Larkin, who scored four goals in the victory. “But we’ve really come together. It’s good to see that, and we’re having fun, too.”

“We were just clicking on offense tonight,” Sherwood senior Mickey Schaefer said. “We were ready to go. We wanted to win by a lot.”

With the loss, the young Tigard team, which has just one senior on the varsity roster, moved to 4-6 at that point. Sherwood, after starting the season at 1-5, evened its overall mark at 5-5 with the win.

“It was a good night,” Schaefer said. “We’re keeping a positive attitude and are having fun.”

The Bowmen got off to a fast start in Friday’s game. Larkin scored on a close-range shot less than two minutes into the contest and Schaefer added a goal on a spinning shot from 20 yards away with 7 minutes and 32 seconds left in the first quarter to give the home team a quick 2-0 lead.

“One of our main goals tonight was to get out in front early,” Larkin said.

Tigard, getting a goal on a falling shot by sophomore Jacob Chesler, trimmed the margin to 2-1 with 6:43 left to play in the quarter.

But the Sherwood defense, including senior Spencer Ellsworth, junior Dylan Coleman, senior Cam Thiemann and sophomore goalie Sean Allen, among others, didn’t allow Tigard to score another goal in the period.

Meanwhile, the Bowmen, getting another goal by Schaefer, took a 3-1 lead to the second quarter.

Sherwood took off in the second quarter. The Bowmen opened the period with a goal by Larkin and back-to-back goals by senior Cortland Hutchison, the second coming off an assist from Schaefer, to push the margin to 6-1 with 6:12 left in the first half.

The Bowmen didn’t stop there. Larkin and Schaefer added a goal apiece to make the score 8-1 with 3:47 left in the period.

Tigard, getting a goal by sophomore Matt Hockman off a pass from junior Mason Worrell, slowed the Sherwood scoring spree momentarily.

by: DAN BROOD - FIRE AWAY -- Tigard junior Kyle Baldes (3), with Sherwood defender Spencer Ellsworth beside him, takes a shot at the Bowmen goal, which is guarded by sophomore goalie Sean Allen.But the Bowmen got goals from senior Parker Goedecke, off a pass from Larkin, from junior Tarin Denney, who scooped up a loose ball in front of the Tigard goal before scoring, and from Schaefer, all in the final 2:01 of the period to claim an 11-2 halftime advantage.

Sherwood continued rolling after the intermission. The Bowmen opened the third quarter by getting goals by senior Grant Robinette and from Larkin, off an assist from Robinette, to push the lead to 13-2 with 6:53 remaining in the period.

Tigard got a bounce-shot goal from junior Kyle Baldes, off a pass from Hockman with 1:27 left in the period to cut the Sherwood lead to 13-3 going into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers, still battling strong, got a pair of goals by a hustling Chesler in final stanza. The Bowmen’s final goal in the 14-5 win came on a driving shot by Hutchison off a pass from Larkin with 4:46 remaining.

“That was good,” Larkin said. “We played well. I thought the defense did great tonight.”

Chesler led the Tigers with three goals in the contest. Hockman and Baldes added one goal apiece.

Larkin and Schaefer each had four goals for the Bowmen in the win, and Hutchison added three goals.

Sherwood, which is the defending Northwest Oregon Conference champion, is also hoping that Friday’s impressive performance is a good sign for the rest of the season.

“We definitely want to be league champs again, and see how far we can go in the playoffs,” Schaefer said.

“We’ve got a lot of multi-sport athletes, and that really helps,” Larkin said. “We’re looking to repeat as league champions. Last year, we got to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. We want to take it one step farther this year and get to the final four.”

On Tuesday, Tigard fell 10-4 to Central Catholic in a non-league game played at Central Catholic High School. Sherwood lost 13-6 to powerhouse Oregon Episcopal School in a non-league game played at Sherwood High School.

Both local squads will be back in action on Friday. Tigard will be home to face Wilson in a non-league game starting at 8:30 p.m. The Bowmen will be traveling to Tualatin for an 8 p.m. non-league contest. On Tuesday, Sherwood will play at Lincoln in a non-league game starting at 8 p.m.

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