West Linn boys lacrosse opens playoffs with 11-4 win over Sherwood
The journey has begun for the West Linn boys lacrosse team.
The second-seeded Lions, after a runner-up finish in the Three Rivers League, opened the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association playoffs with an 11-4 victory over No. 18 Sherwood on Tuesday, May 21, at West Linn High School.
With the win, the team's fourth straight, West Linn improved to 15-3 overall and advanced to the state quarterfinals. Sherwood, the Northwest Conference runner-up, ended its season at 7-11.
Next up, the Lions will host Oregon Episcopal School — the two-time defending state champion — at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. OES, the 2019 Columbia League champion, enters Friday's contest as winner of three straight games and carrying a 13-4 overall record.
In Tuesday's win, the Lions started fast, racing out to a 4-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and extending their edge to 6-2 at the half.
"Spencer Edwards did a great job controlling the faceoffs," said West Linn coach Mark Flood. "(And the) wing play by Eli Thayer and Clint Berggren was excellent."
West Linn tacked on a 5-0 scoring edge in the third quarter to boost its lead to 11-2 after three periods and coasted to victory from there.
"The Lions were able to get all their field players in the game with many freshmen playing the last eight minutes of the game against Sherwood's starting players," Flood added.
The Lions were led by Ethan Loun's four goals, another three from Michael Stell, two by Ross Scott and one each from Chase Fletcher, Zach Vannaman and Lucas Hockman.
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