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With quintet of victories post Spring Break, things look to be turning around for Wildcats

PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Wilsonvilles offense came alive at many points during the season, most notably in an 18-4 defeat of Forest Grove. Wilsonville's boys' lacrosse team showed marked improvement over the course of the 2019 season. Last year the team put together a 3-14 resume, and went just 1-4 in the Northwest Conference. This year the team went 7-9 under the leadership of new head coach Kyle Hamburger, and 2-3 in the conference.

The Wildcats started off the season on a skid, going 0-3 in the first three. The team, to its credit, battled each team in those losses to a close verdict, less than four points each against Mountainside, Canby, and Thurston. Heading into spring break, the team was a pedestrian 2-4.

Coming out of the break the team was able to put together wins in a more convincing fashion. Though they lost that first game back against Aloha (10-8), the game was a 20-16 shootout where Wilsonville's shooters got to flex their muscles. After that, Wilsonville rattled off consecutive wins over Forest Grove, Century, and Hillsboro. PMG FILE PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Wilsonvilles defense was able to hold its opponent to less than 10 goals on eight separate occasions.

With the league season came the team's most difficult stretch, a trio of losses to Tualatin, La Salle Prep, and Sherwood had the Wildcats on the ropes. The team was able to bounce back with a 9-8 overtime win over Tigard on Tuesday, April 30, and then an 11-5 victory over Newberg on Friday, May 3. The team was unable to overcome its final hurdle in the North Valley League's Sprague (11-6), losing that final matchup 10-8.

Once Wilsonville got its feet under it, and learned how to adapt to injured personnel, after Spring Break the team went 5-5. With a renewed sense of energy, identity, nearing that .500 mark, the boys' lacrosse squad is nearing a turnaround in the way the team is perceived across the state.


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