Boys lacrosse in midst of a turnaround
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.
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.