The Wilsonville boys lacrosse team started fast.
And the Wildcats played tough during the first half of their Friday, April 30, home game against Sherwood.
But the Bowmen flexed their muscles in the second half, put the clamps on Wilsonville and pulled away to win 18-4 at Wilsonville High School.
"We always want to do better than the next person. We just keep going," said Sherwood attack Tai Stormont, who finished with four goals, three assists and three ground balls in the win over Wilsonville. "Every single game is pedal to the metal. We just want to keep playing."
"It was just a phenomenal game," said Bowmen middle Jack Causey, who led his team with five goals and 17 faceoffs. "We came out really hungry and wanted to play as a team, and it showed on the scoreboard. I was pumped with it."
With the win — the team's fourth straight — Sherwood improved to 3-0 in the Northwest division and 4-2 overall. Wilsonville, meanwhile, lost for the fourth straight time and fell to 0-2 in league play and 0-4 overall.
"We just need to work on listening (and) playing hard," said Wilsonville junior Toshi Kondo, who assisted on one goal and won seven faceoffs. "The skill, I believe it is there in our team. We just need to put it all together."
"I think we could have done better with our mental (game)," said freshman Gavin Waddell, who led his team with two goals in the contest. "We just needed to be more focused for the game."
Wilsonville freshman Eli Nelson got things started by scoring just 2 minutes, 5 seconds into the contest, but Sherwood answered with four straight scores over the next four minutes, getting goals from Causey, Jalen Cole, Stephen Kerr and Josh Young in that stretch to grab a 4-1 edge.
Wilsonville's Jackson Miller scored on a breakaway assisted by Nelson to stop that streak, but Sherwood's Owen Maynard closed the quarter with a score to give his team a 5-2 lead.
The Bowmen then tacked on four straight goals — two each by Causey and Stormont — in the first 11 minutes of the second period to extend their lead to 9-2, with Stormont's 10-yard sling shot connecting with 1:02 to go before the half.
Following that onslaught, Waddell scored on the break with 56 seconds left in the half following Kondo's faceoff win to make it 9-3 at the half.
While the Wildcats were competitive for most of the opening half, the Bowmen absolutely dominated the second, using 6-1 and 3-0 scoring edges in the third and fourth quarters to pull away. Stormont kicked off the scoring in the third quarter, followed by goals from McKay Rasmussen and two by Causey to extend their team's lead to 13-3.
The Bowmen kept their foot on the accelerator the rest of the way, too, extending their lead to 15-3 at the end of the third quarter and adding a 3-1 edge in the fourth for the final 18-4 margin.
After going 3-0 for their week, the Bowmen left with even more confidence in their abilities.
"I know I've got big hopes for us this year," Stormont said. "It's my third year on varsity, and I don't think I've had a team like this at Sherwood. We're definitely excited to see what we can do this year."
On their side, the Wildcats vowed to learn from their loss and to continue working and improving.
"We're fast and we're smart, (but we're) a young team," Kondo said. "We just need to work on everything."
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