Lacrosse the Border: Rise to the Top

It’s been a while since the last video, but hopefully the rest will come more frequently. We’ve played quite a few games since the last video and the teams looking pretty good. If you haven’t been keeping up with the polls on the MCLA website we are currently number 10 in the league and number 1 in the PNCLL.

Hello Lacrosse All Stars Family,

It’s been a while since the last video, but hopefully the rest will come more frequently. We’ve played quite a few games since the last video and the team’s looking pretty good. If you haven’t been keeping up with the polls on the MCLA website we are currently number 10 in the MCLA and number 1 in the PNCLL. With the season in full swing, each week is a challenge for us to continue to focus on every practice and step along the way any making the most of our time at practice and games.

Our first game since the last one was against our conference rival the Oregon Ducks. Our seniors had never beaten this team and we lost to them by 1 last season. Every one was really excited for this team and excited to get another shot at them. We came out from the opening whistle firing and never looked back from there. Our team was playing very well on both sides of the ball. This game was definitely the most intense one so far in the season and had everything you would expect in a rivalry game. This was a very fun game to play in as a freshman because it was my first taste of a rivalry game. We ended up beating them 15-5 and everyone was very pleased with the win.

We kept the ball rolling the following week when we took on the Vandal from Idaho. I was pretty excited for this game personally because I knew a lot of guys on the Idaho team. We were in control of this game from the beginning and kept the pressure on the Vandals the whole time. Our offense was putting shots in the back of the net and our defense almost held them to a shut out. The final score was 14-2.

After this game we hit the road and went to Oregon to face the Utah Utes and the Oregon State Beavers. The game against the Utes was our first road game in two weeks. We started a little slow but picked up the intensity and were able to finish the game with an 18-8 victory. The game against Oregon State was another big one for our team. Last year they knocked us out of the playoffs by a score of 11-4. Everyone on our team wanted to get the bad taste out of our mouth and get a victory. The game was back and forth the entire first three quarters. Once the 4th quarter hit we were able to increase the intensity and control the rest of the game with and ending score of 9-5.

Our most recent trip to Arizona was a good experience for the team and we think we are going to be able to learn from it and it will help us with the rest of our season.

In the first game, we played the then #14 University of Arizona Wildcats. The game was close the whole time. Both teams were playing solid offense and defense and no one was going to budge. We were up 8-6 until Arizona put one in the back of the net bringing them to within 1. There was around one minute left in the game and we got a slashing penalty.

Arizona had the ball and was moving it around and our man down defense was going through its rotation. Then they tried a skip pass form X to top middle. As the ball was passed our senior captain Riley Wanzer was able to deflect the pass. He then went and scooped the ground ball and flicked it to our middie Travis Hayes who was able to clear it allow us to call a timeout. We gave the ball to Ward Spencer. We were still man down so Ward had the ball in top left corner right by the change box. As the ref blew the whistle Arizona double-teamed him and some how he was able to sneak between the two players and we ran the rest of the clock out to get the victory 8-7.

The rest of our Arizona trip will be included in next week’s post.

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