West Linn Lions Lacrosse lose state title in a heartbreaker to the Lakeridge Pacers

The West Linn Lions Boys Lacrosse team (17-4, 8-2 Three Rivers League) took on the Lakeridge Pacers (20-3,10-0 TRL) with the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association state title on the line. It was an up and down game for the Lions, with moments of hope for a state championship. Unfortunately when the final buzzer sounded, West Linn had fallen 15-7.

“We all huddled around our goalie Will Strickland,sophomore, and only positive things were said.” Ian Anderson, junior, said. “Everyone was so proud of the whole team for making it that far.”

The Pacers were on the board first with an early goal but Dalton Tuor, senior, stormed up the field and scored for the Lions. After another Lakeridge goal, Zach Gaunt, senior tied the score at 2-2. With a 1:20 left in the first quarter, Jack McMenomey, senior, knotted the score at 3-3. The Pacers flew down the field and ten seconds later, were up 4-3.

Lakeridge scored at the 7:29 mark in the second quarter with the Lions responding 18 seconds later. By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, West Linn was down 5-4.

The Pacers started the second half with three straight goals, extending their lead to four goals, 8-4. The Lions briefly rallied with goals from Ryan Bowers, junior, and Ryan Klose, freshman. Lakeridge again went on a three goal streak, and at the start of the fourth quarter, had an 11-6 lead.

Klose added another goal in the fourth to pull within four, but that was the last of West Linn’s scoring. The Pacers rattled off four straight goals and never looked back. When the clock hit zero, Lakeridge was the 2013 OHSLA state champions.

“We play with more heart than any other team. We’re a family and everybody was crying because we were still happy but also kind of sad. It’s sad we couldn’t pull through but the reality is we still took second, and that’s the best we’ve done in ten years. It was a season to remember,” said Anderson.