Friday, April 8, 2011/lk
With two of its best players out of the lineup, Friday's match with Tigard was a key measuring stick for the Hood River Valley girls lacrosse team.
In their previous meeting with the Tigers, the Eagles waxed them by 10 goals.
They may not have aced the test this time around, but they did more than enough to pass as they knocked off Tigard 11-4.
With Margaret Gleasman and Alicia Everitt not able to play, the Eagles had to turn to several players in new roles, and while they took awhile to get comfortable, the Eagles were going full-steam-ahead by the second half.
The Eagles led by two goals at halftime but broke it open with a flurry of scoring and a stingy defense which kept the Tigers off the board until the final minute of the second half.
"It was a good test for them in terms of adversity," HRV coach Peter Nance said. "As a team they had a frustrating first half, being behind to a team they expected to dominate."
The team began to reach its comfort level in the second half with Hannah Hurley, Kim Costello and Makenzie Bassham sliding into the attacking and distributing roles.
Bassham led the Eagles with four goals and also had two assists, while Hurley had three goals and Costello two. Kayla VanHoose and Kristin Lago had one goal each for HRV.
Christina Silva had five saves, with almost all coming in the first half after the HRV defense left her without much to do in the second.
"It was a real credit to our captains," Nance said of the Eagles' ability to keep up a high level of play despite missing some key players.
HRV was expecting to be back at full strength for a slate of games against state powerhouses Wilson and Grant this week.
The Eagles are now 3-1 on the season and after nearly knocking off OES last week, Nance was excited to see how his team can do against more of the best teams in the state.
"That should be a real test of where we are at," he said.