By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Coming back from their Spring Break trip to Arizona where they face a Top 100 team Nationally in Notre Dame Prep of Arizona and Pinnacle High School, the West Salem High School Lacrosse team were looking for a chance to break back into the win-column for their big game versus Bend on Saturday at home.
Their opponent Tuesday night under the lights was Chiawana High School from The Evergreen State of Washington as the Titans built a 4-1 lead on the Seahawks entering the second quarter before Chiawana cut it in half in the first half of the second 12 minute frame to challenge West Salem to hold true to their playing style of sound Lacrosse.
And though the Titans were cycling in Junior Varsity players along side athlete’s like Wyatt Livengood, Garrett Davis and Andy Moreno, West Salem did not let the game get any closer than that as their offense exploded and scored nine of the games next ten goals to pull away from the Seahawks for the 13-3 win at home Tuesday night.
The way we were setting up plays and working on how we do plays, it’s nice to have that momentum come-in and out of this game,” said Moreno as his face-off ability was a factor in the Titans success in the victory. “It feels pretty good, being a family and bringing everyone together. Having a lot of people play today, it’s pretty nice.”
As they head back to practice Wednesday night with the threat of rain for Saturday afternoon’s contest versus the Lava Bears of Bend High School, West Salem hopes that the ninth-time is the charm as the Lava Bears hold a eight-game winning streak over the Titans.
Head Coach Sean Litrakis mentioned about the momentum and intensity they had starting against Pinnacle last Tuesday and that was visible versus Chiawana this Tuesday and Davis mentioned that the next few days of practice will help cut down the mistakes they’ve committed against Pinnacle and the Seahawks for Saturday’s game.
“We just got to come out strong, we played decent in Arizona against Pinnacle, the intensity was there but mental mistakes in order to beat Bend,” said Davis. “We just have to come out strong and keep our heads going, clicking with everyone. Just work hard in practice, this week is going to be high intensity for everyone, JV included because we are lacking subs and attackmen, so everyone needs to work hard and everyone needs to pay attention.”
First face-off is at 2pm Saturday at West Salem High School.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald