By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.— Brady Foster was on fire for the Sprague Lacrosse team Saturday afternoon against West Albany. Of the nine goals the Olympians scored against the Bulldogs, Foster scored six of them in Sprague’s difficult 15-9 game on this day.
Foster admits that he knew he’s a big part of their offense, being one of the few returners from the last time the Olys took to the field two years ago, but knows too he’ll need to get his teammates involved for success on the short-stick side of the field. Trying to take the role as leader from those he played with as a freshman.
“It’s a lot different than when I was a freshman, I’ve had so many leaders above me, now it’s a lot different taking everyone under my wing. I’ve been adapting to it pretty well,” the Junior said. “I know I’m a big part of (the offense), after a while they’ll start blocking me off like (West Albany) did…I’ve been trying to get one of our freshmen in Blake (Altman) the initiative, but he’s still young and get him down and shoot that, but we’ll learn to it.”
Alex Lowe scored once and Santiago Blanco-Mills scored twice for Sprague.
Over the course of the game, Sprague slowly gathered themselves. After a slow start to the game that saw West Albany jump out to a 10-3 halftime lead, the defense settled in during the second half as their offense brought them in to within six when Foster hit on his third goal of the game with 7:58 left in the third quarter.
“We just had to get our flow and once we got our flow, sliding more then we started to pick it up a bit more,” freshman goalie Olen Cogar said. “We all have to step up, especially all the freshman guys. We have to be able to take the hit and give it as well. It’s going to be a challenge and we have to go up to it and get it.
The Bulldogs, who showed off a high-tempo offensive attack Saturday, answered. Pushing their lead back to 15-6 by the 7:05 mark of the fourth quarter, taking advantage of the gaps and holes presented by the Olympians in the first-meeting between the two teams. Something that Sprague will work on before the two squads meet up again on Tuesday in Albany.
“They were cutting through the middle and getting open shots. If we communicate that, clean those things up and they won’t be putting up 15, we’ll be good,” Foster said. “We have a really young team, when I was a freshman it was all Seniors. I think we had 16 Seniors. It’s a lot different, but we just have to go over the fundamentals in practice. Just clear things up, clean things (up) a little more and things will be good.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald