By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Sprague-South Salem Lacrosse team survived a lull in Tuesday night’s season-opening win against Tigard. The Tigers were chipping away at an 7-2 deficit and got it to 7-4 going into the fourth quarter before the Olympians pulled themselves together and rebuilt the five goal differential in the final 12 minutes of the game. Using a pair of goals and growing confidence in their offense to help the squad open the season on top 9-4.
“I have to say, it’s pretty easy for us. We know each other pretty well. We kept going back, they scored and we scored. I don’t think anyone lost faith in the team at all, especially after halftime, we hyped up the team and everything. We stayed connected and everything,” Alex Cravenho said.
The freshman had himself a hat trick in his first Varsity game, his first High School game to lead the co-op squad. Ryker Pruett contributed a brace, a two-goal performance, as the Olys athleticism shined between the two squads who reached the second round of the Cascade Cup Lacrosse Playoffs last Spring. Sprague-South Salem will head to play Forest Grove Thursday and Roseburg on Friday before hosting Newberg on March 21, going into Spring Break with the squad looking to build upon their Game 1 successes and improve overall.
“Just going 200-percent at practice and not messing around. We mess around, laugh and everything, but at the end of the day we got to stay focused on the task. When it comes to gameday, do not mess around and stay focused and win,” Cravenho said.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald