The Canby boys lacrosse team's season ended earlier than usual but also in a more promising spot.
While the Cougars normally win a few games in the Cascade Cup tournament, a tournament for teams that don't qualify for the state tournament, Canby qualified for state for the first time since 2011, earned the No. 19 seed and met No. 14 Tigard in the first round Friday, May 19.
The game was evenly matched through much of the opening half but Tigard's dominant third quarter and goal prevention proved the difference in its 12-6 victory.
Canby's offense peaked at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter.
Following a Tigard goal to open the game, Canby's Zach Pilorget shimmied around a defender and blazed a shot through the net to tie the game 1-1 with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Then, to give Canby a 2-1 lead, Connor Saltmarsh aimed a medium range shot to the left of the Tigard goalkeeper's right shoulder and into the goal.
Tigard scored two unanswered goals and led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Canby then seized its second and final lead of the game in the beginning of the second quarter.
Nate McDonald first netted a midrange shot and then, following a valiant Canby defensive stop highlighted by a couple saves from goalkeeper Garrett Netter, Aaron Kromer scurried half the length of the field and passed to Andrew Strand – who buried his shot into the net.
But following Canby's 4-3 lead, Tigard scored two goals at the end of the second quarter to take a 5-4 halftime lead and then six more unanswered goals.
The Tigers held the Cougars scoreless between the 8:45 mark of the second quarter and the 5:24 mark of the fourth quarter.
McDonald ended the drought – slinging a medium range shot off of a pass from Strand to cut Tigard's lead to 12-5.
To notch the Cougars final goal of the season, Tayvn Jorgensen weaved past three defenders and finished a point blank shot.
Canby finished the season with an 8-11 overall record and a 2-8 record in Three Rivers League play and earned an at-large bid to the state playoffs.