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Newberg boys lacrosse hitting its stride


The Tigers down Cleveland and Corvallis to improve to 5-4 on the season

There was no shortage of motivation when Newberg lined up against Cleveland April 17 under the lights at Loren Douglas Field.

After all, the Warriors drubbed the Tigers 18-0 in Portland last year. So it would have been understandable if the Tigers had been disheartened when Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes. by: SETH GORDON - Playing big - Senior goalie Austin Collins squares up against Cleveland shooter in the second half of Newberg's 17-12 home victory April 17. Collins made 19 saves in the victory

Rather, Newberg answered right back, scoring eight unanswered goals to go up 8-2 at halftime, then staved off a late Warriors rally to preserve an especially sweet 17-12 victory.

“I think we had a fire under our butts because of the 18-0 loss last year,” senior goalie Austin Collins said. “We wanted to come back and show them what kind team we are now. We just came out and took it to them the best we could and it worked out in our favor.”

The Tigers suffocated the Cleveland offense after the initial two goals, causing numerous turnovers with stick checks, double teams and, when things did break down, well-timed slides.

Newberg held the Warriors scoreless for more than 26 consecutive minutes until they broke through four and a half minutes into the third period. Collins had a lot to do with that as well, finishing with 19 saves.

Cleveland found success offensively the rest of the way, but was unable to trim the deficit below five goals until there was just 1:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.

A half a minute later Eric Albin scored his sixth goal of the contest to put the result to bed.

Justin Kosmicki added four goals of his own, with Ezekiel Stone adding three and Eric Wilson two.

Kosmicki characterized it as the best offensive performance of the season because players moved well off the ball, eventually confusing the defense to open up scoring opportunities.

“We had multiple players with multiple goals, so we were moving the ball,” NHS coach Brian Wood said. “It was just a team effort.”

Newberg turned around to best Corvallis 13-5 Friday, improving its record to 5-4 overall, which is the best in the Pacific Conference entering league play.