Newberg eyeing a playoff bid
High school round-up The Tiger boys lacrosse team splits with Century and Tualatin and are poised to finish fourth in the Pacific Conference
Propelled by four unanswered goals and a standout performance by goalie Austin Collins in the fourth quarter, Newberg downed Century 13-8 May 6 to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Tigers drive to the postseason was slowed, but not stopped, by a 16-4 home loss to Tualatin on Friday, as Newberg had the chance to wrap up fourth place and a spot in the Pacific Conference playoffs with a win Tuesday at Forest Grove (results unavailable at press time).
We were battling some injuries, so people stepped up and played out of position, said head coach Brian Wood. It just comes down to executing those little passes and we just let them slip. Well regroup.
Collins helped deliver the key win over Century by stopping all seven shots he faced in the fourth quarter, allowing the Tigers to pull away after entering the final period up 9-8. He finished the game with 18 saves.
Eric Albin led the attack with three goals and four assists, with Eric Wilson adding four goals and an assist and Justin Kosmicki tallying three scores and one helper.
It was a physical game, but we played well, Wood said.
Newberg fell behind 5-0 against Tualatin and was never able to recover.
Wilson finished with two goals and an assist, but by the time Newberg settled in, Tualatin was in full control.
You cant go down 5-0 against good teams. They play a zone D and force a lot of outside shots, which we nailed a couple there, but it was too late, too little, Wood said. You try to hit those outside shots early on to spread out their D, but with that five-goal cushion they were content to pack that D in on the crease so its tough.
Forest Grove 4, Newberg 1 The Tigers were undone by four errors, as the Vikings broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning May 7. Courtney Croft continued her strong hitting, collecting three hits and scoring Newbergs lone run in the third.
Glencoe 8, Newberg 2 The setback against the Pacific Conference-leading Crimson Tide dropped the Tigers into a three-way tie for third-place with Tigard and Forest Grove. Newberg traveled to play Tigard Tuesday (results unavailable) and will close out Thursday at second-place Tualatin. The top four teams in the league will receive automatic bids to the 6A state playoffs.
Newberg 8, Hillsboro 0 The Tigers rolled to the win in the regular season finale. Newberg finished 12-2 to place second behind Tualatin and will feature the top-seeded doubles tandem of Aidan Thillmann and Barry Vernon at the district tournament this weekend.
Newberg 7, Hillsboro 1 The Tigers swept in doubles and got wins from No. 1 Ashley Johnston, No. 2 Delaney Spellman and No. 4 Lauren Wiltshire in singles.
Cleveland 35, Newberg 0 The Tigers bowed out of the Bowl playoff (bottom four), falling to the Warriors for the second consecutive week.