The coaching staff was proud of Wood River Warrior lacrosse players, who split a pair of well-played high school games last weekend in Boise.
The Warriors fell to Eagle 5-2 Saturday, then battled back and captured an amazing 5-3 victory over East Boise on Sunday. Warrior goal scorers were Stevie Rosso (4), Brandon Brocklebank, Travis Amick and Chris Bailet (2 assists).
"I couldn't believe the heart and passion these guys played with," said Warrior coach Doug Cooper after Sunday's 5-3 triumph. "They wanted that win more than anything. As a team they worked and fought hard together."
Backstopping the Warrior defense was goalie Joey Stevenson. He stopped 22 shots Saturday and flattened two Eagle attackmen who ventured a little too close to the net. Sunday, Stevenson stopped 20 shots.
Although Eagle had a clear edge in lacrosse experience, the Warriors peppered the Eagle goalie with 27 shots Saturday—Noah Lindley 8, Chris Bailet 7, Matt Jost 5 shots and 1 assist, Travis Amick 2, Jeff Conover 1.
Rosso, the team leader in the important ground-ball category, tallied his goals by dodging several Eagle defensemen and using his excellent aim to place the goals out of reach of the veteran Eagle netminder.
Defensively, the Warriors were solid in the loss. Jason Syms came up with two ground balls at critical times that reversed the attack. Soren Ireland dominated his opponent all day long. James Hanson played physically, while Kjell Ooms completed several feeds for middies and fast breaks.
Sunday's 5-3 Warrior victory over East Boise revolved around their ground ball dominance. "On this day of battle, ground balls was the name of the game," said coach Cooper, helped by Bill Baybutt and Alan Stevenson.
He said Stevie Rosso and James Hanson led the Warriors in ground balls, followed by Jeff Conover, Jake Robinson, Matt Jost and Cord Roth.
"The Warriors wouldn't take no for an answer when the ball hit the ground," said Cooper. "We commend our young Warriors for a weekend of hard-fought battle and a fantastic victory."