Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Warriors keep lacrosse playoff hopes alive

8-7 over Capital, seniors to be feted Saturday

Wood River Warriors players Cal McCarthy (#24) and Chauncey McGraw (#36, with the ball) take the action to Capital of Boise during Saturday’s game in Hailey. Courtesy photos by Val Seamons

A pretty decent lacrosse rally thrilled the home crowd.

The Wood River Warriors hosted Capital High School of Boise Saturday in a game that may have determined the last playoff spot for the TVLL Championship Tournament.

Led by the scoring of David Dredge, Tracy Bailet and Luke McNees (2 goals), Wood River won 8-7 with a late rally.

The two teams were on the bubble tied in the TVLL season standings prior to Saturday's game. Capital led most of the way, but the Warrior seniors took control in the fourth quarter with five goals to win 8-7. Dredge (2 goals, 3 assists) led the way for the Warriors.

Trailing 7-5 with less than five minutes remaining, the Warriors put together a fast break. Robbie Jost (1 goal, 1 assist) fed Bailet in front of the goal and Bailet (3 goals, 2 assists) buried a bounce shot to pull within one.

Dredge won the ensuing face off and passed to Jost who tied it 7-7 with less than a minute to go. Again Dredge won the face off and this time he took it all the way for the game winner with nine seconds left.

Capitol won the final face off and got one last shot, but

Warriors goalie Kasey Barker (11 saves) made the stop and killed the clock.

Midfielder Gus Engelhardt played a big role in the victory—winning ground balls, facing off and making big checks to cause turnovers. Hard-hitting defenders Chauncey McGraw and Cody Chandler held Capital to two goals in the second half, both in man down situations.

The Warriors host their final home game against undefeated Timberline Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at the high school field in Hailey. There will be a ceremony to honor the seniors many of whom have been starters for four years.

Check next week's Local Life for a Warriors team photo.

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