Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Warriors stick their way past Skyview 7-3

Second win of lacrosse season

     Wood River Warriors high school lacrosse players posted their second win of the young season Saturday, April 5 with a 7-3 Treasure Valley Lacrosse League Division 2 victory over Skyview at Nampa.

     The scoring of senior Cooper Bailey (7 goals on 19 shots) and junior Hayden Thayer (5 goals on 22 shots, 2 assists) continues to lead the Warriors (2-1-0) coached by Aaron Prazenka.

     Wood River’s only loss to date came Wednesday, April 2 in Mountain Home to division-leading Borah of Boise (3-0-0). Borah (24 goals scored in 3 games) defeated the Warriors 5-3 in that close outcome.

     In that loss, the Warriors returned from Spring Break looking a little flat.

     Borah played a physical style of defense that kept the Warriors on the outside limiting shooting opportunities, and causing a lot of turnovers and ball down situations.

     The Lions won the ground ball battle 71-41 and the face offs 9-2.  Borah scored twice early. Thayer put the Warriors on the board with a low heater that found the net from 15 yards out.

     Borah added two more before Bailey scooped up a ground ball in front of the goal and slipped it by the goalie.

     The Lions built their lead to 5-2 in the fourth period and Thayer scored another in traffic from five yards out.

     Defensively for the Warriors, Travis Swanson, Hans Heaphy and Hayes Gilman played well and midfielder Gus Conrad stepped up playing with a long pole in man-down situations.

     Saturday was a much better day for the Warriors defeating Skyview 7-3 in Nampa.

     With a depleted roster due to injuries and a scheduling conflict with the band many new players got to test their skills.

     Bailey was on fire with four goals, aggressive ground ball play (7 ground balls) and tenacity on defense. Anders Fortuin added two goals and Matt Galgano found the twine once.

     Coach Prazenka was pleased with the defensive effort stating that, “Travis and Zach Swanson anchored the defense with Hayes Gilman filling in nicely after starting the season late.

     “Hayden Thayer jumped in at long pole middie providing a physical presence following face offs. We showed great improvement on defensive discipline and overall game play, even with depleted numbers we showed that we can adapt and depend on each other.”

     The coach pointed to good ball movement on offense from Fortuin, Galgano and Bailey contributing to the win. He praised goalie Miles Jones (5 saves) for learning to communicate more effectively with the defense.

     Freshman goalie Jones has backstopped Wood River making 30 saves in three games and allowing only 13 goals. With its loss to Wood River, Skyview fell to 0-3-0.

     The Warriors continue their 12-game TVLL Division 2 season today, Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Emmett, at the Mountain Home West Elementary field. It’s off to Meridian High School Saturday, April 12 to play Meridian at 5 p.m.

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