Friday, May 2, 2014

Warriors ready for home finale after sweeping Archers

Home game is Saturday at Homer Field

     Winning its seventh straight, the Wood River Warriors lacrosse team (8-1-0) posted an 8-3 Treasure Valley Lacrosse League (TVLL) Division 2 triumph over the Ambrose School Archers Wednesday evening.

     The Warriors pulled out the broom to complete the season sweep of the Ambrose school from Meridian Wednesday afternoon on the Mountain Home field.

     Playing with a depleted roster missing six key players the Warriors displayed their depth starting seven freshman and getting valuable minutes from many new faces.

     The swarming zone defense kept the Ambrose offense on the outside limiting shooting opportunities.

     Although Warriors goalie Miles Jones only had four saves, numerous turnovers in the defensive end led to Jones starting the clears with pinpoint outlet passes to streaking midfielders which led to many unsettled fast break scoring opportunities.

     The Warriors completed 12 clears and only failed once. Hans Heaphy played a vital role defensively causing many turnovers with well-timed poke checks dislodging the ball, then winning the ground ball battle followed by heads-up passes to Jones to initiate the clear.

     The Warriors continued to improve on ground balls with Cooper Bailey coming away with nine, Travis Swanson and Anders Fortuin each with six, and Heaphy and Keegan Heneghan with five apiece.

     Ambrose scored first early in the first quarter. Heneghan in his debut as a long pole middie took the ball on a fast break and found the net to tie the game.

     Ambrose came back winning the ground ball battle on a turnover behind the Warriors goal, getting to the front and slipping a behind the back underhanded shot past Jones.

     Matt Galgano tied the score with an assist from Bodie Bennett. Bailey scored next giving the Warriors the lead followed by a scoring laser from Hayden Thayer from the top of the box. Then, Bailey scooped the ensuing face off, drove to the goal and finished a bounce shot to put the Warriors ahead 5-2.

     The Warriors attack got involved with a sweet quick stick goal by Evan Telford with an assist from Matt Fisher.

     Shortly after that Bailey made a great feed to Telford on the crease. Face-to-face with the goalie, Telford faked twice and buried it. Fisher scored the final goal receiving a pass from the inside to the wing and finding the net from a tight angle on the left side. 


Home finale Saturday at Homer Field

     Still leading the seven-team league over the Borah Lions, the Warriors will clash with the Vallivue Falcons (4-3-0) on Saturday, May 3 at 5 p.m. at Hailey’s Phil Homer Field.

     There will be a brief “Senior Night” recognition before the game for Cooper Bailey, Gus Conrad and Keegan Heneghan.

     Wood River will play its final two season games at Mountain Home—on Wednesday, May 7 against Emmett and May 14 against third-place Meridian.



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