Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Falcons fly high in 9-4 win over Warriors

Vallivue breaks away in WR lacrosse home finale

Celebrating “Senior Night” at Saturday’s Wood River Warriors home lacrosse finale are, from left, Keegan Heneghan, Cooper Bailey and Gus Conrad. Photo by Willy Cook

     The Vallivue Falcons from Caldwell were the opportunistic team with a hot goalie Saturday in their 9-4 Treasure Valley Lacrosse League (TVLL) Div. 2 win over the host Wood River Warriors at Hailey’s Phil Homer Field.

     Vallivue (5-3-0) broke open a tight 1-1 game with a four-goal second quarter—two goals coming on man-advantage situations—and upset the division-leading Warriors (8-2-0) behind the 15-save effort of soph goalie Davis Peterson.

     It was Vallivue’s third straight win and the result avenged a 6-5 Falcon loss to Wood River back on March 19.

     The outcome on Wood River’s “Senior Night” home finale snapped a seven-game Warriors winning streak and left Borah of Boise (8-1-0) alone atop the standings of the seven-team division.

     Vallivue has two games left with Borah, the first this afternoon on the Caldwell field.

     On a mild Saturday evening, Wood River struck first when senior Cooper Bailey (3 goals) took a pass from behind the Falcons net from junior Hayden Thayer and scored for a 1-0 lead.

     But Vallivue tallied seven of the next eight goals in the first three periods for a 7-2 lead on the scoring of Henry Miller (3 goals, 1 assist), Tyler Sanchez (2 goals) and Dallin Medel (1 goal, 2 assists). Michael Lycan (2 goals) also chipped in.

     According to longtime Wood River lacrosse booster Jay Bailet, the Warriors lacked the crisp ball movement and stick skills that had helped them climb to the top of the division this spring.

     He said the Warriors were plagued by poor passing and dropped balls that caused turnovers in the offensive zone. Defensively the Warriors were caught out of position on numerous occasions allowing passes in front of the crease resulting in goals.  Warriors goalie Miles Jones made 8 saves on Vallivue’s 23 shots.

     Hundreds of lacrosse supporters watched the two teams battle for 93 ground balls, averaging one every 30 seconds and causing plenty of transition play. The Warriors won their share of ground balls with 47.

     Senior Gus Conrad scooped up nine ground balls, senior Keegan Heneghan had seven and Thayer had six.

     The Warriors weren’t lacking for shooting opportunities with 41 shots. But they had trouble getting the ball on cage and Vallivue goalie Peterson was solid, many times stopping Wood River goals point blank.

     One bright spot was Conrad’s performance in the faceoffs, with the Warriors winning 11 of 16. Conrad had a goal and an assist Saturday.

     Last Wednesday at Mountain Home, the Warriors posted an 8-3 TVLL Div. 2 win to complete a season sweep over the Ambrose School Archers (4-5-0) from Meridian.

     Scoring goals were Evan Telford (2), Bailey (2), Heneghan, Matt Galgano, Thayer and Matt Fisher.  Assisting were Bodie Bennett, Matt Fisher and Bailey.

     Wood River plays its final two regular-season games at Mountain Home—today, Wednesday, against Emmett (1-8-0) and May 14 against third-place Meridian (6-3-0).

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