Friday, May 30, 2014

Borah rallies past Warriors 8-4 in lacrosse finale

Division 2 title game at Eagle High

     The Wood River Warriors high school lacrosse team took the lead and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Borah goalie Josh Nett on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Treasure Valley Lacrosse League (TVLL) Division 2 tournament at Eagle.

     But Nett (21 saves) was outstanding, and top-seeded Borah (14-3-0) rallied from a 4-3 halftime deficit to an 8-4 triumph spoiling Wood River’s first-ever lacrosse championship game appearance. Coach Aaron Prazenka’s Warriors ended a fine 12-3-0 campaign.

     Warriors scorers were Evan Telford (2 goals), Anders Fortuin (1 goal/1 assist), leading scorer Cooper Bailey (1/1) and Hayden Thayer (1 goal). Goalie Miles Jones had four saves. Borah boasted five goal scorers led by Owen Greeley (3/2), Ryan Sutton (2/1) and Conor Greeley (1/1).

     Jay Bailet, longtime Warriors supporter and club representative, said, “Both teams struggled with the speed of the artificial surface having never played on a turf field.

     “Errant passes skipped quickly across the field out of bounds. The field had been narrowed by 10 yards due to the proximity of the track. Constant turnovers led to a game that moved quickly from end to end in transition without many chances to settle the ball in the offensive end.

     “The Warriors midfield was really put to the test with all of the running in transition, and substitutions were difficult because the ball was never controlled at either end.

     “Yet the Warriors controlled the first half with aggressive defense and many good rides causing turnovers, and winning the ground ball game.

     “Anders Fortuin got the Warriors on the board first, but Borah answered quickly. Cooper Bailey scored unassisted, followed by Evan Telford scooping a ground ball on a turnover behind Borah's goal and finding the net.

     “Borah rallied with two goals to tie it again 3-3 before Bailey found Hayden Thayer in the middle and Hayden buried it giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead at the half.

     “The second half was all about Borah goalie Joshua Nett. The Warriors took 22 shots in the second half but couldn’t put any points on the board. Nett had 11 saves in the second half, 21 for the game.

     “The Lions took advantage of quality shots with 3 goals in the third period and 2 more in the fourth.”

     Bailet added, “The Warriors compiled their best season ever. The future is bright with so many freshman gaining valuable game experience this year, and the team will only lose three seniors next season.”

     Borah advanced to host northern Idaho champion Lake City in the Gem State Division 2 title game Saturday, May 31 at 1 Boise’s Cassia Park.

     Named to the East team for the TVLL Division 2 All-Star game Saturday, June 7 at Boise State University’s new Lincoln Field were midfielders Bailey, Thayer and Gus Conrad, plus defenders Zach Swanson and Travis Swanson. Individual league and player awards will be given out at that game.

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