The Heights Tigers visited the Eastlake North Rangers on a balmy Tuesday evening for a boys lacrosse match up.
After a good warm up to an eclectic mix of swing and barbershop quartet type music, the Tigers came out strong on the offensive end. Ball movement and an porous zone defense by the Rangers allowed the Tigers to “pounce” on an early lead.
The Tigers built a 10-1 halftime lead with goals coming from several players. Jack Dyer played superb in his first start in the midfield using his rangy limbs to can some time and room shots. As always, the offense was lead by “Sham” Steele and Owen Lang who both finished with multiple goals and assists.
The Tigers did not see much action on the defensive end, but the long poles were able to control their matchups and force shots that were easily saved by stalwart Xavi Pelligree. Sukie Truitt saw the most minutes of his career and effectively employed a back hand repeater to turn back the man he was guarding. A back hand repeater, or “BHR” is a type of check where a defenseman repeatedly swings his crosse in a backhanded motion to fluster a ball carrier.
The hot start allowed the newbs to emerge from the sideline in the second half to get some much needed experience. Newb highlights included: a first time face off by Aiden Smith, tenacious ground ball play by Will Lasch, and a scoop and clear by Blockson (first name Xavier).
The Lax Tigers are back in action against Avon in a Friday night lights matchup. This will be a tough test, but is also a winnable game.