Edmonds-area high school lacrosse: Tigers fall to Bear, 17-11

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By Quint Turner

Despite a six-point night from Cameron Girgus and four points from Josh Rutz, the Tahoma Bears dominated our area’s local high school lacrosse team, the Lynnwood Tigers Wednesday night, winning 17-11. The loss dropped the Tigers — who won the Division 2 high school lacrosse championship last year and this year moved to the tougher Division 1 — to 0-3.

The Bears started the quarter with two quick goals, but the Tigers did come back with a goal from Gabe Girgus (assisted by Devan Hardwick). That goal was quickly answered by the Bears’ Mike Roessler off a turnover right in front of the net (unassisted). The Tigers got three goals in a row from Sam Girgus (assisted by Hardwick and Cameron Girgus), Rutz ( Gabe Girgus and Niko May assisting), and Hardwick (unassisted) to take their only lead of the game before the quarter ended.

The second quarter was when the Bears started to take over. A goal from Roessler (assisted by Riley Owens), followed by another from Justin Ross (Kyle Clark), and another by Desmond Decker (Roessler and Clark) gave them a two-goal lead. Most of the goals scored by Tahoma started behind the net when a pass quickly went to a man on the side who would fire it past keeper David DeKoukouk.

The Tigers came right back on a goal from Cameron Girgus off a turnover out in front, making it 6-5. Tahoma would respond with two more goals by Decker (Drumm) and then Drumm (Roessler assist) ran on a breakaway to score and make it 8-5. The Tigers’ Rutz came right back (Cameron Girgus assist) yet Tahoma would once again use a shot on the side of the net to score late on Brody Lundquist (Ross assist). The Tigers would get a goal just before the half ended when Cameron Girgus got a pass down low to Rutz, who shot it top-shelf to make it 9-7 at the end of the half.

In third quarter, Tahoma squished all of Lynnwood’s hopes. Three goals in a row from Roessler (Lundquist), Spencer Kerr (Lundquist) and another from Roessler (Decker) gave the Bears a 12-7 lead. Lynnwood showed some life when Sam Girgus (assisted by Cameron) and Gabe Girgus (May) got the Tigers within three. Tahoma would come back with two of their own before the quarter ended with goals by Decker (Lundquist) and Roessler (Decker) to take a 14-9 lead into the fourth.

The Bears outworked the Tigers all game, as they were able to win loose balls, forced turnovers, and got some great passes that cut through the Tigers defense. After a goal from Lundquist (assist by Drumm), the Tigers added goals by Sam Girgus (Cameron Girgus) and Gabe Girgus (May) to come within four, but two more goals from Tahoma sealed it for a 17-11 win.

The Tigers’ next game will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Marymoor Park.

Sports correspondent Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.

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