By Quint Turner
In lacrosse, it’s important to be able to get players substituted in or out as fast — and as often — as possible. When you have to run all over the field, with no one to replace you, you are going to tire quickly and allow the opponents to get easier chances. That’s what happened to the Lynnwood Tigers Tuesday night in their 21-4 loss to Eastside Catholic.
The Crusaders were led by five goals from Michael Rambaldini and four from Ross Komenda, while Kyle Decker added three goals and had 10 assists. The Tigers — made up of high school players from Lynnwood and Edmonds — got a hat trick from Gabe Girgus and three assists from Cameron Girgus in the game at Meadowdale High School.
The Crusader goals came early, starting with one from Josh Harms (assisted by Komenda), followed by goals from Decker, Rambaldini, then Decker again. With Eastside Catholic leading 7-0, the Tigers got on the board on a sniper-esque shot by Gabe Girgus to make it 7-1, but the Crusaders scored again on a goal by Rambaldini to make it 8-1 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same. Gabe Girgus got another goal to make it 10-2, but the fatigue on the Tigers’ side became readily apparent as the Crusaders continued to score, making it 16-2 at the end of the half.
An energized Lynnwood defense limited Eastside Catholic’s scoring in the third, and with 30 seconds left, Lynnwood scored on a goal from Sam Girgus to the corner to make it 19-3. In the fourth, the Crusaders added two more goals and the Tigers finished with one as Gabe Girgus completed his hat trick, for a final score of 21-4.
The Tigers — last year’s Division II state high school lacrosse champions who this year moved to the tougher Division I, fell to the 0-6 on the season. Their next game is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Meadowdale High School.
Sports contributor Quint Turner is a student at Meadowdale High School.