Kinnon Roy slips past a defender and heads for the goal in Harney’s win over Mountain View. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Harney-Nadzitsaga lacrosse team won the first game of their three-game swing through Montana on Friday, April 27, beating the Polson High School Pirates 18 to 4.

“This was by far our most complete game thus far this season,” Harney coach Rick Roy said. “We started fast and finished very strong. The Polson team is made up almost exclusively of Bitterroot Salish and Kootenai Nation kids from the Flathead Indian Reservation.  It was an honor to play them. They have some very talented kids, and they never stopped playing; they played hard all game long. We were just too strong and were really firing on all cylinders.”

Roy added that as a team, Harney picked up 53 ground balls, took 43 shots, cleared their defensive zone at will and won 20 of 26 face offs.

T. Jay Smith and Chanse Pierce each scored five goals, Kinnon Roy scored four and had an assist, McKinley Ridenour scored three times and had three assists and Victor Kegley added one goal and one assist. Sam Pierce stopped 11 of 15 shots on goal.

1   2   3  4    Final
Pol    1   1   1   1       4
Har   6   4   2   6      18

On Saturday, April 28, Harney-Nadzitsaga and Hellgate High School combined for 39 goals in a wild game in Missoula, Mont. Harney came out on top, 22-17.

“This was a lacrosse game, fast-paced, up and down the field, great offense, up-tempo, you name it, this was a great high school lacrosse game,” Roy said. “The spectators were treated to a great game with great effort by both squads. This was one of the craziest games I have ever been involved with.  It was not a good day to be a goalie. We jumped on Hellgate early and then they came roaring back, and it turned into a mad scramble with goal after goal. This was one of the best and most exciting high school lacrosse games I have seen in a very long time. Our kids played great and hustled all throughout the game.”

Harney picked up 55 ground balls, took 53 shots and cleared the ball at will.

Pierce led the Harney attack scoring eight goals and dishing out two assists. Smith scored five times and picked up an assist, Ridenour scored four times and had an assist, K. Roy scored three goals and added an assist and Andrew Houck scored once and had one assist. Pierce stopped 10 of 27 shots on goal.

1   2   3  4    Final
Har    7   6   3   6       22
Hel     2   5   4   6      17

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On Sunday, April 29, Harney-Nadzitsaga met up with the Big Sky High School Eagles in Missoula and came away with a convincing 18-1 victory.

“The kids were tired and sore from the previous two games on Friday and Saturday, but they showed up on Sunday morning and took care of business,” Roy said. “We jumped on the Eagles early and were relentless on offense, defense, at the face off, on ground balls, you name it we dictated this game from start to finish. Our kids were on a ‘business trip’ and they took care of business all weekend.

“They were very impressive and received many accolades from opposing coaches, players, spectators and the officials. I think we set a great example of how the game is supposed to be played. No team had an answer for our intensity, skills, high energy and up tempo style of lacrosse.”

Harney picked up 44 ground balls, took 57 shots and won 16 of 22 face offs.

Ridenour led the offense with eight goals and two assists, Smith scored six goals, K. Roy scored two goals and had two assists, Pierce scored one goal and had two assists, and Jordan Daugherty scored one goal and had an assist. Pierce stopped six of seven shots on goal.

Harney is back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, when they host conference foe Redmond at Burns High School.
Harney finishes the regular season on Saturday, May 5, when they host the Hermiston Bulldogs. If Harney wins these last two contests, they will advance to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association (OHSLA) playoff for the third year in a row.

•••
On Tuesday, April 24, the Harney-Nadzitsaga lacrosse team hosted conference rival Mountain View High School and squeaked by with a 10-8 victory.

“We really did not deserve to win this game.  We did not play four quarters of lacrosse,” Roy said. “We seemed indifferent and preoccupied with other things rather than taking care of business. There was a lot on the line, we needed to win this game to still have a chance to make it into the post season. We have yet to play solid lacrosse in any of the four conference games we have played thus far.

“We were very fortunate to come away with a victory because we were very sloppy late in the game. Our close defense was not very solid tonight.”

Smith led the scoring with five goals and and assist, Pierce scored three times and had an assist, K. Roy scored once and had an assist and Ridenour scored once.

Pierce stopped 12 of 20 shots on goal. Roy added that the team did do good in some aspects of their game. “We picked up 49 ground balls, we took 42 shots, cleared the ball at will from our defensive end and dominated face offs, winning 15 of 22,” Roy said.

1   2   3  4    Final
MV    0   3   2   3       8
Har   3   3   3   1      10


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