Michael Johnson (No. 13) fights for a loose ball between two opponents. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)
On Saturday, April 6, the Hellgate, Mont., Knights returned the favor from last season and defeated Nadzitsaga-Harney on its home turf with a 12-6 victory.
“Hellgate was the 2012 Montana Lacrosse Association Champion,” Nadzitsaga coach Rick Roy said. “Their only blemish on the 2012 season was a 22-17 loss to Nadzitsaga.”
Hellgate came to the high desert for a three-game road trip during its spring break.
“I thought we played well and competed hard. Our kids were really excited to meet up with the Knights, and I am sure they were determined to exact a little revenge from last year. We have just lost too much firepower and experience from graduation, and we are made up primarily with new players. Some of these new players need to step it up and take on more responsibility. They need to contribute on the field.
“I think we did a better job fighting for the ground balls in this game, picking up 24 loose balls,” Roy added.
Nadzitsaga took 29 shots and won seven of 19 faceoffs.
Kinnon Roy paced the offense, scoring five goals and an assist. Andrew Houck scored once, and Jordan Daugherty had two assists.
Taylor Klus was strong in goal, stopping 20 of 32 shots on goal for a 62.5 percent save percentage.
1 2 3 4 Final
Nad 1 2 0 3 6
Hel 4 3 4 1 12
Nadzitsaga-Harney was back in action Tuesday, April 9, playing conference foe Mountain View High School in Bend.
The team travels to Portland to take on Rex Putnam High School Friday, April 12, and Hillsboro High School Saturday, April 13.
On Wednesday, April 3, the Summit Storm lacrosse team defeated Nadzitsaga-Harney 14-4.
“I thought we played well. We were obviously out-gunned, and there were some periods where we had some lapses, but overall I was pleased with the effort,” Roy said. “We had some good possessions on offense, good defensive stands, very good goalie play and did well on face offs. We are a young and inexperienced team, and it shows.”
Nadzitsaga took 33 shots on goal, picked up 19 groundballs and won 11 of 19 face offs.
K. Roy scored two goals and had an assist for Harney, and Houck scored twice.
Klus was solid in goal, stopping 25 of 39 shots on goal for a 64 percent save percentage.
1 2 3 4 Final
Har 1 3 0 0 4
Sum 3 4 4 3 14