James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

The Nadzitsaga lacrosse team traveled to Corvallis last weekend to play two games against  North Valley Conference teams, and came home with a 1-1 record.

On Friday, April 4, Nadzitsaga went up against Corvallis High School and was defeated 12-5.

“This was a pretty competitive game up until midway in the fourth quarter, when we just ran out of gas,” Nadzitsaga coach Rick Roy said. “We were down 3-0 at half, and we made a run the third quarter, but we just got gassed and could not keep up the pressure.  I am proud of the kids for not backing down.  Corvallis High School is a much larger program/school than ours.”

Kinnon Roy led the Nadzitsaga offense with five goals, and  Andrew Houck had one assist.

Nadzitsaga won seven of 17 faceoffs, took 41 shots compared to 24 by Corvallis, and each team picked up 33 ground balls. Taylor Klus stopped 12 of 24 shots on goal for a 50 percent save percentage

1    2    3   4   Final

Nad    0   0    4    1      5

Cor    1   2    5    4     12

On Saturday, April 5, Nadzitsaga faced West Albany High School and won 10-3.

“We dominated this game from start to finish, and in all aspects of the game,” Roy said. “It was a good game, and effort, and a good rebound from the loss the previous evening.”

The offense was led by K. Roy with nine goals (25) and an assist, one goal by James Obradovich (2), and one assist by Brendan Fitzpatrick.

Nadzitsaga won 11 of 16 faceoffs,  took 48 shots (compared to 10 by West Albany), and picked up 40 ground balls (compared to 14 by West Albany). Klus stopped seven of 10 shots on goal for a 70 percent save percentage.

             1    2    3   4   Final

Nad      3   0    4    3      10

W. Alb 0   0    2    1        3

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Nadzitsaga will be in action with two conference games this week.  Wednesday, April 9, Nadzitsaga travels to Bend to take on Bend High School at 5:30 p.m., and then hosts Hermiston High School on Friday, April 11, at Slater Elementary at 5 p.m.

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Nadzitsaga hosted the Redmond High School Panthers on Monday, March 31, and won 5-2, in a defensive battle.

“This was a game that did not feature a ton of offense or scoring opportunities for either team,” Roy said. “The Redmond defense was solid and fairly disciplined, and disrupted our offense and execution.  We actually had to come from behind. Redmond took a quick two-goal lead by causing our offense to turn the ball over, and then scoring in transition.  Once we settled down, we held them scoreless the remaining three quarters.  Redmond had few scoring opportunities, and only had 13 total shots in the game.”

The Nadzitsaga offense was led by K. Roy with three goals (11), and one goal apiece from Houck (1) and Fitzpatrick (1).

Nadzitsaga took a total of 25 shots in the game, won five of 10 faceoffs, picked up 35 of 79 ground balls, cleared the ball out of their defensive end at will, and had no time-serving penalties.

Klus stopped six of eight shots on goal for a 75 percent save percentage.

“Overall, it was a decent game, and more importantly, a High Desert Conference win,” Roy said.  “If we want to go to the post-season for the fifth consecutive year, we have to win conference games.”

1    2    3   4   Final

Red    2   0    0    0      2

Nad    1   3    0    1      5


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