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Lincoln ousts Sheldon.

Byline: Chris Hansen The Register-Guard

Sheldon coach Ike Sanderson had Lincoln scouted so well, the Irish knew exactly what plays the Cardinals were going to run and when.

But knowledge can take a team only so far, and on Thursday, it wasn't enough for Sheldon to get past visiting Lincoln in a quarterfinal game of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association postseason tournament, as the season came to end for the Irish in a 12-2 loss.


"We knew what to expect and we saw everything we expected to see," said Sanderson, whose team won the Willamette Division of the OHSLA. "But they still out-executed us. Kudos to them."

It didn't take long for Sanderson to realize his team was overmatched by a more experienced Lincoln team.

The Cardinal built an early 2-0 lead before Sheldon's Zach Dehnert scored an unassisted goal at the 6:25 mark of the first quarter.

But the Cardinals added three quick goals at the start of second quarter to go up 5-1. Steve Rolls finally answered for Sheldon, scoring five minutes before halftime, though Lincoln regained a four-goal advantage right before the break when Ben Kop-ca scored with 40 seconds left in the half to give the Cardinals a 6-2 lead.

The only difference in the second half was that Lincoln shut out Sheldon with great defense and some spectacular saves by goalkeepers Brant Vance and Tyler Campbell.

"I've never really seen a defense like that," said Dehnert, a junior who scored a school-record 63 goals this season. "It was hard moving the ball around."

Lincoln's Seth Cramer scored a game-high five goals and had one assist.

"We saw a really, really good squad," Sanderson said. "By midway through the second quarter, they'd shown that they really belong in the the final four. I was really impressed."
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 28, 2004
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