Cardinals build dynasty with another title

Lincoln beats Sunset in final for the third straight year
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

WILSONVILLE - Lincoln's lacrosse team chanted "dynasty" after winning their third consecutive state championship Saturday night at Wilsonville High.

While they chanted, Sunset's players looked on disheartened by yet another title game loss.

Lincoln scored four unanwered goals in the third quarter to rally from a two-goal deficit and held on for a 7-6 win, the third straight year the Cardinals have beaten the Apollos in the title game.

Two years ago, Lincoln scored in the second overtime for a 10-9 win, while last year the Cardinals overwhelmed Sunset 12-4 in the second half after the teams were tied at 6 after two quarters.

"I'd say this qualifies us as a dynasty," senior midfielder Jake Marcy said after the game. "It's a great feeling that I never want to forget."

Lincoln overcame a spirited start by Sunset, which got a goal from Cole Abdie in the first seven seconds and led 5-3 at the half, despite being outshot 26-13.

Early in the third quarter, though, Lincoln senior Grant Clifford tallied twice to tie the score and the Cardinals took advantage of several turnovers by Sunset to add another pair of goals that gave them a cushion. Sunset pulled within a goal early in the fourth quarter, but could not pressure Lincoln and finished second again.

Lincoln has won four of the past five finals.


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