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Glencoe lacrosse looking to translate league dominance into state success

By Andrew Nemec |
on March 18, 2014 9:34 a.m.
DeNeffe said. "There have been times where we have come in too concerned with the name on the opposing team’s jerseys."

The Crimson Tide advanced to the quarterfinal round three years ago, but has been knocked out in the second round each of the last two seasons.

“Taking our regular season success and translating that into wins in the playoffs is the next step for our program,” DeNeffe said. “Putting another year on the (league title) banner is our first priority. In terms of our success at the state level, I really feel this team is capable of a quarterfinal appearance… and we have at least the talent to get to the semis and shock a few teams along the way.”

Despite its struggles in the state tournament, Glencoe lacrosse should continue its dynastic run in the Pacific Conference for another year.

“We graduated about one-third of our program, but with the pieces we have coming back and with the kids we have ready to step in, I’m very optimistic,” DeNeffe said. “This might be one of the best teams I’ve had in my six years at Glencoe.”

That optimism starts with junior goalie Ben Ailstock, “a big bodied kid with fast hands,” who has accumulated significant club experience over the past four years.

Leading the charge offensively will be second-team all-state senior attacker Austin Lawrence, who has averaged 70 goals a season so far in his career and is “about a dozen” points shy of the school record.

“He’s already set the goals record," DeNeffe said. “He’s an excellent finisher around the crease.”

Senior Kaelen Stow moves to a midfield position this season, which DeNeffe believes will open up more opportunities for one of the Crimson Tide leaders.

“We think that we can use his athleticism a little bit better to push in transition and to have a little bit more of a dodging threat up top,” DeNeffe said.

Beyond the proven commodities, three up-and-comers are expected to bring new life to the program this season, including junior attacker Nick Adamson.

“He’s made a tremendous amount of progress this offseason and will be instrumental on attack for us creating and finishing,” DeNeffe said.

A pair of midfielders – sophomore Seth Erickson and junior Kyle Reynolds – could become key pieces on the roster as soon as this season, especially Reynolds.

“He’s going to be a huge piece for us if he can get 20 goals this season,” DeNeffe said. “That’s what will push us over the top.”

While Glencoe remains a heavy favorite to win the Pacific Conference title, both Tigard and Tualatin have made significant strides and could threaten the unbeaten streak.

“Right now, I see them being on the same level,” DeNeffe said. “They are solid programs that are getting better, they’ve had coaching stability and have had a little bit more energy within the program.”

On a state-scale, the Crimson Tide will be tested in its season opener Tuesday when it faces Clackamas.

Although Glencoe has won the last three meetings, the Cavaliers and Crimson Tide faced each other in a summer jamboree in the offseason and it quickly took on the physicality and competitiveness of a playoff game.

DeNeffe said he expects more of the same Tuesday at Hillsboro Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

“It’s going to be a huge barometer of where we are at,” he said. “That’s a team that doesn’t want to lose to us anymore and I think it will be a pretty good indication of where we are at from a mental toughness standpoint.”