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The Canby Cougar lacrosse team continued their foray into the uber-competitive Three Rivers League schedule, losing two games against Clackamas and West Linn this past week.
The Cougs began their schedule with a league game against Clackamas — a league opponent of Canby’s only in the sport of lacrosse. With lacrosse sanctioned by the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association (OHSLA) and not OSAA, the leagues are structured a bit differently.
With Tualatin and Tigard out of the picture and in the Northwest Conference, the Cavaliers (2-8, 1-4 TRL) and the Cougars (6-7, 0-5 TRL) are historically two of the most evenly matched teams in the league.
On Tuesday, that statement proved to be true, as Canby and Clackamas battled in a hard-fought game, the second straight for the Cougars: Canby had just lost a close match in double overtime to Oregon City the week prior. Though the game remained close at first, ultimately, the Pioneers prevailed with a 7-4 victory.
Three days later, Canby paced another perennial powerhouse in the West Lion Lions (9-4, 4-1 TRL). The Lions, fresh off of their first loss in 27 days to Lakeridge, made sure to take out their frustrations against Canby. A persistent Lion attack led to a 16-8 win.
Canby enters their second half of league play winless but with solid starters. Close games against Oregon City, Clackamas, and a good first half against Lake Oswego show signs of life for the Cougs.
Canby will continue their schedule with games against Lakeridge and Lake Oswego next week. Their home game against the Pacers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
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