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Boys Lacrosse: East Ridge edges Woodbury in a defensive battle

Max Cooper carries the ball past Woodbury’s Nick Walsh. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)1 / 5
Woodbury’s Gavin Warner trips up East Ridge’s Jack Dwyer in the first half. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)2 / 5
Grant Edwards and Danny Lowe celebrate a Raptors score. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)3 / 5
Trey Lervick scored two of Woodbury's three goals (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)4 / 5
Chris Rolfing kept Woodbury in the game with countless saves on dangerous East Ridge chances. (Staff photo by Jace Frederick)5 / 5

Woodbury was on the cusp of completing the comeback.

Down 4-3 with less than eight minutes to play, the Royals fired on net, and found pipe, just inches away from tying their contest with East Ridge at home April 27.

But the pipe proved unkind, East Ridge gained possession.

Less than 30 seconds later, the Raptors scored on the other end of the field as Jacob Wetterstrom found the back of the net.

Just like that, what was almost 4-4 was 5-3. The Raptors went on to win 6-3 to improve to 5-0 on the season.

“Lacrosse is a huge game of momentum,” Royals netminder Chris Rolfing said. “A team can score and it just deflates the other team. I think we got deflated after that.”

Each goal carried an added importance in the rivalry matchup as scoring was scarce with Rolfing in net for the Royals and Peyton Bixby between the pipes for East Ridge.

Bixby allowed just three goals as East Ridge locked down Woodbury’s offense.

“We just came in with confidence,” East Ridge’s Max Cooper said. “We wanted to win, play hard and it was a fun game in a great rivalry.”

Raptors coach Aime Caines said the plan was to focus on locking down Woodbury star attacker Trey Lervick.

For the most part East Ridge succeeded, though Lervick still found a way to score twice.

“He’s a heck of a player,” Caines said.

As is J.C. Conklin, the man who shadowed Lervick for much of the evening.

“Our defense was outstanding,” Cooper said.

Woodbury’s defense held strong for much of the evening, as well. Though East Ridge was able to fire a high volume of shots on net.

But nearly every time, Rolfing was there to turn the tries away. Cooper said Rolfing frustrated East Ridge’s attackers.

“He played amazing and he really kept them in the game and gave them a chance to win,” Caines said. “With a lesser goalie we put up a lot more goals. We were getting the looks we wanted.”

Still, the Raptors scored enough, just as they have been all season. East Ridge is 3-0 in games decided by three goals or less this season.

“It’s our rival,” Caines said. “So it was good to get that win.”

The Royals fell to 3-2 this spring.

“This will be a pretty big learning experience for us,” Lervick said.

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