The second half of the two Truckee Tribe U11 lacrosse games this week could have nailed its audition for a sweet and sour candy commercial.
The team’s home opener Wednesday saw a sweet version of the second half when they rallied back from a 4-1 halftime deficit against North Tahoe and finished the game tied 5-5.
Saturday’s home game went sour in the second half when the Northwest Reno Outlaws scored five goals in that half to thump the Tribe, 7-2.
The Tribe tasted limited sweetness in Saturday’s last half when Holden Woodruff zipped a low liner from beyond 10 yards out for Truckee’s first score of the game in the third quarter.
Truckee’s Gavin Weber finished the Tribe’s scoring when he took advantage of a clear shooting lane and blasted one past the Outlaw’s goalie with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
It was nearly the exact same time in Wednesday’s game that Canyon Blassingame gathered in the lacrosse ball flipped to him from the face-off and sped past his defender on a semi-direct path to the goal. The North Tahoe defense remained spread wide, anticipating the midfielder to pass, but he did not.
Blassingame drifted to his right, anchored his right foot and zipped a shot low and hard past the goalie to tie the game.
The Tribe defense led by goalie Peter Reoutt then held off the Lakers’ final attack and secured the tie.
Holding off the Lakers in the first half was an entirely different story. The Lakers gave every appearance of a team fired up and hungry for a win as North Tahoe’s Drake Miller, Blake Connor and Carson Lamberth all pounded the back of the net to set up the 4-1 lead at the half and added a goal in the second half.
The Truckee Tribe then made some halftime adjustments and battled back behind their own scoring threesome of Blassingame, Woodruff and Bjorn Halverson.
Woodruff scored twice in the game. His second goal was early in the third quarter and got his Tribe on an offensive surge. His first goal was the Tribe’s lone score in the first half.
Blassingame scored his first goal with less than a minute in the third inning. His second goal immediately followed his teammate Halverson’s goal with just three minutes remaining in the game.
“Truckee U11 lacrosse has a great group of returning players and excellent new talent,” said Truckee head coach Curtis Blassingame. “Both games were well played against good opponents.”
The Truckee Tribe will host South Reno at Truckee’s River View Sports Park on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Truckee’s youngest lacrosse division team holds a record of 1-2-1.
The North Tahoe Lakers U11 lacrosse team will host a game at North Tahoe High School on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Northwest Reno, with U13 and U15 games to follow at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Truckee and North Tahoe match up again Wednesday at 4 p.m. at North Tahoe High School with U13 at 4 p.m. and U15 at 5 p.m.