Truckee Lacrosse: Girls small in stature, big on heart, skill |

Truckee Lacrosse: Girls small in stature, big on heart, skill

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunTruckee Lacrosse player Eliza McCullough, right, darts away from a defender in a match against Spanish Springs this past Wednesday.

Thrilled to finally find some competition, the Truckee Lacrosse youth girls team stepped up shoulder to shoulder ” or, in most cases, shoulder to elbow ” with the towering high school team from Spanish Springs this past Wednesday.

Most of the middle-school-aged players stood a head and a half shorter than their Spanish Springs counterparts, and yet the Truckee girls still managed to hold their own in an 11-6 loss at Riverview Park.

Despite their smaller stature, the Truckee girls showed they had big hearts and plenty of talent as they outshot Spanish Springs throughout the game and dominated the first half offensively. Spanish Springs came alive in the second half, muscling in the goals to take the win.

Truckee coach Jen Krasilovsky was pleased with her team’s effort.

“The girls showed a lot of confidence and skill playing the older, bigger players,” Krasilovsky said, … “and they were always having fun out there. They played a fantastic game.”

The Truckee Lacrosse boys high school team simply ran out of time against Spanish Springs at Riverview Park on Wednesday.

After leading for a majority of the game, Truckee was forced to accept a 7-7 tie as the visitors drew even just before the end of regulation and neither team capitalized in the two-minute sudden death overtime period.

Although Truckee struck first on a goal by attackman Matt Rabow, Spanish Springs kept the score close throughout the first half and trailed just 5-4 at the break.

The third quarter was evenly played as both teams ran hard but failed to score. The defensive stone wall broke down in the fourth as Spanish Springs blasted back-to-back goals on faceoff fast breaks to tie the score at 6-6.

With Truckee stunned but not defeated, Rabow tossed another ball in the Spanish Springs net with five minutes remaining to put Truckee up 7-6.

Spanish Springs answered, driving through the spirited Truckee defense with a successful attack to knot the score at 7 apiece.

Neither team scored in a hard-fought, two-minute overtime period, and because of a scheduled soccer game immediately following, the contest ended as a draw.

Rabow led all scorers with four goals and one assist. Ryan Cowie put in two goals and had three assists and Kevin Cowie one goal and one assist.

Truckee Lacrosse head coach Paul Cowie was pleased with his team’s performance, despite missing several players to other athletic commitments.

“The team played really hard and showed a lot of heart,” Cowie said.

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