North Tahoe boys U13 lacrosse team claims league title
TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The North Tahoe boys U13 team earned every bit of its High Sierra Lacrosse League championship. Entering the title game against Spanish Springs with a flawless 12-0 record, the Lakers took it to the Cougars en route to an 8-5 win, putting an exclamation point on an undefeated season on June 5 at North Tahoe Regional Park.
The Lakers, helmed by Coach Eric Martin, saved their best performance of the season for the title game.
After giving up an early goal to the Cougars, North Tahoe came on strong with two quick goals by Carson Lamberth and Jeremy Pascal to nab the lead.
The Cougars attempted to rally but were shut down by the young Lakers’ suffocating defense anchored by Felix Gramenz, Zane Smith, Karl Steele, Thomas Hipsely and Kyle Atwood.
Adding to the lead, North Tahoe’s James Cassetta found Carson Lamberth up top for a wide-open crank shot and a 3-1 advantage.
The Cougars were able to answer with a quick goal cutting the Lakers’ lead to 3-2. However, this did not deter the Lakers in the least as North Tahoe’s Jake Hacker controlled the next two face-offs, which led to a goal apiece by Jeremy Pascal and Patrick Gulini.
With the Lakers up 5-2, the stunned Cougars again attempted to rally. However, North Tahoe’s Irving Perez, Trevor Valois and Jake Hacker pounced and fought hard, claiming a majority of the groundballs and limiting the Cougars offensive possessions.
In the end, North Tahoe’s strong ball movement and continued defensive pressure were too much for the Cougars as the Lakers secured their championship.