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Falcons K.O. the Kangs 14-3

  • Written by Derek Johnson
It was a festive Friday night at Woodinville High School, with the softball, baseball and lacrosse teams all competing under the lights. And the night was a grand one for Woodinville Lacrosse. The Falcons shut down the visiting Lake Washington Kangaroos, 14-3.
With the win, Woodinville improved its season record to 5-2. The Falcons jumped out to a quick lead and led 9-0 by halftime. This enabled first-year head coach Pete Crowley to empty his bench and play backups. 
 
Lacrosse 2Woodinville's Eric Belanger (#23) gets after it. (Photo by Derek Johnson) “I’m very pleased,” Crowley said. “We’ve been working hard all year to get to that point. Building on the momentum, to just come out tonight and get a great team victory.”
 
It was strong defensive performance for the Falcons. Crowley cited the play of his goalies Abdullah Bhurghi and freshman Nick Ledesky. 
“They were patient on the clears,” Crowley said. “And Andrew Ng, our LSM, is making a great case to be an All-American this year. And Hunter Graham stepped up on offense as well.”
 
Senior captain Andrew Ng was all smiles.
 
“We got to get everyone on the roster into the game, which was great,” Ng said. “The underclassmen got in and did good things, so the level of play didn’t drop off too much.”
 
This was evidenced late in the third quarter, when victory had long been secured. Lake Washington went on the offensive and fired a close-range shot at Woodinville’s goal. But the freshman goalie Ledesky used quick reflexes to reject the shot and repel the attack. This sent the Woodinville sideline into a joyous uproar. 
 
“I was really impressed with our freshman goalie today,” Ng said.
 
The Falcons next travel to Skyline this Tuesday before embarking on a trip to Southern California for three games this weekend.
 
CROWLEY NOW IN COMMAND
 
lacrosse 1Woodinville coach Pete Crowley addresses his team during a time out. (Photo by Derek Johnson) With the departure of former coach Will Corrigan, Woodinville turned to defensive coordinator Pete Crowley as its next head coach. Crowley had spent the previous five years with Woodinville as an assistant since serving as head coach at Everett. 
 
“It has been a passion of mine to get back to a head coaching role,” Crowley said. “I’m embracing my opportunity and making the most of it. I’ve got a great group of coaches around me. And a great group of players to help me be successful. To help push them toward [our] goals at the end of the year.”
 
With the Falcons sporting a 5-2 record, Crowley was asked his assessment of the season. 
 
“We’re meeting our benchmarks right now,” he said. “We’re still trying to build momentum each week [and] taking it one opponent at a time. Pushing for the playoffs in May. Posturing ourselves as a one or two seed.
 
“Players have been super positive with each other,” Crowley added. “They’ve taken the reins on a leadership program we did in the preseason. They’re running with it. And I’ve seen great things from all of them.”
 
Senior Andrew Ng, who will be playing for Middlebury College next season, has endeavored to provide leadership to the younger players. 
“There are a lot of tips and tricks that the upperclassmen have been sharing,” Ng said. “And being an ambassador for the underclassmen who don’t feel comfortable speaking up for themselves or speaking up to coach. And so [we’re trying] to be that kind of link between them so there’s a good communication and community throughout the team.”

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