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Falcons optimistic after hard-fought loss to Bellevue

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Pete Crowley was decidedly upbeat. Despite an 8-5 loss to mighty Bellevue, the Woodinville coach gave his Falcon players an energetic postgame speech. Speaking later with a reporter, his tone was optimistic.    
 
“Bellevue is a great team, a perennial powerhouse in the state,” he said. “We look every year to play our best against them. And the boys put it on the line tonight.”
 
LacrosseWoodinville's Ethan Jarvis (in green) evades a pack of Wolverines. (Photo by Derek Johnson)On this clear, cool Tuesday evening at Bellevue Memorial Stadium, the Falcons (9-5) lost to the Wolverines 8-5.
 
Woodinville’s apex was reached eleven seconds into the second quarter. That was when Kaden Fitzpatrick scored from close range to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead.
 
Bellevue led 5-4 at halftime. But it may have been worse had it not been for the fantastic play of Abdullah “Abs” Bhurghi. Woodinville’s senior goalie fended off multiple Bellevue shots on goal.
 
“Abdullah kept us in the game, kept it manageable,” Crowley said. “It let the offense and defense do what we rep in practice and put it in action.”
 
Bhurghi smiled when asked of his performance. 
 
“It’s nice to have a good game and when the defense plays this well they make my job easier,” Bhurghi said. “Just having them there to have my back makes things easier.”
 
Lacrosse2Goalie Abdullah "Abs" Bhurghi braces for an incoming shot. (Photo by Derek Johnson) Bellevue managed three goals in the second half and held off Woodinville for the win. Afterward, Wolverine coaches were complimentary toward the Woodinville staff for a game well played.
 
“Mentally from a sports psychology standpoint, we’re in a really great place,” Crowley said.
 
Bhurghi said the team is excited about the upcoming postseason.
 
“We want to play really well and we’re bringing the intensity,” he said. “As a team we’re really close and we’re bringing it together.”
 
As of this writing, Woodinville was to conclude its regular season on May 4th by hosting Issaquah.
 
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During the postgame interview, Bhurghi credited communication as a key component to his success. He was asked to expand on his answer.
 
“A lot of times on defense it’s all about communication,” Bhurghi said. “So if [an opposing player] has got the ball, who has got the guy there? Who has got the guy on the backside [of the goal]? Making sure it’s all called out. Because I can stop ten yard shots. But if they get it right in front of the crease, it makes my job harder. But the way our defense was playing tonight, the way we were communicating out there, it makes it much easier to keep track of their guys and makes my job easier to save the ball and track it.
“It’s like having all the boxes checked,” he added. “It’s having the feeling that we have everything covered.”

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