Founded in 2008, the Valley Tigers Lacrosse Club are members of the Nebraska High School Lacrosse League based roughly two hours from Central Iowa in Omaha, NE. The Tigers joined the league as a JV team in the 2009 season. They moved to the varsity level in 2010 where they have finished in the top four in each of the last three season under the guidance of head coach Zach Zielonko. Their overall varsity record includes 39 wins and 11 losses over three seasons.
After a dominant win on the road last week, the Tigers opened their home slate on Saturday.
Westside at Valley
With their starting goalie out for the season with a broken scapula, Westside arrived with a newer player in the crease and a young team overall.
Valley’s approach to the game was no different than the Burke game; they focused on ball movement and communication. The first quarter played out much stronger than last week. Offensive play – both on and off ball – was strong. Assists were plentiful. The starting midfielders more or less checked out before halftime; the starting attack were pulled not long into the second half with the starting defense moving up top.
Only three shorties came up empty as the Tigers played through their bench. Short of preventing every player from shooting (which is a disservice to both teams), they worked to not run up the score. The game provided valuable experience for the lower tier of the varsity bench, and allowed everybody to work on ball control and movement in a game day setting.
There is little to report defensively. Westside only had a few offensive possessions, which were quickly shut down and in one case resulted in a transition goal by McEntee. Marcum did not see a single shot on goal.
Photos from the game can be found here.
Final Score 27-0
Valley’s JV came into the game hungry for a win. Like last week, they faced a team that was primarily the varsity squad in different positions. After going down early, Stall netted the Tigers’ first goal in what would quickly become a tight affair. As the game clock wound down, Valley trailed 3-2. An impressive effort tied the game in the final three minutes. Stall netted his second of the game in the final minute or so to secure the win.
Last week’s stand out, Gardner, and newcomer Jensen rounded out the scoring. Overall, this was a great game by the JV. Several players had strong games. Love and Jensen were both 100% on faceoffs. Benson played exceptionally in his new LSM role. The poles and middies continue to make steady progress.
Final Score 4-3
Current Varsity Record: 2-0
Current JV Record: 1-1
Creighton Prep comes to West Des Moines next Saturday for a late afternoon tilt. This will be the varsity’s first true test, given the teams’ history. Prep only lost a couple of their key personnel to graduation, so this game should be as competitive as ever.
We’ll head back to Southwoods Stadium Sunday morning to host Grand Rapids on their way back to Minnesota. Little is known about the team from up north, but we are looking forward to having them pay us a visit.