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Dragons defeat Whatcom 9-6, now firmly in second place in Skagit Conference | Lacrosse

Forest Dayton scored five goals, had two assists and snagged five ground balls in the San Juan Dragons’ 9-6 defeat of the Whatcom Warriors, Saturday at Roosevelt Park.

With the win – San Juan’s fifth consecutive – the Dragons improved to 5-2 and took possession of second place in the WHSBLA Skagit Conference, behind Mukilteo (6-0). Next up for the Dragons: They host Stanwood (4-2) on Thursday, then Lynnwood (3-3) on Saturday. (Whatcom, which is now 3-2, defeated Lynnwood 9-8 on March 27).

Whatcom led 3-2 at the end of the first, then San Juan scored four to Whatcom’s one in the second to take control of the game. San Juan scored three goals in the third period to Whatcom’s one. Whatcom scored one goal in the final period and held San Juan scoreless but couldn’t make up the deficit.

“The first quarter started pretty evenly," Warriors Coach Joe Steffan reported. “San Juan took advantage of man-up play and dominated the second and third periods.”

Whatcom’s Patrick Cassidy had two goals and one assist, Daniel Hernandez had two goals, Blaine Nesbit scored one goal and Eli Davis scored one. Goalie Kurtis McFadden had five saves.

Dayton led the scoring for San Juan. Conner Johns had two goals, one assist and scooped up seven ground balls. Westin Hedin scored one goal; and 2008 leading team scorer Isaac Taylor, recovered from an ankle injury, scored one goal and had one assist.

Michael Ausilio scooped up two ground balls. Michael Davis, Dylan Galligan, Alex Michael and Brady Sundberg had one each.

Goalie Calen Mehrer had five saves in 11 shots.

“It was a very physical game from the start,” according to San Juan Coach Rob Cuomo. “Both teams played hard, with San Juan falling behind 3-2 after the first quarter. San Juan found its rhythm in the second quarter to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.

“San Juan took advantage of multiple man-up situations to lead 9-5 after three quarters and hold on for the victory. We look forward to the rematch on San Juan.”

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