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The defending state champs are off to an awesome start

St. Mary's and Jesuit plead 'no contest'

OREGON CITY - What's the difference between the top-ranked high school girls' lacrosse team in Oregon and the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams?

At this point there's a lot.

Top-ranked Oregon City met fifth-ranked St. Mary's and sixth-ranked Jesuit in last week's season openers, and both games were one-sided.

The Pioneers routed St. Mary's 18-5, and they humbled the Jesuit Crusaders, winning 18-3.

'Compared to last year at this time, we looked much more seasoned,' Oregon City coach Dara Kramer said of her two-time defending state champion Pioneers. 'Our defense is more experienced, and we didn't have any gaping holes where an attacker had a wide open shot on goal. There's plenty to look at as far as improvement, but it was a solid start to the season.

'We had six different players score, which is a key in how we run our offense. We took smart shots on attack, and our defense was clean - no yellow cards. Our new goalie, Kaylee Kolin, was solid in-goal, and her clears to the defense were right on target.

'Our senior captains - Tessa Keuler, Shelly Bohrer and Holly Cisneros - kept the team focused and composed.'

Senior mids Bohrer, Cisneros, Keuler and Danielle Kirby scored four goals apiece in the March 14 game with St. Mary's.

Bohrer, Cisneros and Keuler scored four goals apiece, and junior attack Natalie Clegg added three goals, in the March 16 game with Jesuit.

Samantha Damon, Annaliese Hernandez and Kaylee Kolin all took a turn in-goal in both contests.

The Pioneer goalies made four saves against St. Mary's and eight saves against Jesuit.

The Pioneers started out slow in the Jesuit game, and the score was tied at 1-1 eleven minutes into the contest. But Oregon City captains Keuler, Cisneros and Bohrer turned up the intensity to close out the half, scoring eight goals for a 9-2 halftime advantage.

'The captains' leadership continued to inspire the team to play a strong second half,' said Kramer. 'It was exciting to see several sophomores play with improved confidence, and all three goalies had a strong performance in-goal.'

The Pioneers return to action at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, when they entertain Lakeridge. They host Sherwood at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.