by: VERN UYETAKE Dana Kilsby, right, is a co-captain on the Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team this year. The senior midfielder was an honorable mention All-American last year.

The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team graduated eight seniors off of last year's team but an influx of young talent should keep the Lakers very competitive again this season.

Leading the way for Lake Oswego this year will be senior co-captain Dana Kilsby, an honorable mention All-American last year.

Kilsby anchors a very strong midfield for Lake Oswego that also features Paige Timberg, Libby Nielsen and Tatum Johnson.

"We have a lot of very good experience in our midfield," coach Lauren Anderson said.

The Lakers are also very strong defensively this year.

The team has another senior captain tending the net in Carly Hall.

In front of her will be a talented defensive corps led by senior Brittany Scrugham.

Slobhan Mead and Kate Hearon will play alongside Scrugham and will look to make things difficult for opposing offenses.

So far this season the Lakers have been very strong defensively, getting a 12-8 win over Wilson and then outscoring Canby and Rex Putnam by a combined 34-1 margin.

Up front at attack, the Lakers are very young, featuring a number of freshmen, all of whom are dangerous.

"We have a great base coming up from our youth program which really helps us," Anderson said.

Anchoring the attack will be veteran Hanna Bellenbaum.

"We have a lot of learning to do but it's a group with a lot of potential," Anderson said.

Anderson is currently trying to figure out how to best utilize the talent the Lakers have but feels that, by the end of the season, the team could be very formidable.

"I think we could surprise some people," Anderson said.

In years past, Lake Oswego has had success in seasons where the team hasn't entered the spring as a prohibitive favorite.

The Three Rivers League should be very competitive this year with Oregon City as perhaps the favorite with Lakeridge, West Linn and Clackamas also fielding strong teams.

The team will get its first big test on April 8 when it sees Lakeridge for the first time.

Playing in the Three Rivers League should make the young Lakers battle tested as well by the time the playoffs roll around.

"It's a really good group of girls that likes to work hard and learn. Right now it's just all about getting experience," Anderson said.

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