Laker girls lacrosse team rolls to win over Lakeridge

by: Vern Uyetake Dana Kilsby gets set to fire a shot for Lake Oswego in the team's 13-7 win over Lakeridge last week. Kilsby had five goals in the game for the Lakers.

Lake Oswego girls lacrosse coach Lauren Anderson believed that her team was under the radar this year and was more than happy to accept the underdog role.

But the Lakers are likely getting more attention now following their 13-7 win over Lakeridge last week.

Lake Oswego dominated the first half and had terrific play through the midfield to control the possession game.

"We've been stepping up against some big competition and I was pleased with how we executed," Anderson said.

Dana Kilsby had a breakthrough performance for Lake Oswego leading all scorers with five goals and an assist.

"When you watch a Lake Oswego game you notice that Dana's involved in every play. She's scoring or causing a turnover. It seems like she's all over the field," Anderson said.

The Lakers' early scoring onslaught after the opening minutes of the game made it difficult for the Pacers to regroup.

Lakeridge had opportunities on offense but Lake Oswego goalie Carly Hall had 10 saves in the game, making a rally from the Pacers difficult.

Lake Oswego would build up a 13-5 lead in the second half while putting the game away.

Paige Timberg also had a very strong game with four goals and two assists while Libby Nielsen led the Lakers with four ground balls.

For Lakeridge, Abby Cowden scored twice and had an assist while Delaney Marshall had a game-high five ground balls.

Lake Oswego has now won six straight games after a season-opening loss to Wilson and takes on Oregon City tonight (Thursday).

"I don't think this changes our expectation. We still have a lot to do but we're cautiously optimistic," Anderson said.

The Pacers followed the Civil War with a tough 11-10 loss to West Linn.

The Lions jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the half before Lakeridge rallied.

The Pacers put pressure on West Linn in the second half but could never get over the hump and tie the game. Lakeridge got within one goal with 20 seconds left in the game but ran out of time.

Catie Ellis and Hilary Slauson each had a hat trick for the Pacers who then rebounded with a win over Clackamas. Freshman goalie Rachel Jordan got the win for Lakeridge with a solid game.

Lakeridge plays Putnam tonight (Thursday).