Laker girls lacrosse falls to OC in OT

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN Lake Oswego’s Hannah Bellenbaum avoids a West Linn defender in the Lakers’ come-from-behind 16-9 victory over the Lions on Monday.

The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team nearly toppled league rival Oregon City last week, falling 14-11 in overtime but then rallied for a solid 16-9 win over a much improved West Linn team.

The games started out in opposite ways. Against Oregon City, Lake Oswego stunned the Pioneers by jumping out to an early 6-0 lead.

The Pioneers, an early favorite to win a state title this year, were put into a huge early deficit as Lake Oswego looked anything but intimidated.

"It was a pleasant surprise. It just shows how hard these girls have worked and grown. I don't think Oregon City knew what hit them," coach Lauren Anderson said.

Lake Oswego did a terrific job winning the draw in the early going thanks, in large part, to the play of Dana Kilsby at center.

But Oregon City rallied back quickly. Lake Oswego continued to put the pressure on the Pioneers and executed well on offense.

The Lakers were clinging to a one-goal lead in the closing minute but gave up a late score to the Pioneers to send the game in overtime.

Momentum shifted to Oregon City early in the extra period and the Pioneers were able to grind out the win.

It was a frustrating loss for the Lakers but one that they know they can build on.

"I think the girls are itching for the next meeting. I'm not sure if people are really viewing us as a team to be reckoned with but Oregon City probably does now," Anderson said.

Lake Oswego got back in the win column on Monday but it wasn't easy.

The Lakers fell behind West Linn 4-0 before mounting a spirited rally and dominating the rest of the game.

"We knew West Linn had improved but we didn't not by how much. It was a good competitive game," Anderson said.

After giving up a handful of early goals, Lake Oswego righted the ship.

Kilsby began to dominate the draw again and virtually took over on offense.

She scored her team's final three goals of the first half, sparking a 6-0 run as Lake Oswego took a 6-5 lead into the break.

She then scored two more early goals in the second half to extend the lead and would finish the game with nine goals.

"Dana's one of the best all-around players in the state. She controls the field," Anderson said.

Lake Oswego played terrific defense as well, hindering West Linn from transition from its defense to offense and pulled away down the stretch.

Paige Timberg had three goals and four assists in the game.

Lake Oswego will now gear up for next Friday's rematch with Lakeridge.