New coaches lead Pacer girls
Armed with a pair of new and highly-respected head coaches, the Lakeridge girls lacrosse team appears ready to tackle what might arguably be the most competitive league in the state.
Jessica Voas and Samantha Charles head up the Pacers this year, coming over from Sunset and they have walked into a favorable situation with a young and talented team.
'There's a really good foundation here. It's a fun group and we couldn't ask for much more,' Voas said.
Lakeridge has four seniors on the team in Lindsay Wagner, Katie Stember, Ally Will and Alissa Vigo.
Wagner, the team's center, has been on varsity since her freshman year and could be one of the more electric goal scorers around. In a recent victory over Century, Wagner notched six goals and had an assist.
But the team has plenty of scoring options. Will, Sarah Seals, Haley Fauvelle, Hannah Harrell and Allie DeBruhl are all solid players who have shown the ability to provide a kick-start to the offense.
'I think a huge strength is our intensity. The girls are working really hard,' Voas said.
Meanwhile, Meghan Jordan also plays a crucial role for the Pacers as the team's ground ball leader.
Defensively, Lakeridge possesses and extremely solid back line featuring Vigo, Kelly Bartz, Keely Mohr and Annie Missell.
They will be responsible for protecting a pair of strong goalies who will both be seeing time in front of the net this season.
Julianna Lopardo and Stephanie Zink have each had solid games early in the season, giving the Pacers depth at a very crucial position.
Perhaps Lakeridge's biggest asset overall is its depth. Not only are the Pacers strong from front to back, but they also have a very talented bench that can give the team fresh legs when needed.
'We play as a team. There is definitely some individual talent but everyone contributes,' Voas said.
Lakeridge is currently 2-1 this year with a one-goal loss to Lincoln and a one-goal victory over Wilson to go along with its most recent win over Century.
Against Lincoln, the Cardinals came from behind for the narrow victory. Harrell and Wagner led the Pacers with four goals apiece and Wagner notched four assists.
And against Wilson, Wagner had three of her team's five goals and another assist.
The Pacers will look to hold their own in an extremely competitive league featuring last year's state runners up in Oregon City plus cross-town rivals Lake Oswego and a West Linn team that could be even stronger than last year's squad which made the state semifinals.
'We've heard this could be the strongest league in the state. We certainly can't take any team for granted,' Voas said.
But Lakeridge expects to contend with them atop the standings and hopes to set itself up for a playoff run.
The Pacers will take on Beaverton next in a 7 p.m. game at home and will then be off through Spring Break. The team's first league game will be against a new lacrosse program in North Clackamas.