The Laker and Pacer boys and girls lacrosse teams are all gearing up for their most important games of the season. On Friday, a doubleheader will take place at Lakeridge High School with a pair of Civil War games taking place back-to-back.
The girls game will be first at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow.
Each contest is highly anticipated and will give the winners an early advantage in the Three Rivers League.
For the boys, the Lakers have been eyeing this game for a long time. While the Pacers have been dominant for years, Lake Oswego might be a slight favorite on Friday and, with a win, Lakeridge's long in-state winning streak will come to an end.
Both teams enter the game 1-0 with dominant league victories on Tuesday. Lake Oswego pounded Clackamas 11-1 and moved to 4-1 on the year.
'Lake Oswego has good size, good speed and good skill and when you combine that with good coaching, it's a potent combination,' Pacer coach Curt Sheinin said.
Lakeridge meanwhile buried Oregon City 21-0. The Pacers held a 16-0 lead at the half and then focused on ball control and slowed the pace of the game down in the second half.
Lakeridge also recently returned from one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country and went 0-3 against some of the nation's best teams.
But there were some large highlights along the way. Against St. Ignatius, the Pacers held their own for a quarter but ultimately fell 17-5. In the game, Curtis Kisky made his first official start and shut down a talented Division I-bound player.
Andrew Clayton also had four goals in the game against one of the country's better defenders. Clayton also made the all-tournament team. Lakeridge lost 12-11 in overtime to University High School but held a five-goal lead in the fourth quarter before University's star player took over.
'It was a good experience overall. I think it showed the coaches what we have to do and we've already made some adjustments. I'm pretty optimistic,' Sheinin said.
For the girls, Lakeridge beat North Clackamas on Tuesday 22-1 as eight girls scored and all eight had at least two goals. Allie DeBruhl led her team with five goals and added an assist to the effort.
Lake Oswego is coming off an impressive 7-5 victory over Sunset. Megan Swindells had a hat trick while MacKenzie Place and Emily Fuller had two goals apiece.
With four teams, Lakeridge, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Oregon City, expected to vie for the league title on the girls' side, Friday's match is exceedingly important.