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Girls lacrosse teams pick up big wins

The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls lacrosse team each picked up crucial wins last week that dramatically improved their standings in the league.

Last Thursday, Lake Oswego took on Oregon City, last year's runners up to the state championship. In the highly anticipated match-up for sole possession of first place, the weather was, once again, less than ideal.

But the Lakers took it in stride and came away with a 9-8 victory, arguably their biggest win of the year.

Sierra Ainge led the team with four goals and an assist while Emily Fuller notched a pair of goals and an assist.

Amy Schlessinger, Annika Sohlstrom and Flannery Underwood all had one goal apiece in a true team effort from the Lakers.

Goalie Evan Goldsmith also had a solid day with 10 saves.

The win keeps Lake Oswego undefeated on the year at 11-0 and 6-0 in league.

It also gave the Pioneers their first league loss and just their second loss of the season. The first was another one-goal defeat at the hands of last year's state champions from St. Mary's.

Lake Oswego not only sits atop the league but the victory also proves that the Lakers are a strong contender for a state championship this season.

The Lakers then tallied a 14-1 win over North Clackamas. Fuller had four goals in the game to lead Lake Oswego.

The next big game for the Lakers will take place next Tuesday against West Linn.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge also turned in one of its best games of the season last week with a 16-7 pounding of West Linn.

The Lions had been expected to contend for a league championship and perhaps a state title but the Pacers handed them their third league loss of the year.

Allie DeBruhl and Lindsay Wagner were stellar for the Pacers. DeBruhl had six goals and two assists while Wagner added five goals and four assists to pace the Lakeridge.

Much like they did against Lake Oswego, the Lions got off to a quick start, taking a 3-1 lead before Lakeridge rallied and dominated the rest of the game.

Ally Will had a hat trick for Lakeridge and Hannah Harrell and Meghan Jordan each had a goal to complete the scoring.

In its next game, Lakeridge pounded Hood River 20-6 as 10 different players scored. Wagner led the way with four goals and three assists.

The Pacers currently sit in third place in the league, a game behind Oregon City and a game in front of West Linn.

Lakeridge will take on Oregon City next Wednesday.