Girls lacrosse drops two games, boys await important rematches
In girls lacrosse this year, the Three Rivers League was arguably the most competitive in the state as the spring began. Now it's pretty safe to say that there is nothing arguable about it anymore.
And West Linn is continuing to take its lumps, searching for a breakthrough win against its terrific league counterparts.
The Lions dropped a pair of games last week to Lake Oswego and Oregon City, two of the best teams in the state.
West Linn fell to the Lakers 9-6 on Tuesday, giving Lake Oswego yet another strong test but eventually coming up just short.
When the two teams met previously, the Lions dominated the first quarter of play and jumped out to a big lead before Lake Oswego stormed back.
This game was a bit more even-keeled but the Lakers' consistency and athleticism won the evening.
The Lakers' Emily Fuller was tough to stop all night as she notched five of the team's nine goals.
West Linn had plenty of scoring opportunities but the Lions were frustrated by the play of Lake Oswego goalie Evan Goldsmith who had nine saves in the game.
Solveig Lee led West Linn with two goals and an assist while Kelly Bocciolatt, Erika Busch, Sam Dewart and Sara Johnson all added one apiece.
The loss came after a 12-6 defeat to Oregon City last Thursday. It was the team's second meeting of the year and the Lions put up a better fight this time around.
The Pioneers' offense was clicking for much of the evening, getting off 27 shots but West Linn goalie Emily Ostbo kept her team in the game with 15 saves.
Oregon City had five players score two goals or more.
For West Linn, Johnson had two goals, Bocciolatt and Busch each had a goal and an assist and Dewart and Lee had goals to pace the Lions' offense.
West Linn takes on North Clackamas today (Thursday).
Meanwhile, the boys team took care of business last week, beating a pair of teams it needed to beat to stay near the top of the Three Rivers League.
On Friday, the Lions got past Putnam with a 10-2 victory and then, on Monday, West Linn buried and Oregon City team that is winless in league 18-2.
The Lions have games left in the regular season including games against Lakeridge and Lake Oswego. They will need to beat at least one of those teams to move up from third place.