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LO girls lacrosse gets another title shot after semi- final win over WL

The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team is back in the state title game after a one-year absence but, if it hopes to pick up its third state title, it will have to get past a rival that has eliminated it from the playoffs for the past three seasons.

The young Laker team appears to be peaking at the right time, picking up three impressive playoff wins culminating with a 20-9 drubbing of West Linn in the semifinals.

Lake Oswego got things started with a 15-7 win over Lincoln last Wednesday. The Lakers got four goals a piece from Dana Kilsby and Paige Timberg plus nine saves by goalie Carly Hall to help the team advance.

In the quarterfinals, the Lakers knocked off Sunset 18-10. The Lakers got off to a slow start and only led 8-7 before the defense dug in and shut Sunset out the rest of the way.

"We just screwed our heads on straight and started to focus as a group," coach Lauren Anderson said.

Lake Oswego got all but one of its goals from three players. Timberg had one of her best games of the season, leading the way with seven goals as the Apollos attempted to stop Kilsby.

But Kilsby and Lilly Newman each scored five times helping a very efficient Lake Oswego attack. Lexi Cheetham scored the other goal for the Lakers.

That advanced Lake Oswego to the semifinals where it took on league rival West Linn. The Lions' somewhat surprising run to the semis made it so that three of the four teams still alive were from the Three Rivers League.

West Linn played Lake Oswego tough in a pair of regular season games but the Lakers were prepared and focused on Monday.

The Lakers dominated the game in the early going, jumping out to a 6-0 lead before the Lions could respond. Lake Oswego's offense was clicking again and never let West Linn back into the game.

"It's tough because on one hand it's nice to know your opponent but it's also so difficult to beat someone three times in the same season," Anderson said.

Kilsby, who had killed the Lions in the regular season, scoring 18 goals in two games, was nearly unstoppable again with nine more goals and a pair of assists. She also won nine draws in the game.

This time the scoring was balanced as the Lions had little answer. Timberg and Newman each scored twice and combined for nine assists. Cheetham and Alyssa Dragelin also each scored twice.

Lake Oswego now gears up the state title game tonight (Thursday) where it faces Oregon City. The Pioneers have beaten the Lakers twice this year but both games were exceedingly close.

"The girls are incredibly fired up. They're going into the game with a lot of confidence. They know Oregon City is very good but that they're beatable," Anderson said.