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Impressive second half earns girls lacrosse team a win

It didn't take long for the West Linn girls lacrosse team to bounce back from its first loss of the season. In their first game after a tough 6-5 loss to Lake Oswego, the Lions rebounded to beat Wilson 10-7 and moved to 4-1 on the year.

West Linn was sparked by an impressive second half which saw the team take a quick lead shortly after the break. From there, the Lions never looked back.

But the first half was a different story. Much of what plagued West Linn in its loss to the Lakers reared its head again early on. The Lions struggled picking up ground balls and failed to get into a rhythm.

'We had a tough time with our ground balls and transitioning early on,' coach Alister Bunch said.

As a result, the game was tied at the half 3-3 and the Lions needed to quickly regroup.

West Linn looked like a different team in the second half and quickly knocked the Trojans back on their heels.

The Lions were paced on defense by Kelsy McCarty and the strong play in the backfield set up the team's transition game.

'Kelsy did a great job keeping everybody focused,' Bunch said.

Keri Robinson recorded another hat trick for West Linn and Sarah Normandin, Erika Busch and Solveig Lee each added two goals apiece. Kristin Brown also tallied a goal as the Lions spread out their scoring once again.

The Lions never gave up their lead once they took control in the second half and had possession of the ball for the majority of that time.

'We fine-tuned some things and then were on fire in the second half,' Bunch said.

West Linn took on Oregon City, a team expected to contend for the league championship, on Wednesday but results were not available at press time.

On Friday, the Lions will face Tigard, another league opponent, before squaring off against Lakeridge for the first time next Tuesday.

'I'm really proud of how the girls are playing right now. Even after the (Wilson) game they were talking about still having work to do. It makes my job easy,' Bunch said.