The Pacers discover that the Pioneers have too many horses

by: RAFAEL GONZALEZ - Lakeridge players Juliana Pyle (3) and Kori Mohr (34) struggle to slow Oregon City senior Kennedy Kullmann in last weeks 18-12 Pioneer win over the seventh-ranked Pacers.Riding high after a 10-8 upset of defending state champion Lake Oswego, the Oregon City Pioneers continued hot in last week’s Three Rivers League girls lacrosse, defeating seventh-ranked Lakeridge 18-12 and bouncing Canby 19-4.

Depth in talent continued to be the Pioneers’ strength, as eight Oregon City players scored goals in the win at Lakeridge and nine girls scored at Canby. Lakeridge had allowed opponents an average of fewer than nine goals a game entering last week’s game with Oregon City, and the 18 points was the most points that the Pacers had allowed any opponent through their first seven games.

April Lantz scored five times to head up the effort against the Pacers. Cassie Downing, Danielle Kirby and McKenzie Rollins scored three goals apiece, while Emily Krupa, Lindsi Peters, Britney Smith and Rachel Tacha added single tallies.

“April had a standout game on offense,” Oregon City coach Dara Kramer said. “She has a knack for deception, always off-footing her defenders to get that one key step on them.”

Kramer also praised Kirby and Cassie Downing for “coming up big for us on defense.”

“Cassie stopped several fast breaks and Danielle got seven ground balls,” Kramer said.

Oregon City keepers Annaliese Hernandez and Gabby Amendolara together had six saves on 18 shots on-frame.

Tacha (3 goals, 2 assists), Kirby (3 goals, one assist), Smith (3 goals) and Krupa (one goal, 3 assists) were the offensive leaders in the rout of Canby.

“We were really focussed on new players to step up on offense,” Kramer said. “Freshmen Rachel Tacha, Claudia Hatch, Britney Smith and Lindsi Peters scored nine of our [19] goals.”

With the pair of wins, the Pioneers upped their record to 4-0-0 in league and to 9-1-0 on the season.

Kramer expected a tough match on Monday (April 22), when the Pioneers were to host 2013 state finalist West Linn.

“West Linn didn’t graduate anyone from their 2012 state championship game roster,” Kramer said. “So they’re a very solid team, both offensively and defensively. We’re approaching the game the same as we did in our game with Lake Oswego, going out and playing like we’re underdogs, with nothing to lose.”

West Linn (7-1, 3-1) entered Monday’s game ranked first in the state, with the only blemish in an otherwise perfect season coming in an 8-5 loss in an April 8 game played at Lake Oswego.

The fourth-ranked Pioneers entertain Clackamas (5-5, 1-3) this Friday. Next Monday they have a rematch with second-ranked Lake Oswego (5-1, 4-1), at Lake Oswego.

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