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Lake Oswego girls eyeing a three-peat


The Lakers return a strong core from last years undefeated season

The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team enters this season with the same target on its back and the Lakers will remain the team to beat until someone does it.

The Lakers are coming off an undefeated season and back-to-back state titles and, although the team only graduated five seniors, the losses were significant.

But Lake Oswego is experienced and talented and should be very much in contention to make it a three-peat this year.

“We have a strong junior class and not too many new faces. The kids are used to the system and so practices have been about refining things,” coach Lauren Anderson said.

Lake Oswego will continue to stick with what works this year, utilizing its skill and athleticism to be a dangerous transition team. The Lakers will look to bring pressure all over the field as well to create turnovers.

Lake Oswego returns its goalie Julianna Ramey while Kate Hearon returns to captain a somewhat inexperienced yet solid back line.

“As a former goalie I know that the preference is to never let the ball get to the net,” Anderson said.

Lake Oswego's midfield should rival nearly everyone in the state, featuring Lexi Cheetham, who has committed to Louisville, Lily Newman, one of the team's top scorers last year, Emily Wolfe and Alyssa Dragelin, the postseason tournament MVP last year.

Abby Bergevin and Madeline Reece will also figure in prominently to the midfield while Reece and Newman will likely split time taking face-offs.

At attack, the Lakers feature some newer players but aren't lacking in scoring threats.

Shannon Fender and Madison Lamont will be key targets this year.

As has been the case in recent years, Lake Oswego's primary competition will likely come from within its own league.

Oregon City and Lakeridge should both be strong this season while West Linn, last year's runner-up, returns virtually its entire squad.

“There are a lot of good players and coaches in our league and it's nice to see that competition every year,” Anderson said.

Lake Oswego will travel to Denver in April and the Lakers will also play an exhibition game against Bainbridge at the University of Oregon in May.