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LO girls lacrosse team outlasts West Linn


The Lakers keep their Oregon winning streak alive with an 8-5 victory

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lexi Cheetham makes a run downfield in the Lakers' win over West Linn on Monday. Cheetham scored two crucial second-half goals in the victory.The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team showed that it's not nearly ready to relinquish its stranglehold on the state on Monday, knocking off West Linn 8-5 at home.

The Lions entered the year widely regarded as the team with the best chance of breaking the Lakers' winning streak as they return the majority of last year's squad which fell to Lake Oswego in the state championship game.

In a back-and-forth contest, a quick run early in the second half allowed the Lakers to take control and a strong all-around defensive performance sealed the victory.

Lake Oswego gave up a goal in the first minute but quickly regrouped, tying the game on a shot by Abby Bergevin.

The Lakers' were stingy on defense all evening, succeeding in slowing down West Linn's high-paced offense and not giving up easy looks at the net.

Goalie Julianna Ramey also had a terrific night, turning away multiple shots by the Lions.

A pair of goals by Madeline Reece put Lake Oswego up 3-2 and the Lakers appeared to take a two-goal lead in the closing minutes of the half.

However, the shot following a penalty was called back because of an illegal stick infraction.

One minute later, West Linn scored a similar goal following a penalty and that goal was also waived off because of the same penalty.

Lake Oswego held a slim 3-2 lead at the break and gave up another quick goal to open the half which tied the game.

The Lakers were methodical and patient on offense for much of the night, pulling the ball out and looking to set up the best possible shot.

Lake Oswego was also cautious in moving the ball up the field against West Linn's heavy pressure, not forcing passes and avoiding costly turnovers.

Five minutes into the second half, the game turned quickly. After an injury time-out to one of the Lions' players, Lake Oswego regrouped and Lexi Cheetham scored a goal following a penalty.

Just 15 seconds later, Madison Lamont scored on a pretty assist from Lilly Newman.

Then, one minute later, Cheetham scored again following a penalty, giving Lake Oswego three goals in a span of less than 90 seconds.

While the possession was evenly matched for the majority of the contest, that burst proved to be the difference in the game.

West Linn would respond with a goal to cut the lead to 6-4 and appeared to have another goal a few minutes later which was, once again, called back because of an illegal stick.

Lake Oswego received goals from Emily Wolff and Newman to go up 8-4 with less than 10 minutes to play but the Lions still had chances to get back into the contest.

The Lions would score just 30 seconds later and Lake Oswego struggled to chew up large amounts of clock down the stretch.

West Linn got the ball back a handful of times but the Lakers' defense rose to the occasion and kept West Linn off the board for the final nine minutes to seal the victory.

Lake Oswego will take on Oregon City tonight (Thursday).