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Laker girls advance to another lacrosse title game


Lake Oswego gets past Lakeridge and Wilsonville and faces No. 1 West Linn tonight

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Zoe Wong looks to get past Lakeridge's Maddie Hearn during the Lakers' playoff win last week. The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team cruised into the state championship game again on Tuesday, overcoming a slow first few minutes of play to bury Wilsonville 15-7 at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Lakers uncharacteristically fell behind 3-0 in the early going as the Wildcats opened the game with energy.

However, Lake Oswego regrouped quickly and never looked back. The Lakers rattled off 10 unanswered goals in a dominating performance.

“It wasn't how we like to start a game but once we got going we were in control,” Laker coach Lauren Anderson said.

The Lakers controlled the ground ball battle with Kate Hearon picking up five and Zoe Wong tallying four.

Lake Oswego spread the scoring around. Lilly Newman had four goals and an assist while Emily Wolff and Lexi Cheetham each notched hat tricks.

Abby Bergervin had a goal and three assists.

To reach the semifinals, Lake Oswego had to get through a familiar opponent in Lakeridge.

The Lakers had a pair of wins over Lakeridge earlier in the year but, last week, the Pacers put together one of their best efforts of the season.

Lake Oswego built an early 4-0 lead but, unlike the previous two game between the teams, the Pacers had their share of the possession for much of the contest.

The Pacers would get on the board on a penalty shot from Maddie Hearn.

Three minutes later, the Pacers would cut the deficit further with a goal from Lauren deLancelotti.

Lake Oswego rallied back scoring three times in the next three minutes to take back control of the game.

Two of those goals were from Newman and the third came from Madeline Reece.

Late in the half, deLancelotti would score again for the Pacers to make it 7-3 at the break.

Lakeridge continued to have success on offense in the second half, getting another goal from Hearn and one apiece from Emily Harrell, Aubrey Larson and Kori Mohr.

However, Lake Oswego's attack was too tough to stop in a 15-7 win.

“They're a team on the rise and they definitely gave us a game,” Anderson said.

Newman finished with four goals and two assists for the Lakers.

Lakeridge won its opening playoff game 18-12 against Jesuit in a fast-paced up-and-down game.

Ten different players scored for the Pacers. DeLancelotti had four goals while Becka Wachtel and Peyton van Allen each had a hat trick. Wachtel captured eight goals in the game.

Lake Oswego will take on West Linn tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. for another state title. The teams split the season series and the Lakers topped the Lions in last year's championship game.

“For us the key is to get off to a good start and to play a full 50 minutes,” Anderson said.