by: VERN UYETAKE  Becka Wachtel has had a strong start to the season for Lakeridge this year. As the team’s center, she has 20 draw controls and nine goals in two games.

The Lakeridge girls lacrosse team has a lot of new faces this year but with their youth comes plenty of talent as well.

The Pacers have six returning varsity players and are starting two freshmen and three sophomores.

"It's a really smart team and they're all very eager to learn which is a great," coach Jessica Voas said.

The team is also very balanced across the field and hopes to be a contender in the brutally tough Three Rivers League.

"We don't have that one big superstar this year but the girls have all been playing really well as a team," Voas said.

At goalie this season will be Krissy Craig and she will be protected by an experienced defense.

Co-captains Sophia Nielsen and Allison Heymann will anchor the back line along with Emma Young and Julianna Pyle.

The Pacers have a young midfield but one that is loaded with potential.

The line features co-captain Kori Mohr, a pair of freshmen in Maris Thompson and Kaitlyn Wachtel and two sophomores in Maddie Hearn and Becka Wachtel.

Becka Wachtel is the team's center this season and is one of the squad's most versatile players.

In two games this year, both victories, Wachtel has recorded nine goals and 20 draw controls.

"She's looked amazing so far. There's not just one thing she's good at. She fills up the stat sheet," Voas said.

At attack, Lakeridge has a variety of scoring threats in Emily Harrell and Megan Logsdon.

With talent all over the field, Lakeridge will look to transition quickly and get everybody involved.

"We plan on moving the ball a lot and getting it up the field through the air," Voas said.

The Pacers already have two wins this year, topping strong teams in OES and Lincoln and will be tested early and often this spring.

Lakeridge opens up league play against defending state champion Lake Oswego at home tonight (Thursday).

"I think the top four teams in the league, us, Lake Oswego, Oregon City and West Linn are all still very strong but we think we'll be very competitive and could be a contender," Voas said.

Lakeridge also had a strong showing at a recent tournament in Utah and is excited to see how the team progresses this year.

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