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LO girls lacrosse battles WL to the wire

The Lakers rally twice in the second half but fall 11-10 in overtime

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lauren Gilbert looks for room on a breakaway during Tuesday's game against West Linn. Gilbert scored five of the Lakers' 10 goals and also led the team in draw captures.The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team dropped its first meeting of the season with West Linn on Tuesday, rallying twice in the second half before falling 11-10 in overtime. However, the Lakers sent a message to the defending champions that repeating will be an extremely difficult task.

Lake Oswego has been steadily improving throughout the season, hammering Oregon City 16-3 leading up to Tuesday’s showdown at West Linn.

It was a game of runs, particularly in the second half as the Lakers trailed by three goals and then again by two with less than 10 minutes remaining.

The Lions opened with a goal 20 minutes into the contest before Lauren Gilbert scored on a rebound for Lake Oswego’s first tally.

West Linn went up 2-1 before the Lakers started to turn the momentum. Gilbert would score again on a pretty move and Lake Oswego grabbed its first lead on a free position shot by Katy Gilbert.

Less than a minute later, Avery Hawes scored on a nice feed from Carlie Leach, prompting a quick time-out by the Lions.

West Linn would claw back with a pair of goals from its star, Natalie Byrne before Leach got on the board herself with 5:34 left in the half.

The Lakers would enter the second half tied 5-5 but the Lions dominated the first 10 minutes of the second stanza.

West Linn rattled off here unanswered goals to lead 8-5. However, Lake Oswego was far from finished. The Lakers upped their efforts against Byrne, denying her good lanes to shoot with double and triple teams near the net.

Lake Oswego needed a spark to shift the tide again and got it from Lauren Gilbert. Gilbert was all over the field for the Lakers, capturing a game-high seven draws. She scored twice in a two-minute period and Garland Horwitz added another to tie the game less than four minutes after falling behind 8-5.

West Linn would regain its bearings and scored twice less than 20 seconds apart to put the Lakers in a 10-8 hole with eight minutes to play.

Leach would get on the board again to cut the lead to one and, with just two minutes to play, the Lakers came up with a turnover and Lauren Gilbert would score following a penalty, her fifth goal of the contest.

Each team had one more opportunity to take the lead in regulation but Lake Oswego goalie Riley Hertford turned away the Lions’ final shot.

In overtime, West Linn won the draw but Lake Oswego came up with a stop. The Lakers drew a penalty and had a free position shot but it was saved.

With less than a minute to play in the first extra period, Byrne was fouled and, despite swarming defense, she tossed in the winning goal.

It marked Lake Oswego’s first loss to an Oregon opponent this year but the Lakers will get another crack at West Linn next Friday.

Lake Oswego will battle Lakeridge for the first time this Friday.