Pacer girls lacrosse on a roll as season winds down
Lakeridge tops Oregon City for first time in five years
The Lakeridge girls lacrosse team may be peaking at the right time as it eyes the playoffs.
The Pacers pulled off back-to-back narrow victories over Oregon City and Clackamas last week to move up to third place in the league standings.
Lakeridge has steadily improved with each game this year and now finds itself as a potentially dangerous playoff match-up for opposing teams.
Due to the quality of its league, Lakeridge has one of the tougher strengths of schedules in the state and it will be more than battle tested as it begins the postseason.
Against the Pioneers, Lakeridge jumped out early and held on for its first victory against Oregon City in five years.
The Pacers were fired up for the game and played with confidence, building an early 6-2 advantage. It was an up and down battle as both squads had difficult stopping the other in a fast-paced showdown.
Oregon City would rally back and take a 10-9 lead at the half but Lakeridge wasn't deterred and continued attacking the Pioneers' net, coming away with a 17-15 win.
The Pacers were phenomenal on the draw, winning 22 of them compared to just 10 by Oregon City. That led to a big possession advantage for the Pacers.
Lauren deLancellotti and Peyton Van Allen were the primary scoring options for Lakeridge. DeLancellotti scored six times and added three assists while Van Allen scored five times.
Sabrina Duffy captured nine draws to lead the Pacers and also scored twice while Kaitlin Wachtel added a pair of goals to the effort.
Lakeridge would then record its second two-goal victory of the year against Clackamas. The Pacers ground out a 14-12 win, out-hustling the Cavaliers to ground balls for the victory.
DeLancellotti proved difficult to stop with six more goals and two assists while Duffy, Van Allen and Mary Potter each scored twice.
Lakeridge will wrap up the regular season against Lake Oswego tonight (Thursday).
Meanwhile, the Lakers dropped their rematch with West Linn last week 11-8. The Lions were looking to break their losing streak to Lake Oswego and were fired up on their home field.
This time West Linn held firm in the game's late moments to fend off the Lakers.
Lauren Gilbert had an outstanding game for Lake Oswego, scoring five times to lead the effort. Madeline Reece scored and had two assists in the game. Gilbert and Reece also combined to win seven of the Lakers' nine draws.
West Linn did better on the draw than it did in the teams' first meeting and the Lions got the ball into their star Natalie Byrne, who responded with five goals.
The Lakers rebounded with a 19-6 win over Oregon City. Both Reece and Avery Hawes scored four goals in the lopsided win.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT