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Girls lacrosse team hoping for title run

Last years runners up, the Lions lost just three players and hope to vie for a championship again


by: VERN UYETAKE - Mariah Gatti and and the West Linn girls lacrosse team were the runners up at state last year and hope to reach the title game again.The West Linn girls lacrosse team graduated just three starters from

last year’s squad which finished second in state and nearly toppled

undefeated powerhouse Lake Oswego in the championship match last

spring.

But, despite high expectations and an enormously talented team, coach

Megan Elston knows how much work stands between the Lions and their

goals.

“We're deep and talented but it's not an easy path. It's definitely a goal to get back to where we were last year,” Elston said.

West Linn appears to have few weaknesses this year, featuring a team

that is experienced, athletic and physical, and one that is excited

for a chance to make another run.

The Lions return goalie Tara Sonnemaker who may be the top keeper in

the state. She will be the team’s last line of defense behind a solid

back row.

The defense will be anchored by junior Genna Hughes in her third varsity season.

Caitlin Bernert and Mary Richardson also return to give the back line

plenty of experience.

“Genna is a beast and Caitlin and Mary are very quick. We want to

pressure the opposition and not give them too much time to relax,”

Elston said.

In the midfield, West Linn features a lethal assortment of players.

Returning are senior twins Megan and Annie Longtain along with Mariah

Gatti. All three athletes have committed to playing lacrosse in

college.

Kayla Bouchard is also back and a talented freshman in Natalie Byrne

should also make an impact this year.

“With our speed and talent and ball skill in the midfield, we’re

pretty unstoppable with open field in front of us,” Elston said.

Hanna Morford will switch between midfield and attack this year and

the Lions are exceptionally deep at both positions.

Jessica Weinhart, Hailey Westover, Jazmine Agcaoili and Kalli Creitz

will all see time in West Linn’s attack along with a talented crop of

younger players as well.

The Lions will look to be innovative on offense this year and could be

a dominant scoring squad.

“We’re going to feature a guy’s style of offense. We’ll utilize picks

and it will be a little more scripted. Our assistant coaches have been

working on it and I’m excited about it,” Elston said.

West Linn definitely figures to be a strong contender again this year

but will have some familiar foes to get through.

Defending champion Lake Oswego also returns much of its team while

Oregon City and Lakeridge should be solid in the Three Rivers League.

“Most of our toughest competition this year is going to come in our own league,” Elston said.

West Linn will open league play against Lake Oswego on April 8.




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