by: VERN UYETAKE Seth Goddin is one of Lake Oswego’s key attackmen this season. The Lakers replace some key seniors this year but should be extremely competitive once again.

The Lake Oswego boys lacrosse team lost a handful of extremely talented players from last year's squad that advanced to the Final Four and has a new head coach this season but expectations are anything but tempered.

Marc Torrey takes over the Lakers this year and is blessed with a team that, again, should be among the state's elite.

Lake Oswego got off to a great start to the season, going 4-0 with wins over Sunset and an up and coming Glencoe team and two wins over strong teams at a tournament in Arizona.

"We're very optimistic. We're starting to come together and improve. The goal has always been to win the state title but we're also trying to not get too big of a head," Torrey said.

The Lakers are extremely athletic and, even early in the year, already boast a very cohesive unit.

"I think it's a more well-rounded team than last year. Everyone has a role," Torrey said.

Lake Oswego will be keyed by its defense this season.

The Lakers have a senior and captain in front of the net with Nathan Duletzke.

In front of him on defense are two more team captains in Jonny Harkins and Connell Pritchard as the Lakers are extremely talented in the back.

"We're big and aggressive and I think we can make things uncomfortable for other teams on offense," Torrey said.

Lake Oswego will rely heavily on its defense this year, using it to set up its attack as well.

In the midfield Lake Oswego is young but talented, featuring sophomores JB Holmes and Spencer Anderson.

Aaron Schneider has also been strong in the early season at defensive midfield.

The Lakers will be versatile and unpredictable at the attack with multiple scoring options.

Billy Able has been an early spark for Lake Oswego while Seth Goddin is what Torrey called "the quarterback of our attack."

JC Vandenbrink is also a talented goal scorer and will need to be accounted for on defense.

Lake Oswego will be a dangerous team in transition this year and will also focus on possessing the ball for high percentage shots.

While the team has been very strong in early games, there is also room for improvement with young players filling in the holes vacated by last year's seniors.

The Three Rivers League is expected to be very competitive again this year with Lake Oswego, Lakeridge and West Linn battling it out.

"We'd love to repeat as TRL champions but mainly we just want to improve each game and be the best that we can be by May," Torrey said.

Next up for the Lakers will be next Tuesday's game against Wilsonville.

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