by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Sarah Seals tries to get by a defender and head toward the goal in Tuesday’s lacrosse game.

When the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls lacrosse teams met earlier in the year, a strong second-half rally by the Pacers was nearly enough to erase a large lead before Lake Oswego tightened up its defense to preserve a win.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego simply built too big of a lead to be overturned. An impressive stretch of three unanswered goals in the second half was enough for Lakeridge as the Lakers stayed tied for first place in the league with a 14-7 win.

Lake Oswego forced turnovers for much of the evening and scored the first five goals of the second half to come away with a victory over their rivals.

The Lakers got on the board first with a goal from MacKenzie Place six minutes into the contest.

But the Pacers won the ensuing face-off and scored just 12 seconds later on a nice pass from Annie Misell to Lindsay Wagner.

The Pacers were terrific on face-offs for much of the evening as Meghan Jordan was routinely able to give her team possession.

But Lake Oswego was just as good at taking the ball back. The Lakers started to take over the game midway through the first half on goals by Megan Swindells and Annika Sohlstrom.

Sierra Ainge scored to make the lead 5-1 and Emily Fuller notched a pair of goals within two minutes of each other to boost the lead to six.

But Lakeridge quickly came back. In the final two minutes of the half, the Pacers responded, knowing they couldn't enter halftime trailing by such a large deficit.

Allie DeBruhl scored two quick goals for Lakeridge and Ally Will notched another in a late flurry. But the Lakers were able to salvage some momentum when Flannery Underwood scored in the closing seconds of the half, making the score 8-4.

Lake Oswego then dominated the first eight minutes of the second half to all but put the game away.

Underwood scored just one minute into the half and then Place and Swindells each scored two more goals apiece to seemingly put the game out of reach.

But, once again, Lakeridge was resilient.

Trailing by nine goals, the Pacers picked up their intensity, scoring three straight times on goals by DeBruhl, Will and Wagner.

But, in the final minutes of the game, Lake Oswego was able to regain possession and score one more goal to put the game away.

The Lakers are now 8-1 in league and tied for first place with Oregon City. Lakeridge sits at 5-4 in third place and has a crucial game tonight (Thursday) against West Linn. A win clinches third place for the Pacers as the playoffs approach for both teams.

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