The Lakers knock off Lakeridge and can tie for the league title with help from OC

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Sierra Dill looks to keep the ball away from Lake Oswego's Madison Lamont during Monday's game. The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team took care of business on Monday, wrapping up the regular season with an 19-6 win over Lakeridge.

The Lakers finished the regular season at 8-2 and can tie for the league title if Oregon City upsets West Linn tonight (Thursday).

However, even if Lake Oswego finishes in second place, that has been an advantageous position for the team entering the playoffs in years past.

“We definitely don't mind the No. 2 seed. We've done well with that before,” Anderson said.

The Lakers' offense was in top form on Monday against crosstown rival Lakeridge.

Lake Oswego scored just 14 seconds into the contest after winning the opening face-off on a goal by Lilly Newman.

Two minutes later, Shannon Fender scored on an assist from Madison Lamont and the Lakers were off and running.

Lakeridge would win possession a few minutes later and would take its time looking for a good shot, capitalizing with a goal by Kaitlyn Wachtel.

But Lake Oswego's heavy pressure was simply too much and the Lakers did a nice job hitting open cutters in the middle of the field for high-percentage shots.

“Overall our defense is really playing well and has been keying our offense. Our midfield pressure is working hard,” Anderson said.

Alyssa Dragelin and Lexi Cheetham scored just 12 seconds apart to bolster the lead. Lake Oswego went up 6-1 before another goal from Wachtel pulled the Pacers closer.

The Lakers continued to score efficiently, getting tallies from Lamont and Abby Bergevin, building a 10-2 lead before Lakeridge made a rally in the final minutes of the half.

After getting some sustained possession, Lakeridge scored two quick goals, one from Peyton van Allen on an assist by Emily Harrell and another from Becka Wachtel, assisted by Kori Mohr.

Lake Oswego would get the final goal of the half from Madeline Reece and led 11-4 at the break.

Newman and Cheetham each scored two more times for the Lakers in the second half and each finished with four goals apiece. Newman also added four assists to the effort.

Van Allen and Harrell each scored once more for the Pacers in the second half.

Lakeridge hosts Clackamas tonight in its regular season finale and will clinch a playoff berth with a win.

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