The quest for a three-peat falls one game short in a 19-13 defeat

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Abby Bergevin looks for space against the West Linn defense in the state title game last week.The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team knew it had its work cut out for it to know off West Linn in the state championship game for the second straight year and clinch a three-peat. The Lakers' fought until the bitter end against the No. 1 Lions but West Linn's offense was too potent last week in a 19-13 defeat.

Lake Oswego entered the contest as mild underdogs but has split a pair of games with the Lions in the regular season.

In a near-constant downpour, the Lakers fell behind 2-0 early but got on the board five minutes into the game on a penalty shot by Alyssa Dragelin.

A nice shot from Lilly Newman a few minutes later cut the lead to 3-2 as the game went back and forth in the opening minutes but West Linn would start to take over after that.

The Lions began to control possession and rattled off six straight goals to build a 9-2 advantage. It was a rough stretch for the Lakers who committed some uncharacteristic turnovers and who had a goal waived off.

West Linn goalie Tara Sonnemaker also made a pair of nice saves to keep Lake Oswego off the board.

But the Lakers found the net again late in the half. Newman provided much of the offensive spark in the game for Lake Oswego and she scored twice in the final three minutes, including a goal with 12 seconds left to make the halftime deficit 10-4.

West Linn scored the first two goals of the second half to build its largest lead of the game before Lake Oswego responded with goals from Madeline Reece and Newman.

The Lakers were also hampered by a handful of yellow cards which left them short-handed for period of time in the second half.

Still, Lake Oswego continued to battle. A goal from Lexi Cheetham and two more from Reece made it 14-9 with 12 minutes to play in the game.

However, the Lions stayed aggressive and continued to attack the net, rattling off three unanswered goals to all but put the game away.

The Lakers had far more success on offense in the second half with Cheetham scoring twice in the final eight minutes and the Lakers getting a goal apiece from Abby Bergevin and Newman's fifth of the game but, ultimately the deficit was just too much to overcome.

Lake Oswego will return a large portion of its team next year and should continue what has become a very good rivalry with West Linn.

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