Lakeridge girls lacrosse ready to compete in 2018
The 2017 season ended all too soon for the Lakeridge girls lacrosse team.
On the plus side, the Pacers may have been at their best near the end of the season, pushing Wilsonville — later, a state semifinalist — to the very end in a 10-9 playoff loss.
This year, under the leadership of new head coach Lindsay Kibler, Lakeridge would like to hit high gear a little earlier.
"We have yet to scratch the surface on the amount of potential this team offers," said Kibler, who played in college for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, went on to coach at Asbury University and Whitman College, and currently serves as Portland Girls Program Director for The Tenacity Project. "In order to be competitive in this very difficult league, we will need to focus on a strong defense, draw controls and quick ball movement."
This year's team returns one all-Three Rivers League player in senior captain Nelle Eveleth at attack, adds more leadership in junior captain Siena Davies at attack/midfield, and also expects big contributions from freshman attack/midfielder Aiden McCulloch, senior defender Audrey Bachman, junior goalie Averi Basso and sophomore attack/midfielder Abby Beckley.
"Being new to the program, it has been a pleasure to see the many various strengths each player brings to the team," Kibler said. "We have a small but tight knit group this year and the smaller roster allows for each person to bring a different highlighted strength."
Kibler said that Basso "has such a calming presence for the defense in tough situations, but a good balance of keeping people motivated and ready for the next play," adding that Eveleth and Davies "lead with their positive attitude and 100 percent hustle on the field."
Also ready for varsity roles this year are: junior attack/midfielder Haley Brisbee; junior defense/midfielder Amadea Bortoli; junior midfielder Erin Freer; junior attack/midfielder Natalie Goldberg; junior defense Lindley Patton; freshman attack Jane Pearson; senior defender Alexa Peterson; junior defender Sydney Utech; junior midfielder Marie Hartfield; junior midfielder Anna Patricelli; and sophomore goalie Nikki Littler.
Now, Kibler said it's just a matter of getting her team to jell together.
"Though we have a small roster, everyone receives a lot of playing time, but I'm confident to saying that we have no weak link," she said.