NHS girls lacrosse — Newberg downs Liberty and Glencoe last week to move into third place in the Northwest division

The red-hot Newberg girls lacrosse team is enjoying life in the fast lane, whipping past program milestones right and left this spring.

Beat Liberty? Check.

Three-game winning streak? Check.

Sweep of Glencoe? Check.

Four-game winning streak? Check.

Third-place in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association Northwest division? Check.

The Tigers (7-5 overall, 5-3 league) added those accomplishments to the ever-growing list of program firsts last week, besting the Eagles 9-3 on the road April 22 and hemming in Glencoe 15-7 April 23 to move half a game ahead of Century (5-4) for sole possession of third place.

Newberg led just 2-0 at halftime versus Liberty, but the offense came to life in the second half, as leading scorer Christina Bryan finished with five goals.

Shea Terranova added a goal and an assist for the Tigers, who continued to play strong defense in the second half, holding the Eagles’ top two scorers to one point.

Terranova also excelled on the defensive side of the ball, collecting six ground balls and forced four turnovers to help Newberg collect a total of 32 and 18, respectively, setting a new season high.

The only downside was a poor shooting percentage (9-for 26), but on the flipside, goalie Kylee Duey stopped eight of 11 Eagle shots to go along with four ground balls.

The Tigers returned home to face Glencoe for the second time April 2 and matched their first effort with an eight-goal victory.

Newberg turned a tight 6-3 contest at halftime into a clear victory by pressuring on defense and maintaining possession.

Bryan stepped up her game, registering six goals, three assists, nine draw controls and four ground balls, with Abby Turner and Terranova adding two goals apiece.

Terranova and first-year player Marta Burchett were stellar defensively, combining to collect nine ground balls and force seven turnovers as Newberg limited the Crimson Tide to 10 shots.

The Tigers will have to close the season strong in order to hold on to third place. Newberg hosted league-leading Wilsonville (7-0) on Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) and will travel Friday to Tualatin, which will be fired up to avenge Newberg’s 13-11 home win April 18.

With the Timberwolves (3-5) sitting in fifth place, one spot out of the playoffs, a loss to Newberg would likely dash their postseason hopes.

Newberg will then finish out against versus Liberty May 5 and Century May 7, and the season finale against the Jaguars will likely play a large role in deciding who finishes third and earns a better draw in the first round of the state playoffs.

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