Newberg's top defender and leading scorer named to the All-Northwest Division team after the Tigers rise to best-ever third-place showing

The Newberg girls lacrosse team reached new heights in 2014, rising to place third in the conference and qualifying for the state playoffs for the first time in program history.

Two of the driving forces behind the team’s success, midfield/defender Shea Terranova and midfielder Christina Bryan, were honored by the league’s coaches as all-league performers in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association’s Northwest Division. by: SETH GORDON - Pickpocket - Shea Terranova helped lead Newberg to its best season yet and was named to the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association all-Northwest Division first team. Terranova led the league with 41 caused turnovers in 12 games.

Terranova was the leading vote getter among defenders, thus making the first team, while Bryant was the top vote-getting midfielder on the second team, finishing one spot off the first team.

Terranova led the league with 41 caused turnovers in division games and although it’s unofficial, head coach Terry Paskett said he believes she also led the state with 58 in 17 games.

Terranova also registered 13 goals, five assists, 25 draw controls and 64 ground balls for the entire season.

Paskett was disappointed that Abby Reohr didn’t receive all-league recognition (there is no honorable mention awarded) after having similar stats to Terranova for the season, especially in ground balls (64) and caused turnovers (48). Reohr also had 12 goals and three assists.

The problem for Reohr was that four of her best games came in non-conference play and therefore weren’t factored into the coaches’ decision.

“She had four other great games,” Paskett said. “She just didn’t have as good of games in league and a lot of the reason why is she played defense in those other four games. Shea got all-conference, but for our team, I think Abby was just as instrumental. I think they both played almost every single minute of every game.”

Bryan, who was also a second-team selection last year as a freshman, set new school records with 61 goals and 12 assists for 73 points to go along with 74 draw controls, 38 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers.

“There were a lot of seniors ahead of her and they all graduate this year,” Paskett said. “Every team has a superstar and Wilsonville has, like, three, so it’s really hard and she was only one point out of getting first team.”

Newberg’s second-leading scorer behind Bryant was Abby Turner, who had 37 points on 27 goals and 10 assists.

Paskett also praised senior defender Marta Burchett, who came out for the sport for the first time this spring, and developed into an impact player on defense. In 13 games, she scored eight goals, dished out six assists, grabbed 39 ground balls and caused 16 turnovers.

Aside from shooting percentage, Paskett said the Tigers doubled their totals in just about every statistical category from last year. Newberg also made dramatic improvement in goals scored and goals allowed, which was a major goal at the beginning of the season.

“Two years ago, we were averaging three and four points a game and giving up 15,” Paskett said. “Last year was seven and giving up 13. This year was 10 and 10, and it would have been a lot less if we hadn’t given up 35 goals in two games versus Wilsonville.”

The key to opening up the offense was a much-improved passing game, which helped the Tigers smash the school record for assists.

“We went from seven assists to 46 assists this year,” Paskett said. “That’s probably the biggest one thing that helped us win more games as we actually learned how to pass the ball around, trust people, catch the ball and actually score. It makes a big difference.”

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