Lake Oswego, Lakeridge girls lacrosse place 10 players on all-Three Rivers teams
Simply the best.
Better than all the rest.
There's no better description for the top players from the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls lacrosse teams — and voters from the Three Rivers League and around the state seem to agree.
The Lakers and Pacers — they placed first and third in the tough-as-nails Three Rivers League — saw 10 players honored on all-TRL teams, including five Lake Oswego players on the all-league first team.
The Lakers, who advanced all the way to the state championship game before placing second in the OGLA playoffs, saw junior attack Katie Freeman (48 goals, 14 assists, 15 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and 10 draw controls won), senior midfielder Katy Gilbert (55 goals, 36 assists, 34 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and 65 draw controls won), junior midfielder Zoe Ziegler (46 goals, 13 assists, 35 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers and 138 draw controls won), senior defender McKinley Mullen (eight goals, four assists, 35 ground balls, 25 caused turnovers and five draw controls won) and senior defender Taylor Hamper (five goals, two assists, 27 ground balls, 16 caused turnovers and seven draw controls won) all named to the all-TRL first team.
Further, Gilbert was named TRL Player of the Year, first-team all-state, All-American and Academic All-American.
"Gilbert's speed and athleticism continue to help propel the Lakers to success," said Lake Oswego coach Lauren Anderson. "Katy is one of the hardest workers off the field, digging deep to improve her game in the offseason.
"(She) really came in to her own this season, taking control at both ends of the field and leading the team in goals and assists, and … also crushing the competition as one of our leaders on 'D.'"
Freeman, Ziegler, Hamper and Mullen were also named first-team all-state, Ziegler won a spot on the Academic All-America team in 2019, and Laker coach Lauren Anderson was named TRL Coach of the Year.
Freeman overcame nagging injuries to finish as her team's second-leading scorer and a player who clearly flourished in the Lakers' biggest games.
"(Freeman) had a bit of a rough season … but that didn't stop her from being our second leading goal-scorer and a big contributor on attack," Anderson said. "And when needed, she was especially fierce. No one is more passionate about the team and her teammates, or more thoughtful in her approach to challenges on the field."
Ziegler, meanwhile got it done on the draw control and everywhere else in 2019.
"Zoe is, by far, the LO player who improved the most from her sophomore to junior season," Anderson said. "She owned the draw this season (and) no one worked harder doing all the little things, on 'D,' creating space for others and scrapping after ground balls."
Hamper and Mullen did their thing on defense, helping the Lakers limit opponents to just more than seven goals per game in 2019.
"Hamper … found her home at the end of the season on 'D.' … Taylor is a great communicator and teammate as part of the 'D' squad, and as one of our captains, was a strong leader," Anderson said, adding that Mullen — a four-year starter on defense — was "once again the anchor of our defense this season. She was a great leader for us on the field … a huge part of our transition game and contributed when needed on attack. She is a force to be reckoned with."
Also honored for Lake Oswego were second-team selections Rylee Sutherland (a senior attack) and Taylor Anders (a senior defender).
Lakeridge, meanwhile, saw three players win spots on the all-TRL second team, senior goalie Averi Basso (161 saves, a save percentage of 48.5% and a goals against average of 10.69), senior midfielder Marie Hartfield (26 goals, 12 assists, 15 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and 44 draw controls won) and senior attack Siena Davies (49 goals, nine assists, 25 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and 20 draw controls won).
Davies, who will play next year at Cal Berkeley, led her team in scoring and finished in the top six on her team in: shots (first), goals (first), shot percentage (third among players with more than one goal), assists (second), ground balls (fourth), caused turnovers (sixth) and draw controls (third).
"Siena (is a) great attacker with an ability to finish around goalies," said Lakeridge coach Sean Hansen, even though "she missed our last couple of games due to injury."
Basso and Hartfield were also integral to the Pacers' success — they won a berth in the OGLA state playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Jesuit in the first round.
"Averi (was an) active goalie that made incredible saves to keep us close in a lot of games," said Lakeridge coach Sean Hansen, adding that Hartfield had an "amazing handle and the ability to help our team in transition."
All-Three Rivers League
First Team: Attack — Katie Freeman, jr., Lake Oswego; Brooklyne Waddell, jr., Wilsonville; Ragen Finklea, sr., West Linn. Midfield — Katy Gilbert, sr., Lake Oswego; Claire Matthiessen, jr., West Linn; Zoe Ziegler, jr., Lake Oswego; Avery Lanz, fr., Wilsonville; Claire LeBlanc, sr., St. Mary's; Defense — McKinley Mullen, sr., Lake Oswego; Grace Winjum, jr., West Linn; Taylor Hamper, sr., Lake Oswego. Goalie — Riley Drullinger, sr., West Linn.
Player of the Year — Katy Gilbert, Lake Oswego
Coach of the Year — Lauren Anderson, Lake Oswego
Second Team: Attack — Rylee Sutherland, sr., Lake Oswego; Siena Davies, sr., Lakeridge; Kasey Hogan, sr., Oregon City. Midfield — Marie HartfieId, sr., Lakeridge; Anna Klose, sr., West Linn; Katie Kathan, jr., Oregon City; Grace Warner, sr., St. Mary's; McKenna Kelly, so., West Linn. Defense — Zoe Kleiner, jr., Oregon City; Ellie King, sr., Clackamas; Taylor Anders, sr., Lake Oswego. Goalie — Averi Basso, sr., Lakeridge.
(Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, West Linn selections only)
First Team: Attack — Katie Freeman, jr., Lake Oswego. Midfield —Katy Gilbert, sr., Lake Oswego; Zoe Ziegler, jr., Lake Oswego. Defense — Taylor Hamper, jr., Lake Oswego; McKinley Mullen, sr., Lake Oswego. Goalie — Riley Drullinger, sr., West Linn.
Second Team: Attack — Ragen Finklea, sr., West Linn. Midfield — Claire Matthiessen, jr., West Linn.
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