The Crusaders use a big start to beat the Pacers in non-league play on Thursday

REVIEW PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge's Marie Hartfield turns upfield after making a steal during her team's 18-10 home loss to Jesuit on Thursday night.Thursday's Jesuit at Lakeridge girls lacrosse contest was a game of streaks.

The Crusaders sprinted out to a nine-goal lead in the first half, and pushed its lead to 12 in the second half — only to see the Pacers answer with streaks of their own in each half.

By the time the game had ended, however, Jesuit's runs had started earlier, lasted longer and led to their 18-10 non-league victory at Lakeridge High School.

Despite the loss, the Pacers said they were proud of their efforts and learned lessons that would serve them well in the ongoing Three Rivers League season.

"Yeah, I think these games really help us get better as a team because if we win by a lot, that's not really helping us get better, so I think this game is going to help us mentally and I think that's always good thing," said junior attack/midfielder Siena Davies, who led her team with three goals despite constant double-teams by the Jesuit defense.

"I think from this game we learned that we need to get back on transitions when we're playing a team like Jesuit," added freshman attack/midfielder Aiden McCulloch, who added two goals in the contest. "And our defense really showed up. We had a lot of stops and (junior goalie Averi Basso) played awesome in goal."

With the loss — the Pacers' second straight — Lakeridge fell to 2-5 overall (the Pacers are also 1-1 in TRL play). Jesuit — led by four goals each from Grace Lee and Ella Smith — won for the second straight time and improved to 2-1 on the season.

The Crusaders started Friday's game on an absolute roll, scoring their first goal — a short shot by Margaux Rajotte assisted by Lee — just 2 minutes, 5 seconds into the contest and accelerating after that.

Lee notched her first score following a penalty, teammate Sydney Landauer connected on a breakaway and Lee made a steal and scored for a 4-0 Jesuit lead. McCulloch stopped the bleeding momentarily when she scored on the left side of the Crusader goal 8:25 into the game, but Jesuit answered big-time.

Over the next 5:40, the Crusaders ripped off six straight goals to boost their lead to 10-1, that stretch including scores from Rajotte, Smith, Sara Noteboom, Smith (twice), and finally, Piper Ahn to give Jesuit a 10-1 lead with 9:41 remaining in the half.

But to their great credit, the Pacers did not fold. Instead, they rallied in the remaining minutes of the half, starting with a stretch of four goals in just over four minutes to cut their deficit to 11-5.

Lakeridge started that run when Marie Hartfield won the draw control following Ahn's score, raced downfield and set up teammate Abby Beckley for an overhand shot that snapped a scoreless streak of 6:04.

Lakeridge's Haley Brisbee came through next, taking a pass from McCulloch and connecting from five yards out less than a minute after Beckley. And then, following a Pacer steal, McCulloch made it three straight when she took a pass from Natalie Goldberg and scored from the left side to make it 10-4 with 7:14 left in the half.

Jesuit and Lakeridge traded goals after that — the Pacers' score coming from Davies — but the Crusaders ended the half with three goals in the final 1:08 to lead 14-5 at the break.

Jesuit slowed the pace in the second half, but kept the pressure on nonetheless, and put together a 4-1 edge over the first 13:31 of the half to extend its lead to 18-6.

Lakeridge showed its resilience again, however, closing the contest with a four-goal streak over the final 3:09 of the game, getting scores from Jane Pearson, Beckley, Hartfield and Davies, with Davies rebounding a Hartfield miss and slinging it past Jesuit goalie Nina Mahler in the game's final second.

"I think we were getting the draws and we were having possession as a team, we were working together through our plays and we were doing what we worked on in practice and it really showed when we had those moments," McCulloch said. "When we get the ball, we can score."

"I think it's really important to play as a team no matter what sport it is, so I think we did really well in parts of the game today and I think it's going to carry into next week," Davies added.

Next up, the Pacers play at Lake Oswego at 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Oregon City at 8 p.m. April 12 and host Wilsonville at 7 p.m. April 16.

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