Lake Oswego girls lacrosse going big again in 2018
The resume could not be stronger.
The history could not be deeper.
The goals could not be higher.
"We schedule a very tough preseason to make sure the girls have a sense of urgency and really push themselves right from day one of the season," said Lake Oswego coach Lauren Anderson, whose Lakers have won three of the past five state crowns and five of the past seven. "The team is working hard and what I love about them is they are selfless. It is team above self and everyone really is committed to that."
While the team must deal with the loss of graduated seniors Lauren Gilbert (the 2017 Oregon Player of the Year, now at Northwestern) and Riley Hertford (now at USC), there's plenty of talent back, led by senior midfielder and team captain Carlie Leach (she was first-team all-TRL and first-team all-state), junior defender Taylor Anders (first-team all-TRL and first-team all-state), sophomore attack Katie Freeman (first-team all-TRL and second-team all-state), junior attack Katy Gilbert (first-team all-TRL) and junior midfielder and team captain Rowan Anderson (second-team all-TRL).
Leach and Rowan Anderson "both are multi-sport athletes, and since they have been on the team for four years, (they are an) excellent representation of the culture as well as two terrific players," Lauren Anderson said, adding that Freeman "has come back to us with a very well-rounded game, is strong and fast and I believe is a player to watch going forward. She has the makings of a very impactful D1 player."
The team also returns senior defender Lucy Stout after she earned second-team all-league honors a year ago, and adds three strong transfers — sophomore Zoe Zigler from St. Mary's, junior Taylor Hamper from Jesuit and junior Rylee Sutherland from Wilson.
"They are fitting in nicely and have been a nice addition to the team," Lauren Anderson said, adding that "Katy Gilbert is a force for us in midfield and attack."
Junior McKinley Mullen will join Anders and Stout on defense, while new goalie Lizzie Waddell (she replaces Hertford) "had some big shoe to fill and she is doing a great job."
Also ready for varsity time this year are senior Claire Bergevin, senior Garland Horwitz, sophomore Peyton Ivey, sophomore Taylor Jones, junior Madelyn Manske, junior Maggie Stathis.
Needless to say, goals are sky-high once again for the Lakers, but still seem within reach — the team has opened the 2018 season with a 7-0 overall record and the No. 3 ranking in the west.
"I expect (Wilsonville) to be the competition for us this year — they have some strong players, but this early in the season, I'm not sure they have it pulled together yet," Lauren Anderson added. "(It will probably be) West Linn after that. There are a bunch of new coaches in the league so it should be exciting."