Lake Oswego girls lacrosse falls to Jesuit 13-12 in controversial state title game
Everyone knew that the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state championship game was going to be a battle.
But no one could have guessed just how close the contest — held Thursday, May 23 at Lake Oswego High School — between three-time defending state champion Lake Oswego and Jesuit would eventually turn out to be.
The Lakers entered the championship as Three Rivers League champions, winners of eight straight games and the past three state titles.
Metro League champion Jesuit, meanwhile, came in with a six-game winning streak and a burning desire to avenge last year's championship-game loss to the Lakers.
Jesuit's girls started fast on Thursday, withstood the Lakers' initial attempts to rally and led by four goals with just over 10 minutes to play.
Lake Oswego, however, didn't fold.
The Lakers cut the Crusader lead to a single goal with 1:16 to play, forced a late turnover and took possession with 16 seconds remaining on the game clock.
From there, Lake Oswego's Taylor Jones ran the ball out of the Jesuit end of the field and passed it to teammate Katie Freeman near the left sideline.
Freeman ran another 10 yards upfield, then made a long diagonal pass to teammate Peyton Ivey in the middle of the field 38 yards away from the Jesuit goal.
Ivey made a leaping stab at the pass while pressured by a Jesuit defender, but couldn't catch it cleanly and the ball bounced free in the middle of the field.
Lake Oswego's Katie Gilbert scooped it up at a dead run, spun away from a defender, took it another 10 yards ahead, then passed to Rylee Sutherland on the left wing 12 yards away from the Jesuit goal.
Sutherland angled her way toward the Crusader goal at a full sprint and beat Jesuit goalie Nina Mahler to the top right corner of the goal as time expired.
Sutherland's follow through and momentum carried her past the left side of the Jesuit goal, where she fell, skidded to the turf, lost her stick and was almost immediately mobbed by teammates who assumed the game was headed to overtime.
Instead, however, game officials huddled together to confer about Sutherland's shot, and two minutes later, waived it off, ruling that the goal had come after the game clock expired, giving Jesuit the 13-12 victory and its first-ever state championship.
While it's unclear whether the official game clock at Lake Oswego High School was synchronized with the clock on the Oregon SportsBeat live stream, a screenshot from the live stream shows two seconds still remaining on the clock as Sutherland's final shot goes over Mahler's head.
Oregon SportsBeat provided the official live stream of the championship game, a feature that visitors could link to from the front page of the OGLA website.
Lake Oswego finished its season at 18-4 overall, while Jesuit ended its year at 16-5.
Check back here to see the complete championship game story later or see it in the May 30 print edition of the Lake Oswego Review.
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