While Lake Oswego's Katy Gilbert didn't get everything she wanted from her senior lacrosse season, she came really, really close.
Gilbert, 18 and a graduated senior from Lake Oswego High School, led the Lakers to a Three Rivers League title, and later, a berth in the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state championship game.
She was named Three Rivers League Player of the Year, OGLA Player of the Year, first-team all-state, All-American and Academic All-American. And last week, the Oregon Sports Awards presented Gilbert with its Prep Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year award.
"I was very proud to represent Oregon girls lacrosse and I was honored to be chosen to receive this award," Gilbert said. "It felt good to know that all of the hard work I put in on my own paid off and it is a big compliment as there is good talent all across the state."
During her senior campaign, Gilbert was virtually unstoppable from her midfield position with the Lakers. She led her team with 55 goals on 88 shots, led LO with 36 assists, was third in ground balls (34), second in caused turnovers (19) and second in draw controls won (65).
Gilbert said that her incredible success in 2019 came as a result of her increased focus on lacrosse (she also played varsity basketball) as well work on her stick skills.
"I think one of my best assets is my speed ... I like to play as fast as I can," Gilbert said in an interview with Brian Noe of Northwest Rip City Radio 620. "I think that's probably the best way to describe my style — I play fast."
Along the way, she led Lake Oswego to a TRL championship with a 12-1 record, and eventually, an 18-4 overall mark.
Now, Gilbert can set her sights on her lacrosse future, a future that will start with a year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, then continue as a member of the women's lacrosse team at Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school in New Hampshire.
"My focus (to lacrosse) shifted last summer when I decided to go to Dartmouth lacrosse camp," Gilbert said. "I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would be good enough to compete at that level, but I really enjoyed the camp and became very passionate about the school."
Gilbert, whose parents Jerry and Christina both attended Dartmouth and played sports (Jerry football and Christina field hockey), said that she'll take a variety of classes at Deerfield to explore her interests, then will likely study psychology and communications at Dartmouth.
"When I was recruited, because I was recruited kind of late for lacrosse, they told me I would have to fill in a year before I go and (Deerfield) just sounded like a great option for me," she said on the Noe Show. "Two of my cousins who live on the east coast went there so that's kind of how I found out about it. One of them played lacrosse there and one of them was a rower (and) they both had really great experiences."
As to the part of her senior season that didn't go well, it all came down to the OGLA state championship game against Jesuit at Lake Oswego High School on May 23. In that game, Lake Oswego rallied from four goals down in the final 8 minutes, 37 seconds of the second half, cut Jesuit's lead to a single score with 1:16 to play, then forced a turnover with 16 seconds remaining on the clock.
From there, the Lakers sped downfield, with Gilbert eventually passing to junior teammate Rylee Sutherland on the left wing. Sutherland took Gilbert's pass, raced toward the Jesuit goal and scored to tie the game as regulation time expired.
Or so the Lakers thought.
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.
"Though it was a frustrating way to end high school lacrosse, it's in the past and I hope that OGLA has learned from (its) mistake," Gilbert said, referring to the end-of-game controversy.
On the plus side, it's about the only thing that didn't go perfectly in Gilbert's final year.
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