Lake Oswego girls lacrosse races past St. Mary's 13-3
There's no doubt about it, the action was hot during the Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team's Wednesday, May 12, game against St. Mary's.
So hot, in fact, that one of the night's officials couldn't continue after the first half and the game was stopped at halftime with the Lakers leading 13-3 at Lake Oswego High School.
"It's really fun being out here with the team, especially with the short season," said Olivia Hanson, the team's lone senior. "Especially being at home with the nice weather, I think we played really well for the short 25 minutes."
"I think we did well, moved the ball well in in transition," said Laker junior Kate Anders, who finished with three goals, two ground balls and one assist. "Our shot selection was not quite where we wanted it, but I think for the most part, we did really well."
With the win — the Lakers' third straight — Lake Oswego improved to 6-3 overall and 6-3 against Three Rivers League opponents. The Blues, meanwhile, lost for the eighth straight time and fell to 1-8 overall and 0-8 against TRL foes.
The Lakers showed their determination to take control right from the opening draw — won by LO's Edie Prager — and scored the game's first goal in just 21 seconds, with Reilly Mullen connecting on the run for a 1-0 lead.
Lake Oswego kept its foot on the accelerator over the next 10 minutes, too, adding another five unanswered goals to push ahead of St. Mary's 6-0. Mullen made it 2-0 when she scored on a cut assisted by Anders, Anders connected on a free-position shot following a Blues penalty, Hannah Conte made it four straight when she scored on a break assisted by Courtney Havel, Gabby Crist hit on a free-position shot and Havel extended her team's lead to 6-0 after scooping up a ground ball and scoring at the right side of the St. Mary's goal with 14:35 to go in the half.
"We definitely started clicking a couple minutes into the game," Hanson said. "It was definitely fun once we got out here."
To their credit, the Blues rallied over the next two minutes, getting back-to-back goals by Jada Shavers and Annie Lefever to close within 6-2 with 12:04 to go in the half. Shavers hit from point-blank range on the right side for her team's first score and Lefever came through just 30 seconds later on an angled run to the right side.
The Lakers, however, were having none of it. They came back with seven of the game's next eight goals to extend their lead to 13-3 and essentially secure the victory. That stretch started with four straight goals — from Lauren Smith, Anders, Havel and Prager — before the Blues scored again.
St. Mary's final goal came when Lefever hit on the run with 4:56 to go in the half, but LO responded with three goals in the remaining minutes, those from Anders, Prager and Havel for the eventual 13-3 margin of victory.
"We found the right people, hit the right cuts and I think, overall, our defense was good as well," Anders said. "We talked a lot and I just think that we're growing each game."
For Hanson, who's seeing her pandemic-shortened senior season near its end — that after losing the entire 2020 spring season to COVID-19 — just playing again with her friends and teammates is a huge deal.
"Back in the preseason, there were no promises of an actual season so I didn't really go in with any expectations because I didn't want to get my hopes crushed," she said. "We all came in with a positive mindset this season, even with a smaller team, but it's still just as fun."
For the game, Havel finished with three goals, two assists and one ground ball, Prager scored twice and added one assist and one ground ball, and Mullen finished with two goals and one ground ball.
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