Lake Oswego girls lacrosse routs Oregon Episcopal 15-6 in OGLA semifinal
After two years of cancelations, lost championships and shortened seasons, the Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team was determined to get as much as possible out of 2022.
They proved it in spades in their OGLA state semifinal, routing Oregon Episcopal School 15-6 at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, May 31.
"I feel like the team played really well defensively. We really stepped it up," said Lake Oswego senior goalie Greta Brown, who made eight saves in the win over OES. "We've had a few setbacks in some games, but I think today we really gave it our all and we were all there and we played more as a team than we usually do."
"I think we were working as a team, which we've been missing a little bit, and connecting all our passes which was really key," said LO forward Rylee Winn, who finished with one assist, three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
"I think it was actually really beneficial in (the second) half to show our composure, know that we can handle the hard defense when they're out on us," added senior Kate Anders, who led all scorers with seven goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover. "I just think that the second half showed everyone that we can finish out a game and we're going to finish strong."
With the win, the team's 15th straight, top-seeded Lake Oswego improved to 15-4 overall after winning the Three Rivers League. Next up, the Lakers will square off against second-seeded Metro League champion Jesuit (16-0 overall) in the state championship game at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Pioneer Memorial Stadium.
"I think for us to come out on top on Friday, it's working together as we have for the past couple of games," Anders said. "… And then I think (the key is) just really trusting each other and letting each other calm each other's nerves because it is a nerve-racking game."
"I think the key for us in this last game is communicating, because sometimes we struggle with that, but when we do it well, we play our best," Brown said. "And I also think just coming on the field with a positive mindset and having that energy from the get-go."
No. 4 OES, meanwhile, saw its six-game winning streak snapped and finished its season at 11-7 overall after tying for first place in the Portland League.
In their semifinal, Anders and OES' Hollis Hale traded early goals, but after that, Lake Oswego absolutely dominated. Over a span of 18 minutes, the Lakers ripped off 10 unanswered goals to push their lead to 11-1.
Hannah Conte started that run with a cut to the goal assisted by Courtney Havel. Edie Prager came through next, attacking on the left edge of the goal to score. Anders then connected three straight times in a span of 6:32, hitting a short overhand shot assisted by Prager, cutting to the goal from the left side and connecting off a Winn pass, then making steal and scoring on a breakaway for a 6-1 lead.
Over the next eight minutes, Lila Turley hit from short range off a Winn pass, and Anders and Havel connected twice each to extend the LO lead to 11-1 with 1:55 to go in the half. OES' Anne Hendrickson added her team's second goal with 30 seconds to go before the half to leave the Lakers' lead at 11-2.
The two teams tied 4-4 over the course of the second half, but the Aardvarks never got closer than eight goalsâ€š at 12-4 when Amelia Ulmer bounced home a low shot 9:40 into the period.
Prager scored twice in the second half for LO, while Turley and Anders added their team's other scores.
Ulmer had three of her team's second-half scores, while Ellie Johnson added the other.
For the game, Prager finished with three goals, three assists and one caused turnover, Turley scored twice and won 10 draw controls, and Havel added two scores, one assist and one ground ball.
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