Tigers bow out in second round at state
OREGON CITY — The Newberg girls lacrosse team ran into a familiar road block last week, falling 17-8 to Oregon City on Friday night in an OGLA Silver Bracket second-round playoff game.
The Tigers were coming off a 16-6 opening round victory over Sisters at home May 15 that saw Josie Duey, Gracie Anderson and Hannah Huchette combine for 10 goals.
NHS coach Terry Paskett rested many of his starters in the second half in anticipation of a much-tougher opponent Friday night and so as to get many of his reserves some playoff experience.
"They just didn't have enough stick skills to keep up with us," Paskett said of Sisters. "It was a good game and we had a good turnout."
Newberg, however, has had a bit of a mental block when it comes to some of the more established programs in the state and Friday night was no exception.
"I think they get in their mind with teams like Oregon City and Lakeridge, just because we've never beat them, that they think we can't beat them," Paskett said. "We got down 3-0, but then came right back."
The Tigers (9-11) rallied for three goals to make it 4-3, but a flurry of goals at the end of the half pushed the Pioneers ahead 8-4 at the break.
Newberg hung tough early in the second half, keeping Oregon City off the board long enough to pull within one goal at 8-7.
Paskett said his team has also struggled with yellow cards this season and were undone by back-to-back penalties. The Pioneers led 10-7 at that point, but rattled off four straight goals to put the game away.
"That's hard to compensate for when you're giving up three or four goals when you're a man down," Paskett said. "I wouldn't say they're better than us, but that night they definitely were better than us."
Huchette scored four goals and Isabella Osborn added three to lead the offense in the loss.
Despite the departure of five seniors — Duey, Sydney Thatch, Miranda Piros and Daisy Vande Brake — Paskett said he believes the team has a bright future thanks to a strong core of returners and an big class of incoming freshmen.
"The freshmen team is undefeated, this year," Paskett said. "They're rolling over teams left and right. If they keep playing the way they are, they should be able to come in there and fill their shoes pretty well."
St. Paul 7, Santiam 0 – The No. 9 Bucks extended their streak of consecutive shutouts to four games May 15 in the regular season-finale. The Bucks last gave up a run in a 16-6 loss to Western Mennonite on May 3 and enter Wednesday's road playoff game at No. 8 Monroe (19-7) with the fourth-best defense in the state at the 2A/1A level, having surrendered just 60 runs this season. With a win, St. Paul (15-3, 11-3 SD2) would likely advance to face No. 1 Knappa (20-0) Friday.
Newberg 18, Forest Grove 4 – Zak Hensley scored five goals and Austin Kosmicki added four in a first-round playoff victory at home Monday night. The Tigers (9-10), who are seeded third in the Cascade Cup, will host West Albany (10-7) Thursday with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
Newberg 53, David Douglas 20 – The Tigers cruised to victory Saturday at Western Oregon University to claim third place in the Rugby Oregon Girls Varsity Division.