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Tigers battle with visiting Pacers, ultimately winning 10-9 for first ever victory over Lakeridge with last-second win

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Newberg defeated Lakeridge in girls lacrosse for the first time ever on Friday, April 1.

When Newberg's Moira Turpen put the ball into the net for the Tiger's 10th and final goal, it was a big moment for the program. With just 3.8 seconds left on the clock, Newberg wrapped up its first-ever victory over the Lakeridge Pacers, defeating Lakeridge 10-9 on Friday.

The exclamation that the Tigers let out after the game persisted as the team was putting away the equipment and the fans exited the stadium. It was clear this was a big moment.

"I was having a heart attack," Newberg coach Mikaela Easterlin said after the game. "But we have never beaten Lakeridge before so that makes this even sweeter. I feel great. I'm so hyped. They played a really good game; we were really calm and composed when it mattered."

The team was anchored by freshman goalkeeper Lauren Salvey, who as of Thursday, March 31, was in the ER with mysterious abdominal pains. But the goalie was discharged from the emergency room and ready to play with a few hours to go before the game.

"I had talked to the coach about it and she said that I would most likely be starting," Salvey said. "There wasn't really a question."

Offensively, the team was led by the duo of Moira Turpen and Alli Stilp, who scored four goals apiece. The two other goals Newberg scored on the night were courtesy of Olivia Lawson and Jasmine Williams.

The contributions of Turpen, Stilp, Lawson and Williams were a part of a larger offense that Easterlin was happy to see firing on all cylinders.

"They're important, they're definitely playmakers," Easterlin said of Turpen and Stilp, "but we have a lot of people. We have Naomi Rauch, Natali Brammer, who are key parts of keeping defenses distracted and getting more of the passes. We definitely have a full offense that everyone can be a part of and is a part of. That's what I appreciate with our team is we really don't have any gaps."

The final two and a half minutes were back and forth. With 2:30 remaining Newberg led 8-7 and staved off a Pacer shot on goal thanks to the defense of Salvey in the net. But Lakeridge's Chase Spiekerman scored back-to-back goals at the 1:08 mark and 43-second mark to give the Pacers a 9-8 lead. That was when Turpen took over.

Newberg's finest raced down the field to score the tying goal with 25.2 seconds left in the game and, with just five seconds on the clock, Turpen was given a free shot at the net. Nothing materialized with that look, but another free shot was given and Turpen capitalized, scoring the winning goal with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.

The win allowed the team to bounce back from a 15-4 loss to West Linn on March 16. Newberg's (1-1) next contest will be against Forest Grove on Monday (results unavailable at press time).

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