The Wildcats defeated Clackamas 16-6 on Monday, Mar. 20, a strong start for the season

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Senior captain Kacy Shrock charges down the field against the Clackamas Cavaliers. Wilsonville defeated the visiting team 16-6 on Mar. 19. Wilsonville—A second game, a second, even more convincing win for the Wildcats. Wilsonville's girls' lacrosse team picked up its second win in as many outings with a 16-6 drubbing of the visiting Clackamas Cavaliers on Monday, Mar. 20.

It was a solid win for the Wildcats, who were in control from the very start. The first half concluded with the home team up 8-2, and the difference between teams was only exacerbated in the second half. The action took place primarily on Clackamas's side of the field, and within one minute Wilsonville had added another goal. Junior Izabela Chimienti put in Wilsonville's ninth goal of the game at 24:28 of the second half. Chimienti had a solid outing, going 3-for-3 on shots from the field with 3 assists.

The scoring continued. After sophomore Kylie Hix' shot bounced off the crossbar, it was swept up by senior Alexa Erickson and put past the Clackamas goalie at the 17:27 mark of the second half, making it 10-2.

Erickson is one of three team captains for the Wildcats, and leads by example through her efforts on the field and off. Erickson was 2-for-7 on the night, and won five draw controls on top of it all.

"We expect our captains to model the behaviors that we're looking for in players," Monello said. "That's McKenzie Welberg, Alexa Erickson, and Kacy Shrock, they're our seniors. Leadership can come in all kinds of things, I always say. The right effort at the right time, sparking the right kind of motivation can change everything."

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Sophomore Brooklyne Waddell had a huge game for Wilsonvilles lacrosse team, scoring 5 of the teams 16 goals. Other athletes that had solid outings against Clackamas included sophomore Brooklyne Waddell who put away five goals with 71.4 accuracy; Welberg scored a pair of goals and had an assist as well. By the end of the night, the Wildcats had secured the W 16-6.

For the team to continue to be successful over the course of the season, they need to continue doing the things they did against Clackamas: moving the ball on offense and being supportive defensive teammates. They will need to improve in some areas though, according to Monello.

"My biggest concern was we often lost our composure in transitioning the ball from defense to offense," Monello said. "Against a really good team like a Lake Oswego or whatever, that will often result in a lot of turnovers and the ball coming against your goalie without a lot of defense."

In the Three Rivers League, it will be an uphill battle against heavy hitters Lake Oswego and Jesuit, but Monello is confident in his team can play cohesively en route to a post season run.

"You saw elements of good, unselfish play," Monello said. "Lots of assists and that sort of thing. Supporting each other on defense, trying to figure out how to do excellent double teams in the midfield, really play a complete full field game in every aspect with players supporting each other. That's probably a key goal and being good to each other out on the field."

Wilsonville (2-0) squares off against Lake Oswego (2-0) on Wednesday, Mar. 21.

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