The youthful Pioneers meet their match in the quarterfinals
Oregon City's youthful girls lacrosse team did themselves proud in the 2014 state playoffs, defeating Southridge 13-8 in a May 14 game in Oregon City, before losing to defending state champion West Linn 17-2 in last Friday's quarterfinals.
The Pioneers finished the year with a 12-6 record, with three of the losses coming at the hands of top-ranked West Linn.
I am so proud of this young team for making it all the way to the state quarterfinals, said Oregon City coach Dara Kramer. We'll return all but two of our players next year. Taylor (Bass) and Cassie (Downing) will be greatly missed. But having a continuing core together for the next two years is very exciting for the future of Oregon City girls lacrosse!
Downing and sophomore midfielder Lindsi Peters scored three goals each to lead a balanced attack in last week's state playoff game with Southridge. Bass had two goals and three assists; Kimberly Peitz and Rachel Tacha both scored two goals; sophomore Jennifer Burke added a single tally.
Oregon City keeper Gabby Amendolara made 10 saves.
Taylor and Cassie had outstanding performances, said Kramer. Taylor was two for two with her strong shots and she added three assists, while Cassie's speed, shot-timing, and draw controls dominated our midfield play.
Kramer said of Peters and Burke, When you look at their stats, they're among the top players in the TRL for draw controls, ground balls, and caused turnovers, in addition to all the goals they've been scoring.
Freshman Kimberly Peitz scored two exciting goals off of fast breaks [in the Southridge game], Kramer said. I'm really looking forward to seeing her become a major impact player over the next three years.
Junior defender Monica Curtis had some game-changing caused turnover and ground balls that really kept the momentum from swinging toward Southridge whenever they were getting close."