Laker rally comes up just short against West Linn
Lake Oswego drops its first game of the year to the defending state champs
The Lake Oswego girls lacrosse team ran out of time in its bid to get some revenge against the defending state champions from West Linn Monday.
After falling behind early, the Lakers rallied back impressively in the second half but couldn't complete the comeback in a competitive 15-11 loss.
The rivalry between the two teams has been the best in the state over the past two seasons and the pair could very well meet in the state title game for the third straight year.
West Linn started the game with energy and intensity, pressuring the Lakers all over the field. It was an up-tempo game from start to finish with both teams looking to transition quickly from defense to offense.
Lake Oswego hung with West Linn early in the opening half as the teams traded goals but the Lions started to pull away in the final 10 minutes before the break.
Natalie Byrne proved to be a difficult match-up for the Lakers again as the powerful sophomore rattled off four of her game-high nine goals late in the half to give West Linn a 10-4 lead.
However, Lake Oswego wasn't finished.
The Lakers were relentless on ground balls in the game, winning that statistic 14-4 and they started to get a bit more possession in the second half.
Lake Oswego was hurt on draws though as West Linn's talented midfielders won 20 of 27 in the game.
Both teams relied heavily on their stars with the Lions getting all of their goals from midfields, Byrne, Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford.
For Lake Oswego, Lexi Cheetham had a standout game, leading the team with six ground balls and four goals.
Lilly Newman also tallied four goals as the Lakers steadily chipped away against the Lions.
Lake Oswego, having faced some very strong competition already this year, appeared to wear West Linn down a bit in the second half, forcing the Lions into time-outs.
But the Lions were able to fend off Lake Oswego's last run, staying aggressive and continuing to put the ball in the net.
Remarkably, it was Lake Oswego's first loss on its home field since 2011.
Kate Hearon had a strong game defensively for the Lakers, coming up with four ground balls. Lake Oswego travels to St. Mary's tonight (Thursday) for a game at 6 p.m.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT