The Pacers were third in the TRL a year ago and reached the state quarterfinals.
Team: Lakeridge girls lacrosse
Coach: Danielle Kirby
Team Leaders: Senior midfielder and team captain Kendall Coyne (a first-team all-Three Rivers League and first-team all-state pick a year ago), senior midfielder and team captain Daragh O’Hare, junior attack and team captain Chase Spiekerman, sophomore midfielder Avery French.
Coyne “is just a force in the midfield,” said Lakeridge coach Danielle Kirby, whose Pacers were third in the TRL a year ago and reached the state quarterfinals. “Not only is she one of our strongest defenders and most consistent attackers, but she dominates the midfield.”
Coyne will be joined in the midfield by O’Hare and French, with Kirby noting that O’Hare “is a smart player who can take a defender (one on one) or score off of a cut. The underclassmen really look up to her creative level of play,” while French “is a quiet force to be reckoned with. She is very strong and present in the midfield and has very strong cuts followed by thoughtful shot placement.”
Spiekerman, meanwhile, “is one of the most talented attackers I’ve ever coached,” Kirby said, adding “She has a wicked crease roll and she can thread the ball better than anyone I’ve seen. She has an eye for the game.”
The Lineup: Attack —Junior Charlee Abbott, junior Charlotte Thompson, freshman Diana Manternach, Spiekerman. Midfield — Coyne, O’Hare, French. Defense —Senior Keelie O’Hollaren, senior Molly Bachman, freshman Ashlyn Weiler, freshman Olivia Olsen. Goalie — Freshman Grace Houlihan.
Also ready for varsity time are: Attack — Ava Hart, Elisabeth Aleu, Katlin Budden, Kori Krup. Midfield — Kaleigh Martin. Defense — Laure-Thuriane Riche, Brooklyn Carlson, Budden. Goalie — Ava McDowell.
Outlook: “Our team will definitely compete in the Three Rivers League this year,” Kirby said. “While we have some very tough competitors, we are going to compete and use those competitive games as learning opportunities to carry us into playoffs.”
League Race: “This year’s league title will be very competitive and the top contenders will be Lake Oswego, West Linn and us,” Kirby said. “While there have been many coaching changes and top players that graduated (from) last year, I know that this year is going to be fun and competitive.”
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