West Linn bounces back from its lone 2023 loss in fine fashion on Thursday.
The West Linn girls lacrosse team knows it’s not a finished product.
But the Lions — coming off a competitive loss to talented Grant — know they have potential, too, and they proved it in their 2023 Three Rivers League opener, routing Oregon City 13-1 in frosty early-season temperatures in the Battle of the Bridge at Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City on Thursday, March 23.
“I think the defense was doing great. I think the communication was there, especially in the second half,” said West Linn’s Brooklyn Schiele, who finished with three goals and two assists in her team’s win. “And I think our offense is always just working together, always communicating.”
“We’re just trying to work on our offense and having a super fast flow, and on the draw, we’re just absolutely killing it,” said Lion Ella McKay, who had two goals, four ground balls and one caused turnover in the win. “We’re just working hard together as a team.”
“I think our team is really working to get in front, and first possession is really important for our team,” added WL’s Reese Wasmund, who dominated the draw control against Oregon City. “We’ve been working really hard on those ground balls. Possession is the most important part of the game.”
With the win, the Lions snapped their one-game losing streak, improved to 1-0 in the Three Rivers League and 3-1 overall. Next up, West Linn will host St. Mary’s in TRL action at West Linn High School at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.
Oregon City, meanwhile, lost for the second straight time and fell to 0-2 in TRL action and 2-2 overall. The Pioneers’ lone goal against West Linn came from Adalyn Murray with 4 minutes, 35 seconds left in the second half.
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The Lions dominated the first half of Thursday’s contest, scoring five times in the game’s first 10 minutes to lead 5-0, then adding another seven scores in the final 13:11 of the half to pile up a commanding 12-0 lead at halftime.
Schiele got things started with an overhand shot 1:38 into the contest, Morgan Adams scored 3:40 later, Wasmund connected next, McKay made a steal and score, and Schiele took a pass from Leia Gallo and scored again for that 5-0 lead.
From there, McKay scored on a cut assisted by Audrey Jacklyn, Eva Murray hit twice in just 39 seconds (first on a free position shot, then after a steal deep in the OC end of the field), Lauren Kamali connected on a cut set up by Kaia Kadel, Schiele took a Kamali pass and hit to make it 10-0, Wasmund picked up a ground ball and scored on a long break, and finally, Gallo took a Schiele assist to push her team’s lead to 12-0 with 3:32 remaining in the half.
West Linn shut its offense down for most of the second half, its lone goal coming when Kamali hit from short range with 6:08 left in the contest. Oregon City, meanwhile, notched its lone goal when Murray hit a short-range overhand shot with 4:35 left to play.
“I think our team is baselined off communication and friendship and family,” Schiele said. “The more we work together, the more chances we have. It’s not a one-person game, it’s the whole team and I think that’s what’s going to help us most.”
“All of our players are very consistent and they’ve all been working hard in the offseason,” McKay said. “It’s definitely been translating on the field so we’re super proud of each other.”
“There was a lot of effort, a lot of communication,” Wasmund added. “Our communication lacked at the beginning (of the season), but we’ve been picking it up, especially on defense.”
Murray and Kamali added two goals each in the win, while Lion goalie Lily Campbell finished with five saves and one ground ball.
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