Girls Lacrosse advances to State for second straight year

The West Linn Lions girls lacrosse team defeated the Sunset Apollos 8-6 in what head coach Meg Elston called, “a head case game,” when talking with the press afterward. The Lions, ranked number one in the tournament, controlled the pace of the game in the second half. Mariah Gatti, junior, scored three goals in the second half to propel West Linn to the state championship game.

The Lake Oswego Lakers won 15-7 over the Wilsonville Wildcats and advance to their second straight title game as well. The stakes at this year’s championship game are even higher due to the rivalry between West Linn and Lake Oswego.

The Lions have won 15 consecutive games and their last loss was against the Lakers in early April.

“We have to go into this game with the mindset that Lake Oswego isn’t the better team. In the past this has been a mental block for us,” Tara Sonnemaker, senior and team captain, said.

West Linn will battle Lake Oswego tomorrow night at Hillsboro Stadium at 7 p.m.

“If you look at the stats statewide we don’t stand out. This is because we can all carry the weight,” Sonnemaker said. “We are finally the team we needed to be last year.”