On the road, lax girls build momentum

A key road win Tuesday at St. Mary’s bumps the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team into a tie for third place in the Portland League. With a week left in the regular season, the 9-5 victory was a big step forward in the Eagles’ quest for a state berth; the top four in the league advance to state and Hood River is in a fight for the final slot against Lincoln and St. Mary’s. Oregon Episcopal School remains undefeated in the league and Wilson is holding strong in the No. 2 position with only one loss (vs. OES).

Kristen Lago upped her season scoring total to 39 with four goals in the game. Averaging four goals per game this season, Andrea Iobst had a hat trick and Lydia McElderry had two goals. Defensively, Christina Silva was solid in the goal with 13 saves to keep St. Mary’s at bay and shut down the opposition’s top scorers.

“The defense, led by Christina Silva in the goal and Emmy McPherson on the field, deserve a lot of the credit for the win,” assistant coach Andrew McElderry commented. “They effectively shut down St. Mary’s offense. Kristen Lago has become the solid foundation for hood River’s offense although I would also say that the depth at midfield this year has been incredible. Everyone is having a strong impact on the team’s success.”

With two games remaining in the regular season, the team will have to carry momentum from the win into next week, when it travels to Grant May 7 and hosts Lincoln in a must-win final game May 8. The girls hosted the 11-0 OES squad Friday evening but results were not available as of press time.

“Tuesday was a crucial game for us to win, and the girls stepped-up to the challenge,” coach Erin Curry said. “We needed this win to help us take some momentum and confidence into our last week of games.”

In girls’ junior varsity action, the HRV squad is second in Portland League standings with a 7-2-1 record. Sascha Bockius leads the team with 21 goals on the season, followed by Savanna Brentlinger with 15, Bailey Murahashi with 13 and Althea Dillon with 12.

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