The Roseburg High girls lacrosse team had over a month of practice before its season opener Thursday and the Indians turned in a dominant performance against West Albany.
Ten different players scored goals as Roseburg took a 12-0 halftime lead and finished with a 22-1 South League victory at Fremont Middle School.
“We were definitely ready to get the season started and I think we came out and rocked it,” said senior Kalina Larecy, who contributed two goals and one assist. “We still have a lot of things we need to work on and were slow getting started, but it was a good warmup game for the harder games later to come.”
Senior Jaclyn Humphry led the Indians, who shared the South regular season title with Sheldon last year, with six goals and one assist. Harlie Johnson and Madeleine West each had three goals and two assists, and Bre Larson chipped in three goals and one assist.
Also scoring goals were Erika Fischer, Debra Massey, Camilla Ball, Natalie DeBell and Brittany Eggers. DeBell made two assists and Massey one.
“The girls were excited to get the first game under their belt, and I thought they showed that practice was useful,” said Roseburg second-year coach Savannah McClendon. “Everybody came out and did what they were supposed to. Even at halftime when I told them there were some corrections that needed to be made, they did and that’s something I’m proud of.”
West Albany, also playing its league opener, dropped to 0-3 on the season.
The Indians play most of their home games on the FieldTurf at Finlay Field, but Thursday’s contest was moved to Fremont since the track and field team has priority at the high school.
“It was fun … it takes a lot more work (on grass), but we had a lot of people come out and support us,” Larecy said. “It’s harder to get groundballs, but we accept the challenge.”
“It’s completely different on grass,” McClendon said. “The groundballs are different, the running is different. Getting a little bit of practice time on this field before the game really helped us.”
The coach was pleased to see that many players get into the scoring column.
“From the freshmen and sophomores to the seniors, we have lots of shooters,” McClendon said.
The Indians will host Crescent Valley of Corvallis Tuesday night at Finlay Field in a league counter. Roseburg meets Corvallis at home on April 11.