The Roseburg High girls lacrosse team is returning a group of eight seniors who are focused on improving on last season’s finish.
Their season came to an end with a second-round loss to Oregon City in the OGLA playoffs following a co-Southern Division championship.
“I know my group of seniors are really determined to go all the way this year,” Savannah McClendon, who’s entering her second season as the Indians’ head coach, said. “Roseburg has never made it past the second round of the playoffs and they’re determined to beat that record.”
Leading the way for the Tribe, who finished with a 12-3 record last season, will be two four-year seniors — Jaclyn Humphry and Harlie Johnson.
“Jaclyn (Humphry) has been good since her freshman year. She has the right mindset and she is a natural and a true athlete. That means with her speed, to her life outside of lacrosse and her stick handling skills,” McClendon said. “Everything she does is pretty much perfection.”
Humphry was a first-team all-league selection at her midfield position, and Johnson made second-team all-league. The two combined for a 7.59 points per game average last season.
“Harlie (Johnson) is a heck of an athlete and she’s a powerhouse,” McClendon said. “She’s 100 percent intensity all the time; she has the speed, but she is one of the girls you don’t want to get in her way, because she’ll mow you down.”
Other four-year seniors that will look to make an impact include Alex Barnes at defense, midfielder Kalina Larecy and second-team all-conference attack selection Maddie West.
Juniors Bre Larson and Claire Delacruz are two incoming players that McClendon feels will make a difference for the Indians. Delacruz is stepping in for last season’s all-state goalie, Mariah Twarowski, and Larson will add a scoring threat on the offensive side.
“Bre (Larson) is a wiz with the stick and is very fast and plays very hard out there — both physically and with her stick, and Claire (Delacruz) is going to be really great,” McClendon said.
The Indians will open the season on April 4 against West Albany at home.
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Head coach: Savannah McClendon (second year).
Last year: 12-3, 12-1 in Southern Division (tie for first); lost to Oregon City in second round of state playoffs.
Top returning players: Jaclyn Humphry, sr., midfielder; Harlie Johnson, sr., center; Maddie West, sr., attack; Kalina Larecy, sr., midfielder; Alex Barnes, sr., defender.
Top newcomers: Bre Larson, jr., attack; Claire Delacruz, jr., goalkeeper.