Kiana Santiago’s Monster Second Half Pushes Jesuit To Their Second Straight State Title

Oregon City — The titans of Oregon lacrosse squared off in the state championship on Friday night in Oregon City: Jesuit and Lake Oswego. In the last state title game back in 2019, Jesuit ended the Lakers dynasty with a dramatic 13-12 win over Lake Oswego, winning their first title in school history and becoming the first program since Sunset in 2004 to be a champion from another league other than the Three Rivers League. This year, Jesuit has been untouchable en route to an undefeated campaign leading into the state championship, while Lake Oswego entered 15-1 against Oregon competition with their lone loss coming at the hands of Jesuit on March 30th 10-8.

The Lakers quest to kick up a new dynasty began when they struck first a few minutes into the game, as Edie Prager scored on a read from Kate Anders to take a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, Jesuit was on the board with a goal and it was tied 1-1 with 20:28 left in the first half. About a minute after that, Courtney Havel handed Lake Oswego the lead back on a goal from a Jesuit penalty, making it 2-1 Lakers. With 16:40 left in the half, Piper Daskalos tied it up for Jesuit on a pass from Tessa Randall to make it a 2-2 score. Havel responded once more with her second goal of the match, as Lake Oswego retook the lead once more 3-2 with 14:29 left in the half. With around 10 minutes left in the first half, Lake Oswego extended their lead when Anders picked up a goal on an assist from Lilah Turley, making it a 4-2 Lakers lead. Randall scored her second goal of the game for Jesuit a few minutes later, narrowing the gap with 4-3 Lake Oswego.

Shortly after Randall’s goal, Jesuit would tie the game up for the third time in the half, as Gigi Abernathy scored a penalty shot to make it 4-4 with around six minutes left in the half. For the third time in the game, Lake Oswego would take the lead back after a Jesuit tie, making it 5-4 Lakers on Prager’s second goal of the game. Tired of being behind, Jesuit would slingshot to the lead late in the half, as Daskalos and Abernathy netted their second goals of the game to hand Jesuit their first advantage 6-5 with 2:01 left in the half. Down the stretch of the half, Daskalos and Havel notched a hat trick as Jesuit and Lake Oswego traded goals en route to a 7-6 Crusaders lead at the half.

Ahead by a lone goal, Kiana Santiago struck quickly to open the second half for Jesuit, scoring on a breakaway to make it 8-6 Jesuit. Santiago would strike again about eight minutes later, opening up a three-goal lead for Jesuit as the Crusaders began milking the clock on Lake Oswego. The Lakers would stop the bleeding on a Reilly Mullen goal, trimming the game to a 9-7 score with 17:41 left in the game. Around two minutes later, Santiago hit the jackpot with a hat trick in the span of nine minutes for Jesuit, making it 10-7 Crusaders and a Sophie Pittelli netter with 15:11 remaining extended it to 11-7. Down the stretch, Lake Oswego would outscore Jesuit and close the gap to a lone goal, but Daskalos score with 12:11 left would ultimately stand as the game-winner for Jesuit, who won their second straight state title 12-11 over Lake Oswego.

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