Coming off consecutive losses, the young No. 13 lacrosse team bounced back in a big way Friday, defeating host No. 20 Thousand Oaks 13-5 in their Marmonte League opener to improve to 5-2.

Junior Courntey Vils led Oaks Christian with four goals and an assist, but it was the younger Lions who packed most of the punch for an offense that produced nine assisted goals.

Sophomores (2g, 2a), (2g), (1g, 4a) and Sophia Nasser-Gillibrand (1g) combined for six goals and six assists, and freshmen (2g, 1a) and (1g, 1a) contributed three more goals and two assists.

Oaks Christian led 8-4 at halftime, with Thousand Oaks (3-4) staying close behind two first-half goals from and one each from and Elsa Heath. However, the Lancers could muster only more more in the second half, from Jessica Rickets.

Lions goalie Carli Contreras recorded 10 saves.

Oaks Christian, which had lost back-to-back games to No. 10 Oak Park and No. 8 Agoura, faces a big week, with a home game against La Reina on Monday, a visit to Valencia on Wednesday and a home game against neighboring No. 3 Westlake on Friday.

Thousand Oaks plays at Oak Park on Tuesday and at home against No. 9 Newbury Park on Friday.

Information and photo for this report contributed by Oaks Christian Girls Lacrosse.

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