No. 16 West Ranch Girls Edge No. 9 Royal, 10-9

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The West Ranch girls, ranked No. 16 in the US Lacrosse MaxLaxLA coaches poll, battled visiting No. 9 Royal throughout Wednesday’s back-and-forth contest, ultimately emerging with a 10-9 victory.

Last year, the Wildcats lost to the Highlanders twice in the regular season (not counting tournaments), the first time by three goals and the second time by one. Wednesday, they came on the winning side.

Bella Gervasi and Sammy Nuchow led West Ranch with three goals each, and Hope Jin (2g), Jackie Nuchow (1g) and Raylene Factora (1g) rounded out the scoring.

The Wildcats (1-1) earned their first non-tournament victory after opening with a 10-5 loss to preseason No. 6 Oak Park.

Royal, which was coming off a 15-4 season in 2017 and ranked in the Top 10 in the preseason, fell to 0-2.