The Oregon Trail: Beaver State Stars Shine During 2022 Season

PHOTOS BY RUTGERS ATHLETICS, JOHN STROHSACKER

Ross Scott (left) and Lauren Gilbert are two of the best Oregon products in lacrosse today.


Not since Portland native Peter Baum won the Tewaaraton Award in 2012 have we heard this much about the Beaver State.

These six players shined during the NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse tournaments.

TUCKER DORDEVIC

The Portland native and former first-team All-American midfielder became a third-team All-American attackman. He scored 47 goals in 14 games in his last season at Syracuse. He’ll use his final year of eligibility at Georgetown.

LAUREN GILBERT

The Lake Oswego product might be the fastest player in the game. With Izzy Scane out for the year, Gilbert stepped up with 79 goals and 27 assists en route to first-team All-American honors







SAM HANDLEY

The Tewaaraton finalist out of Portland frequently used his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame to bowl over defenders. Handley led Penn with 36 goals and 37 assists and won the USILA’s MacLaughlin Award as the nation’s most outstanding midfielder.

ROSS SCOTT

A third-team All-American, the former West Linn star tied Rutgers’ single-season record with 50 goals while helping to lead the Scarlet Knights to their first-ever final four.

ALEX SLUSHER

A Portland native and U.S. U21 men’s national team member, Slusher led Princeton with 44 goals. The Tigers advanced to championship weekend for the first time since 2004.

AJAX ZAPPITELLO

Also from Portland, Zappitello was an absolute menace, leading Maryland with 27 caused turnovers. He was named a third-team All-American.

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