staff report / The Bulletin

Seniors Tori Landin and Katie Alhart scored three goals apiece for Bend United, but visiting Liberty knocked off host BU 8-7 at Summit High on Monday in the first round of the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association state playoffs.

Bend United (8-4 overall), which is made up of players from Summit, Bend High and Mountain View, trailed 3-0 early in the game, but score six consecutive goals to take a 6-3 lead after halftime. The Falcons then went on a four-goal run of their own and led 7-6 with 2 minutes, 55 second left in the game. BU rallied back as Alhart scored her third and final goal to tie the game 7-7 with 1:35 remaining, but Liberty (9-7) recorded what turned out to be the game-winning goal 21 seconds later. BU had two shots on goal before the end of the game but could not get them past the Falcons’ keeper.

“Every year we get a little bit better,” said Bend United coach Sean Hansen, whose program was in the playoffs for the second straight year. “This season was our first time hosting a playoff game. Last year was our first time in the playoffs.”

Kyra Hajovsky added a score for Bend United in the loss and Allie Rockett and KJ Hellis each dished out an assist.

BU, which had won four straight before Monday’s defeat, won 11 of 17 draw controls but converted just seven of 23 shot attempts.

Keeper Darion Maldonado paced Bend United’s defense with five saves.