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Lacrosse teams finish fine seasons

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team finished the year in fine fashion, earning a 10-9 win over Granite Bay on Saturday. Kyle Brannam scored the game-winning goal with 46 seconds remaining, as Oak Ridge finished the year with a 14-8 record. Brannam scored two goals and had two assists in the win. “This was one of the best lacrosse games I’ve ever been a part of,” Oak Ridge coach Jim Niemi said. “There were four ties, three lead changes and the game winner with less than a minute to play. “Granite Bay and Oak Ridge have a great history of playing close games. All three games this year were one-goal games.” Junior Grant Sanders led the Trojans all season with 40 goals and 30 assists, a school record in both categories. Following Sanders were junior attackman Drew Armstrong and junior midfielder Alex Ochs. Armstrong scored 33 goals and six assists, while Ochs chipped in 28 goals and 19 assists. Senior midfielder Kyle Brannam scored 15 goals, added 10 assists and won 67 percent of his faceoffs. Junior attackman Wesley Price scored 18 goals and had 10 assists. Goalies Bryan Bertotti (junior) and Brandan Smith (senior) and senior defenseman Mitch Brannam led the defense. Lady Trojans finish 11-5 The varsity girls’ lacrosse team dropped its final game to Granada, 15-5 and finished the season with an 11-5 record. Danielle Trapani scored three goals in the game, while Cassie Aroyan and Kristina Reyes both added one. Julia Holton made 14 saves in goal. Trapani, a freshman, ended the season as the team’s top goal scorer with 39. Aroyan followed with 29 goals. Holton ended the season with a save percentage of .586, despite playing the last five games with a broken thumb.