Lady Trojan lacrosse finishes with win; future promising

By: Matt Long
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Despite the team’s 10-11 record, Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ lacrosse team had a good season. The Lady Trojans played a challenging non-league schedule, routinely facing the top teams from the Bay Area, while in league play, several teams were much improved, which added to the team’s somewhat disappointing record. Oak Ridge finished the season on a strong note, winning its final three games, including an 8-7 win over Las Lomas on Friday in the team’s final game. Oak Ridge trailed 7-6, but tied the game with a goal by Megan Lee without about five minutes to go and then won it with Kristina Reyes’ game-winning goal with about 1:40 to play. Reyes led the team with three goals, while Morgan Bakarich scored twice, increasing her season total to 64. Bakarich broke the Oak Ridge scoring record last week and is the third highest-scoring freshmen in the state, according to MaxPreps. “Morgan grew up in Danville where lacrosse is very strong,” Holton said. “Her brother, Blake, is a senior and she’s grown up throwing with him. She’s already got colleges looking at her.” Bakarich will play for the Triple Threat Traveling Club Team based out of Danville over the summer and will travel to numerous tournaments and showcase events over the summer. Jordynn Wood and Olivia Wilson also scored in the win over Las Lomas. Like Bakarich, Wood will play for Triple Threat over the summer, as will keeper Liz Shaeffer. Oak Ridge finished league play with a 5-3 record, losing one-goal games to St. Francis (11-10) and Bella Vista (13-12) and a two-goal game to Granite Bay (8-6). “Our play in conference was disappointing in that the teams just got a lot stronger over the season,” Holton said. “Bella Vista and Granite Bay improved immensely and St. Francis is always strong. Even Christian Brothers improved this season.” Holton also said the team lost several close games, that had the team won, would have led to a more impressive record. Oak Ridge lost to Redwood, 11-10 and Granada, 8-7. “We played a very tough non-league schedule and except for Monte Vista, we were competitive with every other team,” Holton said. “We played some top teams and just came up short against some of them.” Oak Ridge’s six seniors, Reyes, Carmen Gaddini, Anna Wagner, Ericka Simonsen, Mallory Mize and Morgan Cooper finished up their high school careers. Gaddini, Reyes and Cooper are four-year varsity players, while Gaddini, Reyes and Wagner are starters that will have to be replaced next season. “I think we’ve got a bright future for next year,” Holton said. “Will be gaining several players from a strong JV team and every position will be strengthened.”