Lady Trojans' lacrosse season ends with loss to St. Francis

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge finished the season a heartbreaking 16-15 loss to St. Francis in double overtime on Friday, but coach Ed Holton was pleased with the way his team played. The loss dropped Oak Ridge?s record to 7-7 on the season, but it?s a game that could have gone either way. ?It was a great game on both sides,? Oak Ridge coach Ed Holton said. ?We couldn?t have played any better. Either team could have won it.? Oak Ridge trailed by four goals at one point, but came back in the second half thanks to improved defense and timely goals. Madisyn Hallare provided the defense and Bridget Hanson scored the big goals late in the game. ?One of St. Francis? players was hurting us and I had Madisyn faceguard her and not let her get the ball or get in position to get the ball and she did a good job on her and that?s when we started to make our comeback,? Holton said. ?Bridget scored the last two goals to tie the game up with the last goal coming with four seconds to go.? Morgan Bakarich, who led the team with eight goals in the game, scored in overtime, but St. Francis tied the game and then won it with a goal in the final two minutes of the second overtime. Following Bakarich?s eight goals, Hansen and Jordynn Wood scored three times, while Ari Spring scored once. Liz Shaeffer played a strong game in net, making 23 saves. ?I told the girls it was the best game they played all season,? Holton said. ?Everyone stepped up and contributed and worked hard whistle to whistle. Everything came together. It was a blast. It was a great way to end the season. If we won it would been even better.? It was a disappointing week in that the Lady Trojans lost their final two games. Against league champion Granite Bay on May 1, Oak Ridge lost 16-10. Hansen scored three goals in the loss, while Bakarich found the back of the net twice. Marissa Perry, Maddy Hames, Bridget Malone, Stefanie Polivka and Natalie Carrillo all scored one goal, while Shaeffer made 41 saves. ?We played almost as good as we did against St. Francis and Liz was magnificent in goal,? Holton said. ?The final score wasn?t indicative as to how close the game was. We were down 13-10 with eight minutes to go and had to start pressing the ball.? Holton is already looking forward to next season, as the team will only lose two starters to graduation, albeit key starters in Wood and Shaeffer. ?We bring back a lot of goals with Bridget (37), Maddy (28) and Morgan (39) coming back,? Holton said. ?We?re a young team this year and bring almost everyone back and will have balance. In addition to our returning players, we will have four or five freshmen coming up for the JV team. Even though we lost our last two games, we played well and I think that momentum will carry over to next season. These girls know that they can play with any team.?