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Lady Trojans seek momentum heading into final week of regular season

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity girls’ lacrosse team went through a difficult stretch with losses to St. Francis, Granite Bay and Marin Catholic, but hope good things are coming in the future. The Lady Trojans, 2-2 in league, 5-4 overall, won their only game last week, earning a 14-3 win over Bella Vista as they prepare for the final matches of the season. Oak Ridge played the Broncos again on Monday and faced Christian Brothers on Tuesday, before ending this week with a game on the road at Las Lomas. The team’s final two regular season games are scheduled for May 1 at Granite Bay and May 4 at home against St. Francis. “I’m hoping we have a good week this week leading into our games against Granite Bay and St. Francis,” Oak Ridge coach Ed Holton said. “I’m hoping we can play well in these games and then wreak some havoc on Granite Bay and St. Francis. I don’t believe they should have beaten us like they did. We didn’t play up to our potential and I think the girls know that we have more talent than we showed in those games.” St. Francis defeated Oak Ridge earlier 14-7, while Granite Bay earned a 12-7 win. “I think we’re good enough to be competitive with everyone on our schedule, despite the fact that we have a young team,” Holton said. Jordynn Wood led the Lady Trojans in the win over Bella Vista, scoring five goals. Morgan Bakarich added three and Maddy Hames scored twice. Ari Spring, Madisyn Hallare, Stefanie Polivka and Natalie Carrillo also found the back of the net. In goal Liz Shaeffer dazzled with 13 saves, including many impressive saves early to keep her team in the game before the goals came more freely in the second half. “Liz was outstanding in goal; one of her best games,” Holton said. “It was our best game as a team in awhile. The girls played well together, made good transitions, spread the scoring around and had a lot of shots on goal, especially in the second half when we outscored them 9-1.” Committing turnovers and being poor on draws hampered the team in earlier losses. Holton said Marin Catholic simply overpowered his team in one of their worst games of the season, while the team was too passive and outplayed by Granite Bay. The girls improved in those areas in the win over Bella Vista, and Holton hopes for more good things this week.