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Oak Ridge girls’ lacrosse ready for new season with new coach

By: Staff Report
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New head coach Eldore' Wood and her Oak Ridge girls’ lacrosse teams completed their tryouts on Feb. 9.  After serving as an assistant coach for the last several years, Wood is excited about the future for the Lady Trojans lacrosse program. 

"Our varsity team is young, but talented,” Wood said. “We may take a while to gel and understand many of the new concepts I am trying to teach them, but I expect to see tremendous improvement as the season goes forward. “

In describing her JV squad, Wood said, "The JV team is very deep. This is the first time we had to make cuts at the JV level, so we are deeper than we have ever been.  Returning co-head coaches Mike Polivka and Mark Spring have a great mix of returning players, experienced players from our local youth program, and a few very athletic girls who are new to lacrosse but show great potential."

Returning varsity players Bridget Malone, Arielle Spring, Natalie Carillo and Morgan Bakarich will be expected to lead the attack and take on much of the scoring load for the varsity Trojans. The defense will be anchored by senior Carney Marino, junior Mallory Temple, and sophomore Madisyn Hallare. 

In addition, big things are expected from junior Morgan Janice, who tore her ACL in last year's opening game, and junior Bryn Van Komen, who is new to lacrosse, but has shown great promise in early practices.  Midfielder Stefanie Polivka was the team's hardest-working player in preseason conditioning workouts and looks ready to end her career with a strong senior season.  She will be joined by seniors Bridget Hansen, Kendall Lewis, Marissa Perry and sophomore Bailey Eastman on the midfield line. 

A number of the top players from last year's highly successful JV team, Meghan Simmons, Malie Tostenson, Sara Cody, and Jessica Hanson, look ready to make an immediate contribution at the varsity level  Sophomore goalie Madison Topping will have the biggest shoes to fill as she replaces three-year varsity starter, Liz Schaefer, in goal. Schaefer was a highly-recruited goalie and is now starting between the pipes for the USC Trojans, where she is one of the only freshmen Division I starting goalies in the nation.  "Madison is in a challenging position, but she showed up in very good physical condition and I am confident that she will rise to the occasion," Wood said.

The Trojan Lady Laxers will have little time to prepare, as they begin their season on Friday with home games against the Campolindo Cougars from Moraga. The varsity Cougars made it to the North Coast Section semifinals last season and will be good opening challenge for the Lady Trojans. The JV team will face off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7p.m.