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Oak Ridge JV girls' lacrosse team excels despite lack of experience

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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The future is bright for Oak Ridge High?s girls? lacrosse. Not only is the varsity squad stacked full of underclassmen, but the junior varsity team is having a strong season despite having limited experience. With only five players who had ever played the game competitively prior to this season, the Lady Trojans have posted an 8-1-1 record overall and are coming off a weekend when they placed third at the Menlo-Atherton Tournament with a 3-1 record in shortened games. The team?s only losses this season have come to St. Francis, who is the class of the league with an undefeated record. ?I would say that our record exceeds expectations given our roster and experience level,? said assistant coach Mark Spring, who joins fellow assistant Mike Polivka and head coach Eldore Wood on the staff. Heading into the season, only goalkeeper Madison Topping and Sydney Triplett, Meghan Simmons, Jessica Hanson and Sara Cody had ever played competitive lacrosse. Those five players have been key players for the Lady Trojans. Cody is the team?s leading goal scorer and Triplett is a key offensive player who not only scores, but takes all the team?s draws. Topping has made big saves and key times, according to Spring, while Hanson moved from goalie to attack and has helped the team have a much better offense because of the move. Of the newcomers, none have been more impressive than Maile Tostenson. ?Several new players have stepped up, including Maile,? Spring said. ?If you watch her today you?d be shocked to know that the first time she ever picked up a lacrosse stick was in February. She?s our top defensive player and one of our better offensive players.? As the team finishes its season this week, Spring said he hopes they continue to improve. ?The final score and winning isn?t our number-one priority at the JV level,? Spring said. ?We?re all about improving with each game and getting the players ready for the varsity level and for those looking to play after high school. Of course, I?d like to beat Granite Bay and St. Francis this week and finished tied for first in the league, but that?s gravy.?