Oak Ridge JV girls' lacrosse team finishes season with 17-1 record
Oak Ridge JV lacrosse finishes season 17-1
The Oak Ridge Lady Trojans JV lacrosse season wrapped up their season last week with a convincing victory over Davis and a tournament win in the Bay Area.
Last Friday night, the Lady Trojans hosted the Blue Devils of Davis for the second time this year. With the team coming off their first loss of the season, co-head coach Mike Polivka was not sure how the team would respond.
"I was more nervous than usual,” Polivka said. “I was uncertain how the girls would bounce back after our first loss [to Sacred Heart Prep] the Saturday preceding the game."
The Lady Trojans were able to calm their coaches’ nerves right from the opening whistle. Sophomore Nicole Sciutto scored the first of her two goals 33 seconds into the game and the Trojans continued their domination as the first half progressed.
The blue and gold opened up an 8-2 lead in the first twenty minutes of the contest. By halftime, the women of Troy controlled the game with a 12-3 lead. The defensive unit clamped down even harder in the second half holding the Blue Devils to one goal as the contest ended 16-4 in favor of the Lady Trojans.
Sophomore midfielder Bailey Eastman led the way with five goals and played a superb all-around game, as it was her ground ball efficiency that really impressed the crowd and the coaching staff.
"Coach Polivka and I were trying to keep count on the sideline, but we lost track,” co-coach Mark Spring said. “It was like she had a vacuum at end of her stick. I think she may have had more ground balls than the entire Davis team. She was all over the field and was a big reason we were able to win easily."
On Saturday, the Lady Trojans traveled to Menlo-Atherton to participate in the JV Sling It Tournament.
"I think this tournament is a great way to see how our team stacks up with some of the top teams in the Bay Area," Polivka said. Apparently, the Lady Trojans stack up pretty favorably, as they won all four of their games and took first place in the gold division.
The highlight of the tournament was the semifinal victory over Amador Valley. Amador Valley has the top rated girls’ varsity team in the state according to www.laxpower.com and their JV was undefeated before facing off against Oak Ridge’s squad. The Trojans jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and had to hold on the rest of the game but ultimately prevailed 9-8. The Trojans were led on offense by freshman Camille Frace.
“Camille's speed and athleticism were too much for Amador and they were really struggling to contain her,” Polivka said. “She also did a nice job shooting for the corners and ended up with five goals. With the ball in her hands, Camille is a superior scorer at the JV level."
Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Topping also made a huge impact.
"It was great to see Madison have her best game of the year in this tournament,” Spring said. “She was brilliant between the pipes and her outlet passes were right on the money, helping us to run great transition. She is very dangerous when she plays with confidence, and she really stepped up when the pressure was on against Amador Valley."
After defeating Amador, the Lady Trojans easily defeated Mountain View to take home the gold division title.
Including the tournament games, the JV Lady Trojans finished the season 17-1 and were undefeated in league games. The future looks very bright indeed for the Oak Ridge girls’ lacrosse program.