Oak Ridge JV girls' lacrosse team improves to 10-0

By: Staff Report
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Last week was a big week for the JV Lady Trojan lacrosse team. On Tuesday, they travelled to Sacramento to take on the St. Francis Troubadours. The teams had battled to overtime the last time they met, with the Trojans prevailing on Delani Carlson’s improbable overtime goal. In the most recent meeting, the Lady Trojans were able to take care of business early and cruise to an 11-6 victory. Sophomore Bailey Eastman netted three first half goals to help the Lady Trojans take a commanding 7-3 halftime lead. In the second half, former Trojan Claire Freeman matched Eastman’s hat trick for St. Francis, but it was not nearly enough as the Trojans coasted to a five goal victory.

On Friday, the Lady Trojans hosted Granite Bay. The Lady Trojan offense exploded early and the home team led 11-2 before 20 minutes had even expired. This time it was freshman attacker Emily Ochs who led the way with three first half goals. Granite Bay managed to claw back late in the first half and early in the second as they scored 5 unanswered goals to close to 11-7. However, the Lady Trojans, changed their draw strategy by placing the taller Kylie Deleersnyder at center, which helped give the Trojans better results in the draw circle and help them right the ship. Ultimately, the scoring gap was too great for the Grizzlies, and the Lady Trojans prevailed 15-9 when the final horn sounded. Eight separate Trojans contributed to the goal scoring in a very balanced attack.

Co-Head Coach Mark Spring explained the significance of the victories. “Coming off wins against Bella Vista we really worked hard on our defense as we knew that St. Francis and Granite Bay both ran more intricate offensive schemes than we had seen and had the talent to put the ball in the net with regularity. Offensively, these are two of the most well coached teams in Northern California. Slowing down their scoring would not be easy. We knew we would need to improve our team defense, our slides, our close outs, our communication and our double teaming to be effective this week and we focused on those things at practice. Come game time, the girls simply put what they had practiced into motion. Coach Polivka and I were ecstatic with the improvement we have shown defensively and on clears.” Coach Polivka commented on some of the players who have really stepped it up. “Freshman Maddy Olds is simply a warrior at the defensive end and is the anchor of our defensive unit. Sophomores Nicole Scuitto and Micheala Ipasso, both of whom are new to the game of lacrosse, have shown great improvement since returning from spring break and provide us with very solid depth and consistent play on the defensive end. In addition, Malie Tostenson offers athleticism and leadership to our defensive unit and is doing a great job clearing the ball. Finally, our goalie, Madison Topping, has stepped up to make some big saves and pinpoint passes on the clears and her recent confidence has spread like wildfire to the rest of the squad.”

Varsity Head Coach Eldore’ Wood is also excited about this JV squad. “This is probably the most talented and deepest JV team in the Sacramento region in my 5 years of coaching at the high school level. If these girls have the will to work hard to maximize their potential as they become upperclassman, which will entail off season conditioning and individual skill work to improve their passing, catching, dodging and footwork, our varsity will be a real force to be reckoned with in the years to come. They still have four more games left. They have a target on their back with their unblemished record, so they will need to stay focused as we hit the home stretch if they want continued success.”

This week the JV team has three games as they look to improve their record to 13-0. They travel to Granite Bay High School on Wednesday for the Laxin for a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness event. That game kicks off at 5pm followed by the varsity contest at 6:30. The Lady Trojans then travel to Larkspur to face Redwood on Friday evening and return home Saturday where they will face Sacred Heart Prep at Oak Ridge (JV at 2pm, Varsity at 3:30).