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Oak Ridge JV girls' lacrosse team remains unbeaten

By: Staff Report
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The Oak Ridge junior varsity Lady Trojans remain undefeated after six games. 

After a strong 3-0 start, the JV Lady Trojans hosted rival St. Francis March 12.

"Normally, I am not too focused on wins and losses as a JV coach, but last year our JV squad went 12-3-1 with all three losses coming at the hands of the Troubadours,” Oak Ridge co-head coach Mark Spring said. “As a result, this was a game I was really hoping to win."

The Lady Trojans prevailed, but it took sudden death double overtime to do it. St. Francis and Oak Ridge battled to a 12-all tie through regulation. Center Camille Frace led the way, scoring half the Trojan goals. 

The overtime period proved to be a defensive battle, as neither team could score. Trojan goalie Madison Topping made a couple of key saves during the period to keep the Troubadours at 12 goals and the Troubadour defense locked down on the Trojan shooters, taking away any good scoring opportunities. 

The game then proceeded to sudden death double overtime. About two minutes in, Lady Trojan freshman Delani Carlson weaved her way into a good shooting angle right in front of the St. Francis goal and ended the game with a shot that rattled off the post into the back of the goalie, trickling into the net for the game winner. 

Next, the Lady Trojans hosted the Menlo-Atherton Bears. Carlson and Frace continued to lead the Trojan scoring attack with seven goals between them. Kylee Deelersnyder also had a strong game in the midfield. The Trojan defense was particularly strong in this game.

Nicole Sciutto and Maddy Olds helped hold the Bears to only six goals, as the Trojans prevailed relatively easily 11-6.

Last week, the JV squad traveled to Davis to face the Blue Devils in their final game before spring break. The game went back and forth in the first half with the Lady Trojans opening up a slim 8-6 lead. The second half was also closely contested, but in the end the Lady Trojans proved too much and prevailed with a 13-9 victory. 

"To be frank, Coach Polivka and I were not pleased with the way we played against Davis,” Spring said. “Camille [Frace] had a really strong game and Madison [Topping] played well in the net and really improved her patience with her clears. However, our defense did not communicate and our intensity level was not were it should be.  Improving our intensity for all 50 minutes up and down the lineup is going to be necessary if we are going to continue this streak into the second half of the season."

The JV Lady Trojans next two matches are against Bella Vista. They travel to Bella Vista on April 2 and host the Broncos on April 5.  Both games are at 5:30 p.m.