Oak Ridge lacrosse avenges earlier loss to Granite Bay, 9-5

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Having blown a six-goal lead and losing to Granite Bay, 16-11, early in the season, Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team was looking for redemption Friday night.

Things didn’t look good early on, as the Trojans fell behind 3-0, but Oak Ridge scored seven unanswered goals on its way to a 9-5 win. The victory improved Oak Ridge’s record to 4-3 in league play and 9-4 overall, while handing the Grizzlies their second league loss. Davis, who beat Oak Ridge 11-8, on March 19, leads the league, as Granite Bay sits in second, one game in front of Oak Ridge and Jesuit.

Josh Wellman scored three goals in the win over Granite Bay, including his team’s first goal, the game-tying goal, as well as the game’s final goal.

“Last game we were up early and this time we knew we had to finish,” Wellman said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder and wanted to prove ourselves. Ball movement, movement off the ball and getting shots was the key. We started off slow, but we got it going in our favor.”

Tanner Rosenbaum scored to make the score 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter. Wellman tied the game at three before Cody Place put Oak Ridge up for good, 4-3. Cayd Rich scored followed by another goal by Place, which gave the Trojans a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Jacob Ochs replaced Kyle Bertotti in net at the start of the second quarter and was outstanding the rest of the game, as he allowed only two goals.

Ryan Price scored Oak Ridge’s only goal in the third quarter before the Grizzlies finally scored their fourth goal. Rich made it 8-4 early in the fourth quarter before another Granite Bay goal, but Wellman sealed the win with his third goal late in the game.

“It was a really good win,” Oak Ridge coach Brad Speno said. “Our attack was great and we controlled the midfield. Josh Wellman, Cayd Rich, Austin Chang, Cody Place, basically our whole attack, played well, as did Jacob (Ochs).”

After playing host to St. Mary’s Tuesday, the Trojans have a big game on the road Friday at Davis. The team wraps up the regular season at home against Jesuit May 3.