Oak Ridge Lady Trojans lacrosse team wins opening game, 14-12By: Staff Report
The Oak Ridge girls’ varsity lacrosse team opened their season Friday with an early home game against the Campolindo Cougars of Moraga in front of about two hundred fans.
The Lady Trojans put on quite a show, earning a come-from-behind 14-12 win. Oak Ridge opened up an early 5-1 lead 10 minutes into the game, and looked like they were off to an easy victory. However, Campolindo was not ready to roll over. The Cougars began to control the draws and dominate the ground balls and went on a run of their own.
The Cougars held the Trojans scoreless for the last eight minutes of the half as part of a 9-3 run to open up a 10-8 halftime lead. The Cougars continued their dominance as the second half began, extending their lead to three goals when they went up 12-9 with sixteen and a half minutes left in the context.
After an Oak Ridge timeout, Coach Eldore Wood moved lefty defender Morgan Janice to the center draw position and that move started paying dividends immediately, as the Trojans began to take command of the draws and control possession in its offensive end. Sophomore Sara Cody started the comeback when she used her superior speed to blow by her defender and notch her second goal of the game with 11 minutes left to pull the Trojans within two goals, 12-10. Senior Morgan Bakarich then put a hard shot in the back of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the game and the Trojans were within one.
The game went back and forth for several minutes without any scoring until senior midfielder Stefanie Polivka cut hard to the goal and put a feed from behind passed the Cougar goalie to tie the game at 12 with 3:19 to play. Janice again controlled the draw and freshman Kayla Galet worked the crowd into a frenzy when she scored what would be the game-winning goal with only 2:43 left in the contest.
After the Cougars called timeout, the Trojans won the draw and went into a spread offense to run the clock down. After maintaining possession for more than two minutes, junior attackman Arielle Spring noticed a one-vs.-one opportunity from behind the cage and sealed the win with a nifty dodge and shot to add an insurance goal with 37 seconds left.
The Trojans ended up closing the game on a 5-0 run, while holding the Cougars scoreless for the last sixteen and a half minutes of the game. Wood was pleased with the victory, but cautioned against reading too much into it.
"The girls played together and showed a lot of character in the second half,” Wood said. “We had eight different players score goals and many others notched assists or made key defensive plays to help contribute to the victory. It was a good team win, but we cannot get complacent. We have a lot to work on and the true indicator of our success will be measured by how much we can improve off this strong start."
The junior varsity lacrosse team also opened the season with a victory. Behind four goals from freshman Camille Frace and three from sophomore Malie Tostenson, the Lady Trojans opened up a 10-0 lead on the JV Cougars in route to a 15-2 victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Laurel Maunder had a strong night between the pipes with 10 saves and only two goals allowed and freshman Maddy Olds helped lead an aggressive defense that did not allow the Cougars too many easy looks.
Both teams will travel to Palo Alto next weekend where they will take on Gunn High School on Friday evening and Palo Alto High on Saturday morning.