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Oak Ridge needs to limit mistakes to succeed

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team figures to be able to score some goals this season and has goalkeeper Taylor McKay returning to patrol the net, but it’s what happens between the offensive attack and McKay that will be the key to the season. The Trojans have a young team, off to a 1-1 start this season after losing to Davis, 14-7, on Feb. 28 and defeating Sir Francis Drake, 7-5 on Friday. Oak Ridge plays a tough non-league schedule, which might make their record less than impressive, but they hope playing tougher teams will make them better in the long run. “We’ve improved the quality of opponents in non-league to get us ready for league play,” Oak Ridge coach Brad Speno said. “We hope by playing against better players that will allow us to compete for a league title.” The top returning players and key newcomers to the team include Josh Wellman, Colton Giorgi, Cayd Rich, Tyler Leone, Austin Dean, Patrick Kunkel, McKay, Nick Gordon, Austin Chang, Cody Place, Luke Hannemann, Nick Hoe and Johnny Ploke, according to Speno. “We’ve got a quality core group, but we’re inexperienced on defense,” Speno said. “The key for us will be to play as a team and also to minimize our mistakes, especially when playing against the better teams.”