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Oak Ridge offense begins to click

Attack, midfielders working well together
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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After suffering two close losses to Jesuit and Miramonte, Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team could have crumbled. Instead the Trojans rebounded to pick up a pair of solid wins over Bella Vista and Clayton Valley last week, as they evened their record to 4-4. On March 22 the Trojans lost 9-8 to Jesuit in a game they easily could have won and two days later fell to Miramonte, 8-6. “Even though we lost those games I felt we played really well,” Oak Ridge coach Brad Speno said. “We beat Jesuit in almost every statistical category, but just ran into a hot goalie. Miramonte is one of the top teams in Northern California and we just had trouble scoring.” Scoring wasn’t a problem last week, though, as the Trojans scored 27 goals in wins over Bella Vista (14-10 on March 27) and Clayton Valley (13-10 on Saturday). Oak Ridge’s attack and midfielders scored many of the goals, as Ethan Ackerman, Tyler Leone, Cayd Rich, Cody Place, Nicholas Hoe, Josh Wellman and Colton Giorgi led the way. Place scored four goals and had three assists against Bella Vista, while Leone scored three times. Ackerman and Giorgi scored twice and had two assists apiece. Wellman had a goal and two assists, while Chase Webb and Patrick Kunkel also scored. Ackerman scored five goals and had two assists against Clayton Valley, while Wellman scored two goals and had five assists. Rich and Doug James had two goals and an assist, while Place scored once and had three assists. Kunkel also scored in the win. “We put it together against Bella Vista, going up early and then finishing them off late,” Speno said. “Our attacks played well together and got a lot of goals off assists. The Clayton Valley game was very similar. Even though we lost to Jesuit and Miramonte, the guys stayed positive and continued to work hard in practice. We’ve been turning our opportunities into goals where earlier in the year we would hit the goalie in the chest or miss the goal altogether. We’ve got a great bunch of kids and they keep working hard.” Oak Ridge’s next game is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Lincoln.