Rich, Rosenbaum lead Oak Ridge over Lincoln, 11-5By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
With goalies Kyle Bertotti and Jacob Ochs injured and out of the lineup, Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ lacrosse team was without a goalie until Caleb Rich stepped up.
Rich, normally a defender, was in goal Friday when Oak Ridge played host to Lincoln of Stockton and made several saves, as the Trojans earned an 11-5 win to even their league record at 1-1 and improve their overall record to 3-1.
“I don’t like getting hit (with the ball), but I like to be the guy to step for the team and be a leader,” Rich said. “I felt like all the goals I let in I could have stopped, but I was most effective on the clears.”
Despite starting slow and allowing two goals in the first five minutes of both halves, the Trojans were strong throughout the game. After falling behind 2-0, Oak Ridge scored the next six goals, three by Tanner Rosenbaum, a pair by Cody Place and one by Josh Wellman to take command of the game.
Lincoln got a goal back, but the Trojans scored twice in the final minute on a rebound by Nick Gordon and Rosenbaum’s fourth of the half to take an 8-3 lead into halftime.
Lincoln again scored the first two goals of the second half, but Oak Ridge answered with three more to finish the scoring. Wellman scored his second goal followed by a bullet-like shot from Cayd Rich.
The last goal of the game was arguably the prettiest. Colton Giorgi raced downfield and made bounce pass to Rosenbaum that would have made basketball great Magic Johnson proud. Rosenbaum then kicked the ball back to a hard-charging Place, who finished the play with his third goal of the game.
“I thought we did well,” Oak Ridge coach Brad Speno said. “I was happy with our effort against Lincoln, who is an up-and-coming team. I thought Caleb played great.”
Despite suffering a tough 16-11 loss to Granite Bay Tuesday, the Trojans have a strong team and high expectations to go along with it.
“I think this is the best team we’ve had in our young program here at Oak Ridge,” Rich said. “We’ve got potential and our goal is to take league and go as far as we can in the playoffs.”
Winning the league which features Granite Bay, Jesuit, Davis, Bella Vista, Lincoln and St. Mary’s would give the Trojans an automatic playoff berth. If they don’t win, the Trojans would have to earn an at-large berth to make the postseason.
“Our goal is to win the league, make it to the playoffs and beat the Bay Area teams,” Speno said. “We’ve got a lot of talent and this is the best team we’ve had, but we can’t take anything for granted.”