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Trojans fall to Jesuit, 12-9

By: Matt Long
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A disastrous first half which saw Oak Ridge fall behind 7-0 proved too big a hole to climb from for the school’s varsity boys’ water polo team. Facing Jesuit, not only a league rival but also one of the top teams in Northern California, the Trojans outscored the Marauders 9-5 in the second half but it wasn’t enough, as the Marauders won the match on Wednesday, 12-9. “You hate to say this as a coach, but I think we were a bit intimidated by them in the first half,” Oak Ridge coach Don McCormick said. “Jesuit is one of the top-five teams in Northern California and I think we were kind of freaking out a bit and came out flat because of it. Jesuit’s starting seven are phenomenal.” Oak Ridge received two goals from Bryan Cole, Josh Verner and Bryan Bare in the second half as well as goals from Jeremy Levine, Trevor Dong and Cameron Bullock. The Trojans trailed 10-4 after the third period and got as close as three goals in the fourth quarter at 10-7 and again at the final score, 12-9. “We played with more intensity in the second half and that’s one of the things we talked about at halftime,” McCormick said. “The boys made it respectable. I thought Josh Verner played really well, as did Bryan Cole.”