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Trojans make case for playoffs with 12-11 win over Jesuit

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Tanner Rosenbaum scored two goals in the fourth quarter and Cody Place added a goal and assist, as Oak Ridge held on to defeat Jesuit, 12-11, Friday in the season finale.

The win improved Oak Ridge’s record to 8-4 in league play and 11-5 overall and now the team must wait at least a week to see if they make the playoffs.

If they don’t qualify for the postseason, the team can be proud of the way they finished the season. The Trojans never trailed, but fought off three tie scores, including the final one at 9-9 early in the fourth quarter. Oak Ridge responded with three straight goals, two by Rosenbaum and one by Place, to lead 12-9.

The Marauders scored the game’s final two goals, but time ran out and the Trojans picked up their second one-goal win over Jesuit this season.

“It’s a great way to close out my high school career,” said Place, who finished with two goals and three assists. “It’s our biggest game of the year and we bonded together and played as one. Jesuit hasn’t beaten us the last couple of years, so it’s nice to hand it to them this year.”

Josh Wellman got the Trojans off to a fast start early with the team’s first two goals in the first quarter, as the team jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Cayd Rich and Gage Webb scored the next two before Jesuit cut the lead to 4-2 after one quarter.

The Marauders tied the score at four before Chase Webb and Rosenbaum scored to put Oak Ridge in front 6-4. By halftime it was a one-goal game, 6-5.

Wellman, Place and Rich all scored once in the third quarter, as the Trojans held a 9-7 lead heading into the final quarter.

Wellman finished with three goals and an assist, while Rosenbaum also tallied three goals and Rich scored twice. Will Burke and Garrett Amidon added assists.

“The key tonight was staying on it and hustling,” Oak Ridge coach Brad Speno said. “We did well on ground balls, played good, hard defense and moved the ball well on offense.”

Now the team must sit and wait to see if they make the playoffs.

“This win helps,” Speno said. “We’re in third place in our league and we’ll see what happens. I think we deserve it.”