Trojans solid in loss to Jesuit

By: Matt Long
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A young Oak Ridge varsity boys’ lacrosse team has had an up-and-down season. As the season nears the end, however, Oak Ridge coach Paul Vota hopes the team can finish on a strong note. Though the Trojans lost twice last week, first to Bella Vista, 11-7, and then to Jesuit, 11-8, Vota hopes the team’s strong performance in defeat against Jesuit can lead to a good finish. The Trojans fell behind early at home Friday night against the Marauders, but battled back to make a respectable showing. “It was actually the first time all season that we played four good quarters of lacrosse,” Vota said. “We lost to them 17-5 earlier in the year, but played them much better this time. The kids were happy about that. Even though we lost, I told them it was all about the way we played. They showed a lot of heart and hopefully we can carry that through our last three games.” Tom Lynch led the way with three goals and an assist, while Alex Sacco, Case Donohue and Val Laolagi also contributed, according to Vota. Vota also said that sophomore goalie Taylor McKay played a strong game in defeat, making several saves of shots taken close to the goal. The win came on the heels of a disappointing 11-7 loss to Bella Vista on April 20. The Trojans led 5-2 at halftime before falling apart in the second half. The team, however, showed their grit by playing well in their next game against Jesuit. “I’m glad the way we bounced back,” Vota said. “That was huge.” Oak Ridge, 2-6 on the year, has two games remaining: at home against Granite Bay on Friday and at home against St. Mary’s on May 7.