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Young Oak Ridge girls' lacrosse team has talent

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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The Oak Ridge girls might be a young team, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a talented group. The Lady Trojan lacrosse team is looking to rebound from an 8-9 season a year ago and appears to have the right people in the right places to do so. The team only has three seniors, two who start, and they are captains Liz Shaeffer and attack Jordynn Wood. Midfielder Rachel Marrs is the only other senior on the young team. “We’re very young with only three seniors and we’ll probably have three or four freshmen that will get significant playing time,” Oak Ridge coach Ed Holton said. “Liz will be a key to our season. She’s strong in goal and already has a scholarship to play at USC and we’ve got to take advantage of her as one of the strengths of our team.” While Shaeffer will keep a lot of balls out of the net, Wood and juniors Morgan Bakarich and Maddy Hames figured to do much of the goal scoring for the Lady Trojans. Hames is already off to a good starter, scoring six goals in the team’s 13-5 win over Clayton Valley last week. The team’s third captain, junior Bridget Hansen, anchors the midfield, while returning junior starters Gabby Zeagler and Carney Marino are the team’s top defenders. “We should have a strong team and I think we have our best shot at competing for a conference championship in a few years,” Holton said. “Granite Bay and St. Francis will be tough, of course. We’ve got a lot of young players and with that we have a lot of speed. We have strong players everywhere and our bench is also strong.” What is the key to the season? Holton said it initially will be getting used to playing with one another. Once that is accomplished, it’s working the strengths of the team, which is team speed. “We’re strong in goal and we need to take advantage of that,” Holton said. “We also need our players to use their speed and be quick in transition. Once we get used to playing together, learn the offense and use our speed, we should be ready to compete.”