Oak Ridge lacrosse outdueled by Granite Bay
By Tyler Schmidt
The Oak Ridge varsity boys lacrosse team hosted Granite Bay in a league game Friday. Despite the Trojans’ rowdy cheering section, Oak Ridge fell to the Grizzlies 11-5.
Granite Bay came out hot and scored three goals in the first eight minutes — the third of the three on a great long-range shot from the right side of the field by Will Harkin.
Oak Ridge scored its first goal at the end of the first quarter when Eric Leonard made a quick pass to Tyler Leone, who finished it off with a hard shot past Grizzly goalie Brad Ludwig to make it a 4-1 game.
After an equipment check at the end the first quarter, the Trojans were penalized and forced to start the second with three players in the penalty box and without their coach, who was tossed after arguing the validity of the infractions. Granite Bay quickly capitalized on the three-man advantage.
Just minutes into the second quarter, Harkin found the goal again with a quick wrist shot that bounced past Trojan goalie Taylor McKay. Oak Ridge responded when Josh Wellman sprinted in and around the Grizzly defenders, taking the ball up the middle and shooting it low into the net for the Trojans’ second goal.
But the Oak Ridge momentum was squashed when the Grizzlies fired right back with Chris Campbell’s goal to send the teams into the break with Granite Bay on top 6-2.
Unlike the first half, the Trojans controlled play and used lots of ball movement on the offensive side in the third quarter. Defensively they played as a unit to keep the Granite Bay offense off the scoreboard with constant checking. Troy scored first in the second half on a fast break and shot by Colton Georgi.
But halfway through the third, the Grizzlies’ Tony Milo shot from his hip into the right corner of the goal.
Case Donahue weaved in and out, juking the Granite Bay defense and sending a shot that went through the Grizzly goalie’s legs to narrow the gap to 7-4 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Down by just three, the Oak Ridge players and the sideline were fired up but Granite Bay put a dampener on the rally with three more goals in the first seven minutes. With three and a half minutes to go Donahue shook off a couple defenders and scored on a long-distance shot. Granite Bay put up one final score with just 43 seconds left to ice the victory.
“I thought we did play well. We were able to get some nice goals and we played solid defense,” Donahue said. “But we just weren’t able to put it all together and finish off the comeback.”
Oak Ridge is now 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the league standings. The Trojans are on the road Wednesday to face St. Mary’s in Stockton.