Oak Ridge lacrosse too much for Rams
A quick start led the Oak Ridge High boys lacrosse team to a 16-6 victory over St. Mary’s of Stockton Wednesday night in a Sacramento Valley League match at Oak Ridge Trojans Stadium.
In the first 12 minutes of the first quarter, the Trojans (1-1, 5-4-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead behind the play of Cody Place, a junior who finished the match with three goals. He scored the Trojans’ first goal with 6:47 left in the quarter and had three assists in the game.
“He does a great job,” Oak Ridge head coach Brad Speno said of Place. “He’s having a great year. ”
After senior Ethan Ackerman scored Oak Ridge’s second goal at the 6:47 mark for a 2-0 lead, the Rams cut the Trojans’ lead to 2-1 when Javon Wilson had an unassisted goal with 6:32 left. But toward the end of the quarter, Eric Leonard, Colton Giorgi and Tyler Leone scored the next three goals for the 5-1 lead.
Ackerman, Place and Josh Wellman scored a goal each in the second quarter for Oak Ridge for an 8-3 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Trojans scored four more goals that put the game out of reach, as Wellman and Tyler Leone scored two goals each in the quarter to make it 12-3. Ackerman and Place recorded assists in the quarter.
“We wanted to come out and jump on this team,” Speno said.
The Rams were aggressive on defense with stick checking and contact throughout the match, one which led to an ejection of a Rams player toward the end of the fourth quarter. But the Trojans responded by passing the ball from five to 30 yards to teammates that led to most of their goals.
“We got the ball moving and got it to the other man to take the open shot,” Speno said.
Jericho Hallare scored a goal for Oak Ridge in between St. Mary’s two goals for a 13-5 lead with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter. But it was all Trojans the rest of the game as Chase Webb, Wellman and Patrick Kunkel scored their team’s final three goals. Leone, Place and Leonard had an assist in the three goals.
There are no playoffs in the Sac-Joaquin Section for boys and girls lacrosse, Speno said. But he noted it’s possible that the Sacramento Valley League champion might play the North Coast section champion for Northern California bragging rights.
The Trojans’ next home match is Tuesday, April 24 against Jesuit.
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