A few days after an emotionally exhausting win against San Ramon, the Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team fell behind early in a 13-0 defeat at the hands of rival St. Francis. The Lady Trojans drop to 2-4-1 on the year.
“Offensively, we weren’t settling the ball. So as soon as we had the ball in hand, we would take shots right at the goalie. But we didn’t have the ball enough to get good shots,” coach Eldore Wood said.
The Troubadours scored early and often. A Hayley Kusserow score gave the visitors an early lead, and after two other St. Francis goals, Kusserow scored again to push the lead to 4-0. Meaghan Bennett scored on a low shot that bounced under goalkeeper Laurel Maunder’s legs.
Tessa Oliaro then scored back to back goals for St. Francis, and the Troubadours led 7-0. While St. Francis continued to score, Maunder, a freshman called up to varsity right before the San Ramon game, made multiple impressive saves and hung in there under a barrage of St. Francis shots. The visitors, coached by former Trojan Kristy Wilson, added a couple more onto the scoreboard and led 10-0 at the half.
Oak Ridge played much better in the second half defensively with more opportunities on offense. A Bridget Hansen shot on goal midway through the half was blocked by St. Francis goalie Natalie Dowd, and one from Morgan Bakarich bounced off Dowd’s helmet out of bounds. Maunder continued to make strides, and only allowed three St. Francis goals in the second half, but Oak Ridge still fell short.
“We have to learn to control the ball in the midfield. Once we get it into our offense, we have some strong players on offense that are able to finish. Tonight we weren’t able to get the ball to them enough and when we did they were feeling the pressure,” coach Wood said.