By Chris Donahue
Long-time lacrosse rivals Oak Ridge and Granite Bay battled for the win Tuesday evening, with Oak Ridge clinching the 7-5 victory in the last seconds of the game.
The varsity Trojans have been hampered by numerous injuries and Tuesday was the first time since the beginning of the season that the entire varsity team was healthy and ready to play. The teams met on the Grizzlies’ home turf and the first quarter was a give and take with equal possessions between the teams. It ended with Granite Bay leading by two. Trojan goalie Taylor McKay had three saves that prevented the Grizzlies from jumping farther ahead.
Oak Ridge came out more aggressive in the second quarter and got on the scoreboard in the first minutes thanks to a forceful goal by Case Donahue. The teams battled with Oak Ridge defenders handling Granite bay’s numerous offensive attempts. McKay added four more saves that frustrated the Grizzlies. The Trojans’ second goal came on a coast to coast dodging run by Donahue pinning the top corner of the goal as the minutes closed the first half.
Both teams came back refreshed and determined from halftime and quickly the game became a battle of the defenders.
Miles Maxwell, John McGonigle and Caleb Rich were quick to shut down the many of Granite Bay’s attempts to move closer to the crease. The Grizzlies were the first to score but the Trojans responded with a solid fury-filled goal by Cayd Rich. With the game tied, Austin Dean fed Tyler Leone midway through the third quarter for a goal. Granite Bay patiently responded by moving the ball around the perimeter resulting in a goal.
With the game tied once again, Dean scanned the net area and found Rich who buried the ball in the back of the net for his second goal of the night. Defenseman Rich had three takeaways that kept the Grizzlies on their toes.
Fourth quarter started with the score OR 5 – GB 4. Josh Wellman maneuvered around the Granite Bay defense to feed Patrick Kunkel. Kunkel responded with an adrenaline-filled goal that put Oak Ridge two goals up. Not one to be idle, Granite Bay responded with a goal. With only one goal separating the two rivals long stick defenseman McGonigle converted a takeaway to assist Rich with an exploding goal solidifying Oak Ridge’s victory.