Oak Ridge's Morgan Bakarich, right, grabs possession as she emerges from the pack during Saturday's game against Marin Catholic. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

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Winless weekend for Oak Ridge girls lacrosse

By From page A6 | April 18, 2012

The Oak Ridge girls lacrosse team dropped two home games in less than 24 hours over the weekend — falling 12-7 to Granite Bay Friday evening and losing 19-7 to Marin Catholic Saturday afternoon.

The second match was the toughest. Highly ranked in the NorCal section, Marin took it to the Trojans under partly cloudy skies in getting up 10-4 at the half as 25 overall turnovers and only nine draw controls spelled doom for the host squad.

“They’re one of the top teams in the Bay Area and we couldn’t handle the pressure,” Oak Ridge coach Ed Holten said. “We couldn’t get a rhythm going at all and they moved the ball well, had offensive efficiency and had our defense scrambling the whole time. The closest we got was 8-4 but they didn’t let up.”

If Troy entertained any thoughts of a second-half comeback they were immediately doused as the Wildcats opened up with quick, successive goals, part of a 5-0 run. Marin’s overlapping runs on goal had the Oak Ridge defenders and goalie Liz Shaeffer on full alert as the Wildcats successfully ran cutters to the crease. Defensively, Marin’s stick’s up strategy was tough to penetrate.

The Trojans’ broke the visitor’s streak when Madison Hames spun away from a defender to flip one in the net and Bridget Hansen’s ground shot added one more to the host’s tally. Marin closed with four of the last five goals — Oak Ridge scoring when Bridget Malone, from behind the goal, found a crashing Bailey Eastman with a pass over the crossbar that Eastman sent to the back of the net.

“The 25 turnovers meant 25 more shots for them to score. Combined with the nine draw controls out of 25 is what killed us,” Holten said.

Jordynn Wood led Troy with two goals, both in the first half. Also scoring in the opening half was Morgan Bakarich and Hansen.

Against Granite Bay, Wood had three goals, Hansen, two, and Hames, two.

Jerry Heinzer

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