EL DORADO HILLS — A halftime speech motivated the Oak Ridge High lacrosse team to come back in Saturday’s nonleague game against Foothill but the Pleasanton school hung on to post an 8-5 win.
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Trailing 5-1 at halftime, Trojan Josh Wellman scored less than a minute into the third period. Prior to taking the field, Troy coach Chad Walden and Wellman joined fellow team captains Ryan Price and Tyler Hersh in addressing the team.
“Our team captains said ‘Coach, just want to talk to ourselves,'” Walden said. “(They) stepped in and said, ‘We’ve got to turn it around, and play better.'”
Toward the end of the third, Oak Ridge (2-2-1) continued to cut into Foothill’s lead when Victor Bunce had an open shot on goal to make it 5-3.
The two teams combined for five goals in the final 12 minutes. Foothill converted first with 10:42 left to bump its lead and the Trojans responded when Gage Webb scored.
Foothill countered with another with 5:33 left before Wellman punched in his second goal 10 seconds later to lower the Falcons’ lead to 7-5.
“Josh did a great job,” Walden said. “This was a break out game for him so far this year.”
Foothill executed a turnover near its net to score the final goal with two minutes left.
Austin Hunter had Oak Ridge’s first goal within the first minute of the first period for a 1-0 lead before Foothill took charge.
Hersh, the Trojans’ goalie, had five saves in the game.
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