Bighorns lacrosse starts season
The Oasis Academy Bighorns lacrosse team kicked off its second season at the High Sierra Youth Lacrosse jamboree at Bishop Manogue on Saturday.
Oasis Academy added a team in the under-15 boys division for this year and they compiled a 3-2 record at the jamboree.
The Bighorns open the regular season at home Saturday against the Spanish Springs Cougars at the Churchill County Regional Field. The U13 game begins at 11 a.m. with the U15 game at 12:30 p.m.
In the first game of the jamboree, the Bighorns had difficulty handling the big and experienced North Tahoe Lakers, losing 5-0. Oasis bounced back in game two, downing the Spanish Springs Cougars, 8-0.
Returning goalie Brendan Leary notched the shutout, attackman Trey Rooks scored a hat trick and rookie midfielder/faceoff specialist Kalabe Lombardo scored two unassisted goals off faceoff wins. The Bighorns, though, lost a hard-fought game to the Mt. Rose Rattlers, 5-1. It was the last loss for the Bighorns. They came back with a solid 3-2 win over the Northwest Reno Outlaws and finished the day with a 7-1 victory over the Truckee Tribe.
Rookie goaltender Clayton Steelmon locked down the goal for the Bighorns with the help of veteran defenseman David Springfield, as the rest of the team distributed the scoring evenly among six different scorers in that game.
The Bighorns scoring included attackmen Nick Delgado (two goals), Victor Sanchez (one) and Tristan Rodarte (one), while midfielders Kalabe Lombardo (two), Morgan McAlexander (two), Trent Thorn (three) and Clayton Steelmon (one) added to the firepower. Rooks led all scorers with seven goals on the day.
The under-13 Bighorns squad, however, ended with a 2-2 record. The Bighorns relied on strong goaltending from veteran Kaden Stone and Conor Keitz as well as a balanced offense led by returning players Josh Carter, Nico Hoffheins and Anthony Lombardo.
Lombardo scored two goals on the day and attackman Nate Gatlin scored a power-goal dodging from behind the goal. Midfielder Mason Wagner stepped up, playing injured to anchor the defense for most of the day. Rookies Eric Orozco and Donovan Fermaint showed off their speed at midfield all day.