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Bighorns roll in prep for state tourney

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Bighorns lacrosse player Trent Thorn drives past a North Tahoe defender during Oasis' 12-2 win on Saturday. The Bighorns play in the under-15 state tournament this weekend as the North's No. 1 seed.
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The Oasis under-15 lacrosse team continues dominating the season with an emphatic win in a tune-up for this weekend’s state tournament.

The Bighorns notched a 12-2 win at North Tahoe on Saturday as Josh Carter netted a hat trick in Oasis’ final game before state.

Midfielder Tristan Rodarte, though, one-upped Carter to finish with four goals. Attackman Trey Rooks also added a hat trick, while midfielder Anthony Lombardo and attackman Nick Delgado added goals in the route.

At the other end, the defense was led by David Springfield and Mason Lofthouse as they shut the door allowing only a couple of shots on goal. Goaltenders Brendan Leary and Kaden Stone combined to allow two goals.

The U13 team, meanwhile, lost to North Tahoe, 10-4, after earning a 6-6 tie in double overtime against Spanish Springs on Thursday.

Against Spanish Springs, the Bighorns tried to protect a 6-5 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars managed to tie the game with an extra man after a Bighorns penalty. Tied at 6, the Cougars were held to one shot in sudden-death overtime.

The Bighorns, though, spent most of the four minutes on the offensive end taking shot after shot, but nothing made it into the net. In the second OT, the Bighorns again peppered the Cougars with shots, but in the end, the teams finished with a tie.

On Saturday against North Tahoe, Damien Billips got the U13 team off to an early lead with a goal in the first quarter. North Tahoe answered with a pair of goals, before Oasis’ Josh Bloomfield, who shifted to attack for the game, scored his first goal of the season on a dodge from behind the goal to beat three defenders.

Midfielder Zane Davis added a goal off a faceoff win and midfielder Malcolm Feest finished out the scoring for the Bighorns.

The Bighorns girls, meanwhile, were back in sync at their away game in Reno even with the rotation of positions.

On attack, Maiya Swan started off the scoring early on in the first half with an assist from midfielder Franny Mori. As their commitment to teamwork continued, midfielder Emma Robinson scored with an assist from attacker Kailena Vasquez.

Defenders Kate Dunkin, Sadie O’Flaherty and Madi Whitaker played aggressive defense, utilizing new plays limiting the Wildfires shots on goal. Reno, though, scored twice to end the first half in a 2-2 tie.

In the second half, the teamwork continued as attackers Muir, Swan and Vasquez passed the ball rather than taking shots on goal, allowing midfielders Taryn Barrenchea, Jacie Cathey, Jaidyn Delgado, Emily Giovanetti, Meeka Erwin and Savannah Robinson shots on goal.

Midfielders Ellie Williams and Brooklyn Whitaker each had goals discounted after fouls were called on the Wildfires prior to each shot. This fueled the defenders Dunkin, O’Flaherty and Madi Whitaker to charge hard up the field each taking a shot on goal but only Whitaker’s slipped by to give the Bighorns a 3-2 lead. Attacker Alanna Muir then scored and goaltender Audrey Rasmussen had several key saves, a pair of Reno goals late in the game forced a 4-4 tie.

The U13 squad is back in action today at home at 5 p.m. against the Mount Rose Rattlers at the Churchill County Regional Park.

The U15 Bighorns will be at Spanish Springs High School for the 2015 Nevada State Lacrosse Championship. The Bighorns are the No. 1 seed and will take on the second seed from Las Vegas at 9 a.m.