On the hottest day of the year, it was the Gold Country Stampede varsity that brought the heat in Saturday’s game against the Yuba City Chiatku.
Shooting and scoring often, the Stampede had their most balanced attack of the year with eight different players finding the net in the 13-4 win over a solid Yuba City team.
Leading the scoring barrage with two goals a piece were players Derek Adelman, Joe Matteoni, Jackson Sanders, Peter McDowell and Ryan Owen. Others players scoring were Colby Glass, Sam LaHaie and Alex Abreu. Abreu also led the team with four assists. Peter McDowell’s dominance at face offs kept the ball in the sticks of the Stampede.
Defensively, goalie Dylan Hopkins took over full game duties due to the injury to Nikolai Breiter the previous week, and had a strong game with eight saves. Jason Slattery also had a big game, leading the team in recovering scooped balls.
“Today, our younger players showed up and we came out strong to start the game,” assistant coach J.T. Mortara said.
The convincing win against Yuba City halted the varsity’s recent losing streak, and put the Stampede back in the playoff hunt with a season record of 4-3.
The Stampede will play out of town against a strong Stockton team on Saturday, then take on Pleasant Grove in a first-ever game in Colfax on Sunday.
JV: Gold Country 10, El Dorado 3
On Saturday the Stampede junior varsity team traveled to sunny Folsom to take on the El
Dorado Hills Trojans.
The game concluded in a 10- 3 victory for Stampede. Gold Country dominated the ﬁeld in the ﬁrst half with a lead of 5-1 through the scoring efforts of Mason Picard, Toran Maronic, Philip and Steffen Holland.
The goals in the second half were made by Jimmy Vaughn and Picard bringing the game total to 10.
The Stampede kept the El Dorado goalie working hard throughout the game. The Trojan goalie was especially quick at blocking the low shots and saved 16 of the shots on his goal but was unable to stop the overwhelming force of Stampede.
Efforts to score against the Stampede were defeated by the stellar performance of Gold Country’s defensive and middie lines which delivered strong pressure throughout the game. The third quarter saw two of Stampede’s defensive players in the penalty box at the same time.
This led to an impressive show by Jefferson Sanders on D-pole and Mitchell Glass on long-stick middie whose vigilance ﬁlled the defensive void. Goalie Kennen Beall also performed well with the heat on by saving a precarious shot on goal with two men down.
At the end of the game, Coach Sam Carroll awarded the game ball to Picard with the team in total agreement. Picard’s enthusiasm for the sport of Lacrosse is contagious and his line on the stat sheet is consistently covered with marks for goals, assists, shot attempts and ground balls at every game.
The next Stampede JV game is at 7 p.m. Friday at NU.
U13: Gold Country Stampede continue to roll.
Stampede U13 lacrosse was busy with Saturday and Sunday games this weekend.
El Dorado Hills (White) traveled up to Hooper Stadium and was quickly overwhelmed by Gold Country’s aggressive offense.
Tre Maronic attacked the defense and scored the first goal. Maronic later dished off assists allowing Dylan Scott to put a second goal on the board and a few minutes later fed Matt Hansen who also scored.
Gavin Ross passed through El Dorado’s defenders to find a cutting Reid Young who added another to the board. Maronic again ended the half with a run around the back side of the goal and completed an impressive wrap-around score, ending the first quarter up 6-0.
The Gold Country defense was very tough and caused a lot of turnovers and opportunities. Goalie Mason Zimmerman was fearless in goal with several hard shot stops frustrating El Dorado’s struggling offense. After a scoreless third quarter Colin O’Connor had an open field attack straight at the goal to score another for Gold Country. The last score came from Young ending the game in an 8-0 shutout.
Sunday in Granite Bay the Stampede took on a strong and challenging Granite Bay Grizzlies (Silver). O’Connor scored after a patient bout of adept passing. Maronic received a nice pass from Hansen to put another in the net. Later Zimmerman found an open O’Connor who scored his second goal of the day.
Playing on real grass changed the dynamics of play and the battles for ground balls were many times chaotic, scrappy, and thrilling. Many hard hits sent players to the ground on both sides. Strong Gold Country defensive performances made scoring difficult for the Grizzlies who eventually scored two goals. The Stampede ended this hard fought battle with O’Connor finding an open Rive Fredericks who added one more making a final score of 8-2. During this fast moving contest The Stampede won 85 ground balls and took 34 shots on goal.
The Stampede remains undefeated this season. The team travels to El Dorado Hills Saturday to play the Gold Team at noon.
U11: Gold Country 12, Elk Grove 9
The Gold Country Stampede U-11 team made the trek to the home of the Elk Grove Gladiators for their first road game of the season.
The Stampede came away with a bruising 12-9 victory to go 2-0 on the young season.
Colton Coughran opened the score fest for the Stampede with six first-half goals. Wyatt Flansburg added a pair of goals to stake the Stampede to a 8-4 first half lead.
The Elk Grove Gladiators regrouped at halftime, and gave the Stampede all they could handle in the second half. The Gladiators outscored the Stampede 5-4 in the second half.
Luke Peevey tended the net all day, and notched 12 saves on the day, four of which in the fourth quarter alone.
His defensive charge was aided by Jacob McCrea, Flynn Baer, and Reece Bacon, who harassed the Elk Grove scorers mercilessly all day.
The second half saw a trio of scorers adding goals for the Stampede. Tanner Swartz and Amanda Beall each added a goal, and Colton Coughran added a pair to close out the Stampede scoring.
The Stampede takes their 2-0 record to Fair Oaks next weekend, against the stellar Colts U-11 squad.
“Today, our younger players showed up and we came out strong to start the game,”
Stampede assistant coach