The Stampede varsity squad split games over the weekend with a 12-8 victory over the Folsom Falcons Friday night and a 16-6 loss to their division rival Chico Rebels on Saturday.
With the split, Gold Country falls to second place in the North Division, but remains in strong contention for a playoff spot.
Friday night took the Stampede to Livermore Field in Folsom for a rematch with the Falcons. On March 7, the Falcons had handed the Stampede their second loss of the season at NU’s Hooper Stadium. However, this game had a much different feel from the start.
Junior attackman Derek Adelman was the story of the day, scoring the first three goals of the game and adding two assists, and at halftime Gold Country led 6-2.
In the third quarter, Adelman added two more and with goals by midfielders Joe Matteoni and Ryan Owen. Stampede led 10-4.
In the fourth quarter, the Stampede survived a late rush by the Falcons to cruise to victory. Although the Stampede’s starting defense of Amani Senegal, Daniel Heaps and Cade Mathews played the majority of the game as usual, they held off Folsom at the end. Keeper Dylan Hopkins had eight saves to seal the win.
Defense was particularly important in this win as Folsom was very strong in face offs and controlled the ball much of the time.
In contrast to recent games with balanced scoring across the team, Adelman was on fire, taking control of the game and scoring seven of the teams 12 goals.
Ryan Owen added three, and Matteoni and sophomore midfielder Peter McDowell added one each.
At the end of the day, the win brought the Stampede’s record to 8-4, just ahead of Folsom in the NCJLA standings.
After a big win against Folsom late Friday night, the Stampede varsity found themselves battling fatigue and injuries on Saturday against a very good Chico Rebels team.
Trailing 6-3 at halftime the challenges mounted as the game finished 16-6 in favor of Chico.
“We played our hearts and souls out Friday night in the big win against Folsom, but facing a tough team Saturday against Chico, we just could not muster the energy to stay competitive,” Stampede head coach Ed Mortara said.
Cade Mathews played a strong game defensively and led the team in recovered ground balls. On Saturday, Derek Adelman led scoring with three goals and had a career best weekend with 10 goals from his attack position. Owen added two goals on Saturday and also had a career high five goals from his midfielder position.
The Gold Country Stampede players are looking forward to a rematch with Chico as it looks like they will face each other in the playoffs in early May. The last home games of the year will be against Elk Grove April 27.
JV: Victory over Chico in Sudden Death Overtime
The Gold Country Stampede’s JV squad solidiﬁed their path to the championships with an 8-7 victory over the Chico Rebels in sudden death overtime Saturday at the NU stadium.
“This was the most exciting game of lacrosse I have ever witnessed in my life,” head coach
Sam Carroll said of the win.
The ﬁrst period started with the Stampede taking the lead 3-0 ready to redeem themselves after their previous loss to Chico the week before. By halftime, the Stampede was leading 6-1.
Chico’s coach, Thomas Hertan, who got his start playing lacrosse for Gold Country Stampede in the leagues early years, must have found the words to inspire his Rebels because they came back strong for the second half, immediately scoring three goals to the Stampede’s one in the third period. Chico scored two more goals in the fourth period but the Stampede held them at bay keeping their lead of 7-6. Then, with two minutes left in the game Chico scored again tying the score 7-7.
The game went into sudden death overtime with Vaughn on the face-off. Toran Maronic got the ball and moved it to Steffen Holland who passed it to Mason Picard. The ball went out on Picard’s shot and Chico took possession. A clear Chico to Chico pass was intercepted by Ben O’Lena who captured the ball and sent it ﬂying to Masan Picard who made the winning shot on goal.
Teamwork was seen with each score and save throughout the game. For the ﬁrst score, goalie Noah Mertens made a save, passed to O’Lena who sent it to Picard who scored and put the Stampede on the scoresheet. For the Stampede’s second point, Philip Holland had a clean shot on goal as the Rebel defense was busy tracking the ball as it ﬂew from Jason Demostene to O’Lena to Picard and then to scorer Holland with lightening speed. Stampede’s third period point was made after Maronic ran like an Olympic champion to rescue a ball before it went out and delivered it to Holland who scored. Other scoring offense players were Steffen Holland and Jimmy Vaughn whose face-off talent also landed more than half the games draws in the Stampede’s possession. Ten different players took control of ground balls, another way the Stampede kept the ball in their teams charge.
The action for defense was relentless in the second half. The Chico Rebels, who had been undefeated for two seasons, desperately wanted another win. They moved as a solid force to attack the goal but Stampede’s defense would turn them back. Goalie Noah Mertens answered the Rebels persistent attacks with 13 saves on goal. At the end of the game, the game ball was held up and the team unanimously declared “Noah!” “Goalie!” as the recipient. When asked about his thoughts on the game Mertens said, “It was deﬁnitely a team effort. There was no real weak point in our play today. We just got out there and did what we had to do to win. It was a great game. Great job on everyone’s part.”
U13: Stampede tally two more wins
Stampede U13 lacrosse continues dominance on the field adding two more wins to their undefeated season this weekend.
Their first game against Sierra Foothills was the warm up for the talented Stampede team.
They dominated the team from the start, winning the beginning face off and every face off after. Their relentless hustle on the field allowed them to scoop up 67 ground balls, take 27 shots on goal, and score 14 in yet another shut out.
Game 2, proved to be much more challenging against the Red Team from Folsom. The Stampede and Folsom traded goals and played a very equal matchup to a score of 5-5 with about a minute left in the first half.
Two quick scores had Gold Country up 7-5 at the half but the game felt like an even match with Folsom leading a couple of times on their way to this midpoint in the game.
The second half began with Tre Maronic feeding Tanner Takahashi for an in-air receive and in to make it 8-5.
Millen Zimmerman with a beautiful assist to Chandler Brown made it 9-5. Zimmerman had a solo run resulting in yet another score making it 10-5. Gold Country’s defense continued to clamp down while the offense continued to blaze and Folsom struggled and floundered.
Dylan Scott tossed a nice pass to Cullen O’Connor to score. Millen again feeding Matt Hansen added another, then shortly thereafter Millen again for a wizardly fake out sent the Folsom goalie one way then tossed in the shot for another score. On another Gold Country offensive sequence O’Connor threaded defenders, switched and successfully scored with a left handed shot. Dylan Scott scored two more goals in the last minutes before Folsom finally scored one last goal to end this contest with another decisive Stampede victory 16-6.
U11: Stampede beats Spartans 6-3
On a picture perfect day at Magnolia field the Stampede U-11 Team took their 5-1 record into a match-up with the Stockton Spartans.
They would battle their way to their sixth win of the season beating the Spartans 6-3 in a bruising contest.
The Stampede opened strong with first quarter goals by Tyler Dzioba and Colton Coughran. Dzioba and Tanner Swartz added goals in the second quarter to stake the Stampede to a 4-2 halftime lead.
With the game in the balance, the Spartans opened a fierce second half with an early goal to close the Stampede lead to one. The relentless defense of the Stampede kept the Spartan players frustrated all day, limiting them to one second half goal.
Sam Walker, Jacob McCrea, Shawn Rashby and Gerick Myers hounded the Spartans all day, making sure any shots on goal were hotly contested. When the Spartans did get shots off, goalie Wyatt Flansburg was waiting, notching seven crucial saves on the day. Swartz added an insurance goal in the fourth quarter to give the Stampede some breathing room, and to ice the game.
The Stampede U-11 Team takes their 6-1 mark on the road next week to Davis, playing a 4 p.m. game on the 100th Anniversary of UC Davis’ Picnic Day.