The Gold Country Stampede 15-and-under lacrosse team opened the 2013 season Saturday with a road scrimmage against Woodcreek in Roseville.
The Stampede lost the tightly contested scrimmage 10-9 after giving up three late goals.
Gold Country held a 3-2 advantage after the first quarter and went into halftime with a 5-4 edge.
Woodcreek tied things at 6-6 by the end of the third quarter.
Woodcreek boasted a much deeper bench than the Stampede, and this advantage showed in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves scored the final three goals to slip by the Stampede by one.
The Stampede had an equal number of new and experienced players, so the scrimmage gave the team valuable game experience before the squad’s opening tournament in Redding Feb. 23 and 24.
Stampede attackman Drew Heaps displayed great speed and led the Stampede with five goals. Evan Olsen contributed three goals. Rounding out the scoring was Mitchell Glass with one goal. Daniel Sonnenberg had an impressive day as the goalie, blocking most shots that came his way. Ryan MacDonald was solid on the defensive line and caused the Woodcreek team to commit four turnovers. Defenseman Kagen Henslee was impressive in his first game, using his height advantage and long stick to drive with the ball into the offensive zone twice.
The squad’s first home game is March 2 at Nevada Union High School.
JV: Gold Country 8, Woodcreek 3
The junior varsity Stampede team, under the guiding hands of coach Roland Holland and assistant coach Donn Demostene, proved itself to be a strong contender in the coming season with a five-goal win over Woodcreek Saturday.
After a couple of early goals by the Timberwolves, Stampede players got into the groove and were able to come back and win 8-3.
Midline player Phillip Holland scored three goals, midline player Alex Abreu and attackman Mason Picard scored a pair each, and midline player Canyon Drake added one more. Additionally, every single player who took the field that day scooped up at least one ground ball. Abreu impressed on the draw, winning nine out of the 15 faceoff battles.
With three weeks to go before the Redding tournament, the junior varsity Stampede team will work to hone its skills and capitalize on the teamwork the boys demonstrated last weekend.
Gold Country Stampede registration is still open to boys and girls in grades two through 12. For registration information, visit http://gcstampede.com.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232. Deadline for submission is 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
Stampede attackman Drew Heaps displayed great speed and led the Stampede with five goals.