The prep lacrosse season officially kicked off last weekend at the Redding Jamboree. The Gold Country Stampede was well represented by several teams who were anxious to show their stuff and start their season.
Teams from all over Northern California converged for tournament play in this annual event.
The Gold Country Stampede’s under-15 team opened league play Saturday against the Pleasant Grove Eagles. The Stampede got going early, scoring two quick goals in the first 61 seconds. However, the Eagles came screaching back and by halftime held a 7-4 advantage. In the second half, both teams traded goals but, in the end, the Eagles prevailed, winning the game, 13-11.
A strong offensive effort was given by midfielder Drew Heaps who led all attackers with five goals, and he won the majority of face-offs. Also scoring for the Stampede was Evan Olson with three goals and Simon Nielsen with three goals.
The Stampede’s U-15 team took the field for a second game at the jamboree Sunday morning, and ran into trouble against an impressive Red Bluff Rhinos team. The Stampede were unable to slow the Rhino’s attack. Red Bluff led the Stampede at halftime by a score of 6-1. In the second half, the Rhinos outscored the Stampede 7-3, resulting in a nine-point victory for Red Bluff.
Stampede offenseman Nielsen played well in this game and scored three goals. Heaps added another.
Regular season play begins this Saturday at Nevada Union High School. Both the junior varsity and under-15 teams will take on the Woodcreek Timberwolves. The faceoff for under-15 game is at 10 a.m. and junior varsity begins at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.
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.