On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Mather Field, the Gold Country Stampede varsity lacrosse team overwhelmed Rio City, 17-4, in the opening match of league play.
The offensive onslaught was led by senior Luke Agness and sophomore Derek Adelman with five goals each. Many goals were the result of nifty passing and assists before finding the net. J.T. Mortara had three goals and Tony Richardson, Morgan Hansen, Colby Glass and Ryan Owen each scored to round out the offensive barrage.
Owen won 12-of-15 face offs and goalie Nikolai Breiter was a wall with 11 saves. The defense was stellar all game.
After the game, exuberant head coach Chuck Hemmert proclaimed the win as a total team effort.
“Our defense came to play,” he said. “We were quick to the ball and Zane Weinberger shut down Rio’s biggest scoring threat. Our offense worked the ball to perfection on many of our scores with great plays in transition. Ryan Owen was unstoppable and was awarded the game ball.”
The Stampede play again Saturday at NU’s Hooper Stadium against Sierra Foothill. The varsity game starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
JV: Woodcreek 9, Gold Country 8
The Stampede junior varsity came out strong against the Woodcreek Timberwolves Saturday, a team they had beat in a pre-season scrimmage, but the Timberwolves had their sights set on revenge, topping the Stampede by one.
The two teams were well-matched and it was an exciting nail-biter until the end.
The Stampede dominated in the first quarter with goals by attackmen Mason Picard and Canyon Drake. Aggressive defense kept the Timberwolves scoreless and Stampede closed the first quarter of play up 2-0. Another goal by Picard at the beginning of the second quarter seemed to ignite the fire of Woodcreek, and they answered with three goals themselves.
With the game tied at three apiece, the intensity and energy seemed to soar. Aggressive defense up and down the field, strong stick skills, and adept ball handling kept the momentum high throughout. A stunning, fast break goal by Jackson Sanders allowed Stampede to take the lead, 4-3.
But with every Stampede goal, Woodcreek seemed to answer. The Timberwolves tied it again. Seven impressive saves by goalie Stefan Holland, a pair of goals by attackman Philip Holland, and another goal each by Drake and Picard was still not enough. Woodcreek answered each challenge, and, in the end, were victorious with a final score of Woodcreek, 9, Stampede 8.
Despite the loss, Stampede impressed and coach Roland Holland was proud of his team’s performance and their cohesive teamwork throughout the game.
The Stampede take the field again at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium to face Sierra Foothills.
U15: Woodcreek 7, Gold Country 3
Gold Country’s under-15 Stampede squad played their first home game of the season at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium Saturday against the Woodcreek Timberwolves.
The Stampede improved considerably on defense since last weekend’s Redding Lacrosse Jamboree, but still came up short, losing by a score of 7-3.
Time of possession was clearly in favor of Woodcreek as the Stampede only managed nine shots on the opponent’s goal.
Daniel Sonnenberg had a good day in the goal as he stopped 16 shots.
Woodcreek scored a pair of goals in each of the first two quarters. It wasn’t until the middle of the second quarter that attackman Simon Nielsen scored one for the Stampede. The score at halftime was 4-1.
The third quarter was tightly fought as neither team scored a goal.
Woodcreek’s experience and deep bench helped in the final quarter as they scored three more goals.
Midfielder Drew Heaps managed to get six shots off for the Stampede and scored on two of them.
On his second score, Heaps maneuvered through four defenders to put the ball into the net.
The under-15 squad returns to action Saturday with a weekend doubleheader, starting with the Fair Oaks Broncos at Fair Oaks Saturday, and a Sunday game against the Yuba City Chiatku in Yuba City.
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