With two impressive wins in weekend action, the Gold Country Stampede rose to the top of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association North Division with a perfect 3-0 record.
On Saturday, the Stampede’s varsity squad hosted the Sierra Foothill Eagles at Nevada Union’s Hooper Stadium in their second league game of the year.
Although visiting teams usually love to play at NU because of the beautiful setting and the quality of the field, the game on Saturday could not have gone worse for the Eagles. The Stampede scored early and often in an overwhelming 15-0 win.
Head Coach Chuck Hemmert said he liked what he saw.
“It’s rare to hold a team scoreless in lacrosse, but our defense pitched a shutout today.” He said. “What more can I say?”
Although Sierra Foothill is winless for the year, Saturday was the first time the Eagles have been shutout. Senior Captain Zane Weinberger led the defensive effort and Hemmert recognized the defense’s accomplishment by handing the game ball to keeper Nickolai Breiter. Stampede’s offense was also clicking on all cylinders, with scores by 10 different players. Senior attackman Luke Agnes led all scorers with four goals and added three assists. Sophomore attackman Derek Adelman added three goals and an assist. After leading 12-0 at the half, Stampede players also had a rare opportunity to play out of position in the second half. While Agnes and Adelman picked up long poles and played defense with Weinberger, junior defenseman Daniel Heap scored his first career goal off an assist by J.T. Mortara. With the win, the Stampede remained undefeated in league heading into the Sunday’s match with the Yuba City Chiatku.
The Stampede anticipated Sunday’s match against the Chiatku in Yuba City as a much tougher test against a more physical team, but they picked up right where they left off. The Stampede scored 15 goals for the second straight day and completed an undefeated weekend with a 15-3 victory.
The Stampede controlled the ball throughout the game, as usual starting with Ryan Owen continuing his dominance in winning faceoffs. Demitrius Holland added a spark to an already strong defense that kept the Chiatku at bay all day.
Keeper Breiter had another strong game, with one of the three goals passing through loose strings in his stick’s head. After a quick repair, Chiatku had no additional scores. Agnes again led all scorers with six goals and four assists. Mortara and Adelman added three goals each, and Colby Glass added two. The Stampede plays again at 3 p.m. Saturday at Nevada Union against the other undefeated team in the division, the Chico Rebels.
JV: Sierra Foothills 10, Stampede 6
The JV Stampede were pumped for their game against cross town rivals, the Sierra Foothills Eagles.
And the Eagles were equally excited, resulting in a very aggressive and physical game with numerous fouls, including the ejection of an Eagles player for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Eagles took the lead early as the defense struggled to keep the Sierra Foothills attack from their crease. After trailing 3-0, the Stampede was able to answer with a goal by attackman Mason Picard. The Eagles answered back with another goal before the close of the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter of play, the Stampede was able to move the ball and made several shot attempts, but was unable to capitalize against a skilled Eagles goalie, who racked up 18 saves by the end of the game.
Attackman Philip Holland scored in the second quarter with an assist by Canyon Drake, but the Eagles answered by putting two more on the board. The score going into halftime was Sierra Foothills 6, Stampede 2.
The Stampede were not to be discouraged as they came back strong in the second half. Holding Sierra Foothills to two unanswered goals in the third quarter, they responded with four of their own. Gold Country got another by Holland, one by Drake, and two by Picard.
Despite a much stronger showing in the second half of play, the Stampede ran out of time and was unable to catch the soaring Eagles.
The JV team will face the Eagles again Sunday at Nevada Union,
U-15 Stampede take 1 of 3 weekend games
The Gold Country Stampede’s under-15 Lacrosse team played a double-header Saturday against the Fair Oaks Broncos in Fair Oaks.
The Stampede lost both games, but showed great resilience in the second loss.
The Stampede was less competitive in the first game and lost by a score of 13-4.
In the second game, the Stampede played much better but lost 5-4 in overtime.
In the first game, the Broncos led 1-0 the first quarter. The home team was much more aggressive in the second quarter and outscored the Stampede 5-1.
Gold Country had a respectable third quarter, matching the Broncos three goals.
But in the fourth quarter, it was all Broncos as they scored four more goals.
Simon Nielson led the Stampede attack with three goals. The leading goal scorer for the squad, midfielder Drew Heaps, scored the fourth goal.
“The team played much better in the second game, especially on defense and exceptionally well on man down defense,” Stampede coach Andy Shoop said.
In the second game the Stampede played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter, but jumped out to a 3-0 advantage by the end of the first half.
In the second quarter, Heaps scored twice and assisted on the one goal by Simon Nielson. The Stampede were unable to mount an attack in the third quarter and failed to answer to the two goals scored by the Broncos.
Heaps scored his third goal near the middle of the fourth quarter to give Gold Country a 4-2 advantage. With under three minutes to go in the game, the Fair Oaks team scored twice to tie the game at four and send the game into overtime. Fair Oaks scored the game winning goal within the second minute of the five minute extra period.
The U-15 Stampede team grabbed its first win of the season Saturday against the Yuba City Chiatku in Yuba City.
The final score was a decisive 8-4 victory.
The game started poorly for the Stampede with Yuba City controlling the opening face-off and scoring with 10 seconds off the clock.
That, however, was Yuba City’s only score in the first half.
Midfielder Heaps had an outstanding game for the Stampede. He had 12 shots on the goal and scored four times in the first quarter and twice in the third quarter.
With about three minutes left in the half, Heaps scored his third goal by stripping the ball away from the opposing goalie who was out of the crease and tossed the ball in the net before the goalie could return to the goal.
Rounding out the scoring for the Stampede was one goal each by attackman Jack Matteini and also by a defenseman playing offense, Mitchell Glass. It was both player’s first goal of the season.
Nielson helped out on the Stampede attack by getting an assist on one of Heap’s scores. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 8-2 in favor of the Gold Country team.
Yuba City scored twice more in the fourth quarter to make it interesting.
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