The Gold Country Stampede left the newly snow-covered hills to compete in their first lacrosse tournament of the season last Saturday, competing in the Yolo 7-on-7 Tournament in Davis.
Gold Country put together a small U19 team consisting of players as old as high school senior Ryan Owens, as young as eighth-grader Drew Heaps, and first-year player Amani Senegal.
But despite the wide range of ages and experience, the Stampede finished with two wins and one loss in pool play, and then lost the championship game to a strong U19 team from the East Bay.
This year was the inaugural year for the Yolo 7-on-7 tournament, and although the number of teams was limited, the competition was not.
Most clubs attending were elite hand-picked teams from Northern California or the Bay Area, such as the Sacramento ADVNC Club and the Tahoe Tikis. Gold Country’s strong showing indicates this year’s squad should compete well in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association’s East Division.
The Gold Country Stampede U13 Lacrosse team also took to the field against some very stiff competition. Playing four games against top-level travel teams from Granite Bay, Santa Rosa, El Dorado Hills and Sacramento, the Stampede found themselves on the losing end of each game. Although the results were disappointing, the effort and determination were outstanding. The Stampede U13 team was very competitive on the field. The offense was led by Trey Maronic with 15 goals, Matthew Hansen tallied 11, Chandler Brown added three and Ben Arenchild along Millen Zimmerman finished with two apiece. The defensive effort was anchored by Eric Chastain, Ben Arenchild and Matt Blaz.
In a consistent effort on both sides of the ball, the mid-field line was led by Tanner Takashi, Mason Zimmerman, Rion Bindewald and Austin Breyer. The Stampede U13 team is set to begin regular season practice in mid-January with the first league game set for early March.
Gold Country Stampede is currently recruiting for the spring lacrosse season. Kids in grades two-12 can play the “fastest sport on two feet” with your hometown lacrosse club. Practices start in January, and games run through May.
Registration is open to all prior and new players. Please call Mike Abreu for information at 530-273-6274. For information and to register, go to http:// gcstampede.com.