3 Gold Country teams win in 2 tourneys
Special to The Union
The Gold Country Stampede Boys Varsity and JV teams traveled to San Jose last weekend to play tournament lacrosse at Harker Middle School, and the Lady Stampede stayed home to host two visiting teams at Nevada Union High School’s Hooper Stadium.
The Stampede Boys Varsity was scheduled to play one game Saturday evening and one game early Sunday morning. Saturday’s face off was against the City Outlaws from San Francisco.
The Outlaws jumped out early with a quick 3-0 lead which was all the wake-up call the Stampede needed. They immediately answered with three goals to end the first quarter tied. In the second quarter the Outlaws could only score once, as the Stampede kept the pressure on by scoring six more goals. At half time the Stampede led 9-4 . In the second half, both teams scored five goals each for a final score of 14-9.
Goalie Alec Hamlin had another great outing with 10 saves. Attackman Nick Harris returned to the Stampede for his first game after an early season injury to score five goals, all in the first half.
Cody Van Fossen also had a great eight-point day with four goals and four assists. Ceilidh Baxter had two goals and an assist, and Jake Heppting had both a goal and an assist. Alex Rea and Tyler Kline each scored once, Alec Shoop had two assists and Ryan Seidel added another.
On Sunday morning, the Stampede Varsity faced off against a very competitive South Valley Chief’s team. A see-saw battle ensued which saw the Stampede come up just short in the 6-5 loss. The Stampede defense held the Chiefs, who have averaged 14 to goals over their first seven games, to just six goals.
But it was not enough.
This effort was led by defensive players Nick Talbott, Joe Lavelle, Sean O’Brien, C.J. Gillespie and goalie Hamlin. Harris and Shoop each scored two goals, and Van Fossen had one. Baxter had two assists and Heppting added one.
The Stampede Varsity is 4-2 on the season and ranked second in its NCJLA division. The team travels to Elk Grove to play division opponent Pleasant Grove Eagles at 1:30 p.m. today.
The Stampede Boys Junior Varsity had a successful record at the San Jose tournament, winning three of four games, and playing well throughout the challenging weekend.
Game one, against Redding, turned out to be a good warm-up, which the Stampede JV won 11-3. John Magni was the high scorer with five goals, but several players got in on the fun. Jeremy Mortara scored twice and Peter Mitchell, Luke Agness, Jimmy Bamberg and Demetrius Holland each all scored once.
The defensive line of Ronnie Hakala, Dawson Goepel and Michael Merrill all protected goalies Logan Hemmert and Chase Brashear well.
JV also won game two, against Folsom, 14-3. This was another scoring fest, with Magni again the high scorer with four goals. But this time Corey Waldman got three goals, and Al Dentinger, Bamberg and Mortara scored two goals each. Goalies Hemmert and Brashear performed valiantly again.
On Sunday, game three against Casa Grande (Sonoma County) proved to be the most challenging. The Stampede fought back from at 6-0 deficit early in the seond quarter and outscored their opponents 8-4 in the second half.
It was a very physical game, and Casa Grande racked up a lot of penalties, as the Stampede fought back to make it a close 10-8 loss. Magni scored seven of the team’s eight goals, with Marty Andrade adding the last one. Assists were made by Dentinger, Will Muir and Dawson Goepel, and goalies Brashear and Bamberg blocked at least four and three shots, respectively.
In game four, the Stampede fought back in what they had expected to be their toughest game against Petaluma, to win again, 7-5. Magni scored three times, Holland scored twice early in the first quarter, and Andrade and Muir each scored once.
Dillon Huffman, Brashear, Mitchell and Magni all had important assists. Bamberg blocked at least five shots by Petaluma and twice coming out of the crease to check an attacking player, and twice driving nearly to midfield to clear the ball.
The Stampede JV now has a record of 5-1, as it heads back to league play next week against top-ranked Pleasant Grove Red at Elk Grove fields.
The Lady Stampede Varsity played host to two visiting teams at Nevada Union last Saturday, and emerged with a 4-4 tie in the first game against Chico, and then dominated a 19-3 win over Rancho Cotati.
The Stampede had a 4-2 lead deep into the fourth quarter, but Chico came through with two quick goals in the last two minutes to salvage the tie. Becka Bowman had two goals for the Stampede, and Natalie Smith and Nicole Bush had the other two. Kendall Barnes aided Bush with a textbook assist.
In the second game, against Rancho Cotati, the Stampede scored 19 times and Bowman led the way again with five goals, Dallas Cruickshank and Emilie Yonan each had four, Tarney Haussler had three, and Smith, Bush, and Kendra Newton all scored once.
Assists were provided by Cruickshank, Haussler, Smith, Yonan, and Barnes.
The girl’s varsity now has record of 3-0-1.
In the first two games of the season, the Lady Stampede had resounding wins of 13-6 against Pleasant Grove, and 10-2 over Orangevale.
Coach Chris Armstrong’s work with the defensive team was evident in the coverage and defensive skills displayed by goalie Carmen Avery, who has 19 saves this season, along with defenders Shelby Angus, Sierra Huffman, Toni Felix, Stacia Mack and Kendra Newton.
Newcomers Felix and Mack played in the first lacrosse games they ever saw.
Next Sunday they travel to Redding, while the Lady Stampede’s final home appearance will be on April 24, when they will host three teams.
For more information about joining the Gold Country Lacrosse Club call (530) 432-3243 or visit http://www.gcstampede.com.
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