Gold Country Stampede teams sweep five games
Special to The Union
The Gold Country Stampede Boys Varsity Lacrosse team faced off against divisional rival Folsom-Cordova March 13 at Hooper Stadium. For the first time in club history, the varsity came out victorious against Folsom-Cordova, winning a tight contest 4-3.
The Stampede played tough defense, led by goalie Alec Hamlin’s 10 saves in the game. Nevada Union High School’s Nick Talbott and Bear River High School’s Sean O’Brien and Joe Lavelle provided the formidable Stampede defense.
Offensively, the Stampede had good balance with goals scored by Casey Meyer, Thomas Hertan, Jake Heppting and Cody Van Fossen. Alec Shoop and Cody Smith had assists in the effort. The victory brought the varsity Stampede to a record of 3-1 and places them second in their division.
The Stampede travels to San Jose this weekend for a tournament and will return to Nevada Union High School’s Hooper Stadium at 7:30 p.m. April 13 to face Sierra Foothills. The home season will be completed at 8 p.m. April 16 against Pleasant Grove, another divisional opponent.
Also last week, the Sierra Foothill Eagles were at Hooper stadium to face the 2-0 Gold Country Stampede U15 squad.
Chandler Heppe opened the scoring and appeared set for another big day. The young Stampede squad showed a lot of toughness, in their biggest physical challenge yet this season. Derek Adelman scored two goals, Colby Glass added his second goal of the season and rookie Garret Ramsour scored his first career goal.
Heppe added three assists and goalie Reed Bertran had another stellar performance, saving 11 shots. Bertran was awarded the game ball for the third game in a row.
Gold Country Stampede Boys Junior Varsity lacrosse team matched speed, agility, and ball-handling against Woodcreek’s first-year team.
The game opened with Woodcreek scoring early in the first quarter, and long minutes passed before John Magni, one of Stampede’s attackers, took the ball past the Woodcreek defense to leave the quarter tied at one all.
Woodcreek returned to the lead in the second quarter, but Magni again managed to tie the game up, 2-2, helped by the opportunity of vigorous play having put two of Woodcreek’s players momentarily in the penalty box. Before the close of the first half, Will Muir drilled in a shot, from the midfield, assisted by attacker Corey Waldman, to put Stampede into the lead.
Woodcreek rallied at the top of the second half to tie the game 3-3. In spite of the Woodcreek goalie’s laudable performance, Waldman, assisted by attacker Jeremy Mortara, pulled Stampede ahead.
Shortly after, Demetrious Holland fed a sharp pass from behind Woodcreek’s goal to Waldman who snapped it into the net before the goalie, could turn to cover it.
Shortly before the end of the third quarter Magni delivered a clean, straight shot through 20 yards of swirling players, past a startled goalie, and into the Woodcreek net to bring Stampede to a 6-3 lead.
In the final quarter, attacker Marty Andrade, assisted by Magni, and then Magni, assisted by Holland, pushed Stampede’s junior varsity team to the 8-3 victory, its second win of an undefeated season.
Next weekend will see the JV team travel to San Jose’s Harker Middle School, along with the varsity, for a two-day tournament.
The Lady Stampede Varsity opened their third season March 14 with two solid wins over Pleasant Grove 13-6, and Orangevale 10-2.
Coach Michelle Dean is expecting to take her veteran team into the playoffs again this year.
The first home games will be at 12 noon today against teams from Chico and Rancho Cordova at NU’s Hooper Stadium.
For information about Gold Country Lacrosse Club schedules and opportunities to enroll call 432-3243.
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