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Lacrosse: Gold Country tops South Valley, moves into No. 2 spot in NorCal

A Gold Country Stampede player eludes some South Valley defenders during a game Sunday. The Stampede beat previously unbeaten South Valley, 12-11.
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The Gold Country Stampede faced it’s biggest test of the season Sunday, going on the road and taking on the No. 1 team in Northern California, the South Valley Chiefs.

The Stampede came into the match the No. 3 team in Northern California, and after a hard-fought, 12-11 victory, Gold Country is climbing the rankings.

The Stampede charged out to an 8-3 lead at halftime and extended the lead to 12-6 in the third quarter. The Chiefs rallied in the fourth, climbing to within one at 12-11 with 3 minutes remaining.



With the game hanging in the balance, Gold Country’s Peter McDowell won the ensuing faceoff, and from their the Stampede was able to control the ball and fend off the resilient Chiefs for the win.

“The Chiefs are a very strong team, which why they are ranked so high,” said Stampede head coach Greg Porter. “This was a good win, but we will likely see them again in the playoffs.”




Gold Country’s Derek Adelman led the way with five goals and an assist. McDowell had two goals, two assists and won 17-of-24 faceoffs. Joe Matteoni added two goals and an assist. Mason Picard, Drew Heaps and Alex Abreu all added goals, and Sam LaHaie doled out two assists. Playing solid defense for the Stampede was Jimmy Vaughn, Daniel Heaps, Jason Slatterly, Jason Demonstene, Mitchell Glass and goalkeeper Dylan Hopkins, who came up with eight saves.

On the season, the Stampede has outscored their opponents 156-59 through nine games.

With the victory, the Stampede (8-1) moved into the No. 2 spot in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association rankings. The Chiefs (7-1) slip to No. 3 and the Chico Rebels (4-0) are now in the No. 1 spot.

The Stampede and Rebels have played once this season with Chico taking the matchup, 13-10.

Gold Country played Woodcreek Friday, beating the Timberwolves for the second time this season, 20-8.

In the win, Adelman scored eight goals, McDowell had a goal, three assists and won 17-of-20 faceoffs, and Matteoni, Drew Heaps and Picard all had three goals each. Hopkins made 10 saves.

Junior Varsity

The Stampede junior varsity team survived another double header weekend, keeping their perfect record in tact. 

Friday night’s game against the Woodcreek Timberwolves gave the Stampede a bigger challenge than they expected. They had beaten the Timberwolves by 16 the last time the teams met, but came out flat and slow this time around. Woodcreek seemed to have the momentum of the game, playing fast, strong and very aggressive. At halftime, Gold Country clung to a 1-goal lead.

After receiving a conference call from head coach Dave Maronic, who is away this week, the Stampede came out fighting in the third quarter, quickly adding three goals to cushion their lead. But, Woodcreek answered back with three of their own.

The Stampede rallied in the fourth quarter to secure the win, beating the Timberwolves 13-10.  Toran Maronic was 8-for-8 in faceoff wins and scored three goals and assisted on five others.

Canyon Drake had four goals and an assist, Austin Baze won 12-of-16 faceoffs and tallied three goals.  Asher Fong had two goals and Matt Featherston scored one.  Goalie Kennen Beall had 15 saves and received the coaches game ball.

After resting their bruised and beaten bodies on Saturday, the JV Stampede traveled to Yuba City to take on the Chiatku.

Toran Maronic led the charge on offense, netting four goals, one of which was a behind the back shot that got cheers from the opponents sidelines. He also had six assists on the day. Fong could not miss at attack, scoring four goals and keeping Yuba City’s goalie guessing the entire game. Fong also had an assist and received the coaches game ball. Tre Maronic tallied three goals for the day, Drake added two goals and Featherston also fired one in.

“We are exhausted”, team captain Toran Maronic said. “It’s tough playing game after game with only 14 players and not getting much of a break.”

The Stampede played with all they could muster and helping out the offense was some impressive work by Even Glaspey and Nicco Simning. Defensively, Danny Grattan made his presence known along with fellow defenders Cade Coughran, Steven Duhamel and Brian Marsh. Stampede plays at home Friday night against Sierra Foothills where they will defend their 10-0 record.

U15

The Gold Country Stampede U15 team played the Folsom Falcons at Hooper Stadium Saturday.

The game started well for Stampede in the first quarter, scoring two quick goals based on nice effort from Reid Young, who made an assist to Cullen O’Conner for a goal, and scored unassisted for a second goal. The defense played well and supported goalie Millen Zimmerman who had some outstanding saves.

As the second quarter got under way the Folsom Falcons found their groove and Stampede had a hard time hanging onto the ball. The Falcons scored two goals to take a 3-2 lead midway through the second quarter. A strong defense and an excellent fast break goal created a clean clear from Ben Arenchild to Young who sailed the ball to Jack Matteini resulting in the Stampede’s third score. Folsom however, continued to move the ball, find open players and scored an additional two goals with 1 minute to play. The halftime score was 5-3.

After halftime, the Stampede had a difficult time matching the effort and intensity of the Falcons. The majority of the quarter was played on the Stampede defensive side of the field and Folsom scored an additional three goals.

Stampede tried to rebound and came out strong in the fourth quarter and had multiple shots on goal, but they couldn’t find the net. Mason Zimmerman finished the quarter by making an unassisted goal out of a scrum in front of the Folsom net. The final score was 8-4 Folsom.

“We matched up well early, but struggled to maintain our patience and value our possessions,” Syampede coach Chris Siebels said. “We provided too many easy turnovers as the game progressed. Once our boys recognize the importance of playing together and valuing the ball, these outcomes will change.”

Game two:

It was a breezy spring day for Gold Country Stampede’s U15 game against the Yuba City Chiatku on Sunday.

What a difference 24 hours makes.

The Stampede started strong and played consistent in a 13-10 victory against Yuba City.

“Our boys showed a lot of heart today and executed like we knew they were capable,” coach Takahashi said. “We started working better as a team and the result was a win.”

Stampede provided a strong offensive performance, as the tempo was set in the first quarter. They attempted numerous shots, converting two into scores. Yuba City matched the intensity and finished the quarter leading 3-2. Some outstanding defensive play and hustle by Aiden Tice-Raskin and Young sparked a Stampede second quarter in which physical defense resulted in numerous scoring opportunities which converted into six goals. The momentum swung decidedly in the favor of Stampede. Goals were scored by two terrific ground shots by Carsten Siebels. Chandler Brown dominated face offs converting into goals as well. O’Connor and Mason Zimmerman supplied strong shooting.

The third quarter followed up on the solid play of the second. Physical defensive play and the dedicated effort of the midfielders to get back into position helped Stampede hold Yuba City scoreless for the quarter ending in a decisive 10-5 lead for Stampede.

Yuba City would not go quietly and scored 4 quick goals at the halfway point of the 4th quarter cutting the lead to 10-9. The fans were treated to a hotly contested final four minutes as goals were traded back and forth. Stampede showed their fortitude and scored 3 goals to prevail 13-10.

This was the most exciting effort of the year by the U15 team. Stampede picked up their intensity, valued the ball, and kept Yuba City on the defensive for the majority of the game.


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