Lacrosse playoffs |

Lacrosse playoffs

In a contest that went down to the wire, the Gold Country Stampede came out on the short end of a 5-4 score in sudden-death overtime against Ross Valley in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (NCJLA) C playoffs last Saturday.

The Stampede, a first-year team comprised of Nevada County middle school students, came in as champions of the NCJLA C East Division and seeded No. 3 in the bracket. Ross Valley entered the playoffs seeded No. 6.

Defender Colby Angus scored to give the Stampede an early 1-0 lead, however, Ross Valley answered with two goals to take a 2-1 lead that stood at halftime.

Justin Lawton and Peter Mitchell scored after the intermission for Gold Country and the two teams were tied 3-3 with less than three minutes left in the game. Alec Shoop scored to give the Gold a 4-3 advantage, however, Ross Valley capitalized on a turnover to answer with the equalizer inside the final two minutes of regulation.

In overtime, the Stampede had an opportunity to score, according to coach Andrew Shoop, but Ross Valley forced another turnover and went on to score the deciding goal.

Ceilidh Baxter played his first game in the goal for the Stampede and turned in a solid performance.

This weekend, the Stampede play in the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Foundation Jamboree, with games at 9 a.m. and noon at Foothills Farms Middle School in Sacramento. This will mark the end of the Stampede’s inaugural season. The team plans to return next year and anyone interested in playing may call Shoop at 271-1236.

– The Union Staff

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