Lacrosse: Stampede JV battles past Eagles, stays unbeaten
Under the lights of Hooper Stadium last Friday the Gold Country Stampede staved off the Sierra Foothill Eagles, 11-9, to remain undefeated.
The Maronic brothers got things started for the Stampede with Toran Maronic dishing to Tredan Maronic who netted the night’s first goal.
The Eagles responded quickly to tie the game, but the Stampede’s Austin Baze followed with a goal of his own. And so the first half went with both teams matching goal for goal. The Eagles (3-3) kept clawing away at the Stampede in the first half and by halftime Sierra Foothills was staked to a 6-5 lead.
“Sierra Foothills is a very well coached team with some great players,” said Dave Maronic. “We knew coming in, it was gonna be a battle. But, my team is relentless. I told them they needed to step it up in the second half and match their aggressive play. We did that. Our team has a lot of heart and desire for perfection. The pressure keeps mounting, but our kids know what the goal of the season is and have their eyes set on that.”
The intensity continued to mount in the second half with each team battling for the win. The Stampede’s Matt Featherston and Toran Maronic had a pair of goals in the third quarter to put Gold Country on top heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final stanza, aggressive play by both teams persisted. After goals from Toran Maronic and Baze, the Eagles tied the game once again. A clutch shot by Dylan Scott put the Stampede up by one with just a minute left in the game. Toran Maronic was able to net one more to finish up and ensure the win for the Stampede.
Maronic finished with a team high four goals to go with four assists. Baze finished with two goals and won 16-of-19 faceoffs. Stampede goalie Kennen Beall tallied nine saves.
The game ball was awarded to Danny Grattan, the teams long stick middie for his unselfish play and extreme hustle. The JV Stampede (8-0) remain undefeated and are resting this week to prepare to take on Chico next week.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232.
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