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Lacrosse: Stampede rolls past Folsom, Napa

Gold Country Stampede's Derek Adelman moves in on a Napa player. The Gold Country Stampede improved to 6-1 this season after beating Napa, 17-3, Saturday at Hooper Stadium.
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The Gold Country Stampede varsity lacrosse team continued its impressive start to the 2015 season with a pair of convincing wins last weekend.

The Stampede now stands at 6-1 this season after throttling Folsom, 20-6, Friday and crushing Napa, 17-3, Saturday. Through seven games the Stampede has outscored their opponents 124-40.

Playing a previously unbeaten Folsom team in Folsom, the Stampede rose to the occasion and tallied 20 goals, matching their season high. Leading the way for the Stampede was senior Captain Derek Adelman with 10 goals. Freshman Drew Heaps added five goals, Peter McDowell won 11-of-22 face off opportunities, and keeper Dylan Hopkins tallied five saves.



“In a game where we played a good opponent, we found a way to play our game,” said Stampede head coach Greg Porter. “We had to fight to find our way through sometimes. Speed and smartness won this game for us.”

It was the third time the Stampede reached 20 goals this season, and they have not been held under 17 goals in each of their six wins.




The Stampede welcomed Napa to Hooper Stadium Saturday, but were not especially hospitable to the visiting Force, racking up 17 goals on their way to a lopsided victory.

In the win, Adelman, McDowell and Heaps each netted four goals.

“That’s what we need to do, get the next ground ball, bury the next shot, run up the field as fast as you possibly can,” said Porter after the game. “You know what? It’s not as sexy, it’s not as polished, it may not get the press in the paper, but you’ve done something good.”

The Stampede will now gear up for Woodcreek Friday, then the No. 1 ranked South Valley Chiefs in San Jose Sunday.

Junior varsity

The Gold Country junior varsity team remained undefeated after another strong weekend of lacrosse action.

Friday night the Stampede beat the Folsom Falcons, 12-5, then followed that with a 13-5 victory over the Sacramento Stingers.

The Stampede’s defense, led by Steven Duhamel, set the tone of the game. Duhamel and the Stampede defenders created a barrier between their opponents and the goal and dominated the defensive side of the field. Goalie Kennen Beall had an amazing 18 saves to keep the Falcons at bay.

Offensively, Tredan Maronic and Canyon Drake lead the charge with the bulk of the assists and goals. Asher Fong, Dylan Scott and Toran Maronic also contributed goals to help secure another win.

In Saturday’s victory over the Stingers, Gold Country dominated the game both offensively and defensively. Toran Maronic lead the offense, coming out fast and strong and tallying five goals and four assists for the day. Austin Baze followed with three goals, Fong and Drake tallied two each, and Tredan Maronic netted one goal.

The defense held strong with a superior effort by Cade Coughran who also received the game ball by the coaches.

“Another good week of lacrosse,” said stampede head coach David Maronic. “These boys are focused and understand the importance of preparation. We have three kids out and for our players go out on Friday and Saturday with 14 players against teams trying to be the first to beat us, it’s impressive to watch. Our transition game and passing game has been hitting on all cylinders and we hope that continues. Every team has it out for us and we are up to that challenge.”

U15

The competitive rivalry continues between the Gold Country Stampede and the Rebels from Chico, as two of the best lacrosse programs in the area battled it out in the U15 division.

It was the Rebels that took this installment of the rivalry, 9-3.

The game started with some defensive back and forth, but no scoring until Chico intercepted an outlet pass and netted a goal to break open the scoring.

Gold Country answered with a driving Chandler Brown feeding Cullen O’Connor to even things up. Chico scored twice more, before Mason Zimmerman scooped a loose ball in front of Chico’s net and scored to bring the match to 3-2.

Late in the half, Chico went on roll and very quickly scored four goals in succession ending the half with a 7-2 lead.

The second half was filled with hard fought defense and well matched play and several inspired saves by goalie Tanner Takahashi. Brown scored one more time to add to the tally, but that would be it for Gold Country.

“The team played well against a formidable team,” coach Chris Siebels. “Defense did well. We were right in there with them except for that four goal run.”

Coach Michael Takahashi added, “the team showed progress and promise on the things we have been developing in practice. The boys played with good intensity and I am proud of their performance. They matched them on the field for a competitive game against a very good undefeated team.”

U13

The Gold Country U13 team entered their first home doubleheader of the year looking to rebound from a stinging loss against Fair Oaks the week before.

Facing the Chico Rebels-B team, the Stampede wasted no time getting back on track, winning 14-1.

The Stampede fired out of the gate, leading 8-0 at the end of the first period.  Colton Coughran led the charge with three goals in the quarter, Matt Hansen added a pair, and Cameron Pratt, Erik LaCoss, and Logan Lapkass all netted goals.

Hansen added a  goal in the second to stake the Stampede to a 9-0 halftime lead.  Wyatt Flansburg once again tended a stingy net, shutting out the Chico squad until the last minute of the third period, when Chico scored their only goal. Flansburg notched nine saves on the game. The Stampede defense was suffocating, with Cameron and Spencer Pratt, Sam Walker, Jacob McCrea and Flynn Baer locking down the Chico attack all game.

Game two resembled a Jekyll and Hyde turnaround, as the Stampede came out flat in the first half against the Chico A Team, staking the Rebels a seven goal lead. With the Stampede attack missing in action, and the defense left in tatters, the Stampede regrouped in the second half with three unanswered goals.

Coughran started the run in the third period, followed by goals from Conner Trujillo and Landon West in the fourth.

With a faint sign of life in the offing, the Chico Rebels responded with a final goal to close out the scoring, and leave with an 8-3 win.

The Stampede will regroup this week, and prep for another two games this next weekend against the Folsom Falcons and the Granite Bay Grizzlies.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at sports@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232.


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