Stampede off and running in another lacrosse season
Special to The Union
The Gold Country Stampede Gold Junior Varsity Squad is now 3-0 after two victories this weekend.
The Stampede topped the Chico Rebels 4-1 at Nevada Union Saturday and followed with a 7-6, sudden-death overtime win over Rancho Cotati in Petaluma.
Sunday’s game was reminiscent of last year’s sudden death championship game that crowned the Stampede NorCal champions.
Attackman Patrick Kontinen threaded a pass to Sky King in the crease to score the winning goal for the Stampede. The game was an aggressive battle with midfielder Chris Carcido attacking on both offense and defense, scoring two goals and winning two faceoffs. Superior defensive play came from captain Sean O’Brien, who with his defensive line held off Rancho in the final minutes. Ceildl Baxter netted an early goal in the second quarter, while Kontinen and King both finished the game with two goals each.
Against Chico, Baxter charged down the field and put the Stampede on the score board in the opening quarter. The Stampede charged out in the third quarter with 17 shots on goal to Chico’s two.
Midfielders Kevin O’Brien and Codie LaMarche netted the next two goals for the Stampede, while goalie Alec Hamlin posted two stops.
The final quarter was dominated by the Stampede with the final goal of the game coming from Kontinen. The defensive squad led by O’Brien, Joe Lavelle, Nick Talbot, Greg Jensen and C.J. Gillespie shut down the Chico offense.
7 p.m. Saturday – Orangeville Rams at Gold Country Stampede (Nevada Union HS)
Stampede JV “Black”
Noon Saturday – Gold Country Stampede at Redding Chaos
Stampede JV “Gold”
4 p.m. Saturday – Gold Country Stampede at Redding Chaos
Stampede Junior A
6 p.m. Friday – El Dorado Hills at Gold Country Stampede (Nevada Union HS)
11 a.m. Saturday – Gold Country Stampede at San Jose Extreme “Blue”
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