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Stampede rumble into No. 1 ranking after thumping Chico

Gold Country Stampede's Joe Matteoni slips past a Chico defender during a game Saturday.
Submitted photo by Matt Heaps |

The Gold Country Stampede barreled their way into the top spot in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association after throttling former No. 1 Chico, 14-5, Saturday at Hooper Stadium.

“This was the statement that needed to be made,” Stampede head coach Greg Porter said to his team. “With wins over Chico and South Valley, you deserve to be number one. But fellas, we still have some tough games to go before the playoffs.”

The Stampede (10-1) ran through the Rebels (6-1) with a balanced attack as Drew Heaps, Joe Matteoni and Mason Picard all scored three goals each. Darek Adelman added two goals and Dannon Ivey along with Jimmy Vaughn added one each.



Stampede captain Peter McDowell won 12 faceoffs and dished out four assists in the win. Picard added two assists and Alex Abreu, Sam LaHaie, Matteoni and Jackson Sanders also doled out an assist each.

Tending the net was Dylan Hopkins with six saves.




With the varsity Stampede team now in first place, Gold Country has the top teams in Northern California at both the varsity and junior varsity levels.

“The tremendous accomplishments so far by the JV and varsity teams are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, coach (Dave) Maronic, coach Porter and coach Mortara,” said Gold Country Stampede president Bruce McDowell. “We are very proud and hope we continue on this roll to the playoffs.”

Leading up to the game with Chico, the Stampede was tested by Folsom, but eventually overcame the Falcons, 13-10, Friday.

Heaps led the Stampede with four goals, Peter McDowell added three goals, and Adelman, Matteoni, Picard and Sanders each netted one goal.

The Stampede have now won eight straight games and have outscored their opponents this season by a combined tally of 183-74.

Next up for the Stampede is a 1 p.m. Saturday bout with the Stockton Spartans.

JV: Stampede continue to stomp competition

Gold Country Stampede’s JV remained unbeaten after a 9-5 victory over the Chico Rebels Saturday.

The Rebels are one of the best teams in the league and gave the Stampede a run for their money last time they played so coach Maronic knew it wouldn’t be an easy road ahead.

“Just another step closer,” he said. “Chico is always a test but my boys passed again. Sacramento is next, no time to enjoy this one as we have three games in a week starting Sunday to finish the season. Again, another big win but the battle continues…”

Tredan Maronic started the game off with a quick shot on goal assisted by Asher Fong. The Rebels answered back quickly with a netted goal. But, the Stampede had the momentum for the rest of the game. Gold Country led 7-2 at half time with scores from Toran Maronic, Fong and Canyon Drake.

The second half started and the Rebels had back-to-back goals while the Stampede was held scoreless in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Tredan Maronic was beautifully assisted by Austin Baze for his second score of the day. Toran Maronic managed to scoop a ball at the 50 yard line, sprint past the entire Rebel defense and shoot an amazing, unassisted, unguarded, breakaway goal. The game ended with the team running and tackling their goalie, Kennen Beall, who once again, made extraordinary saves to secure another win. Beall was awarded the game ball, unanimously by all four coaches.

The Stampede takes on the Sacramento Stingers in Sacramento on Sunday in hopes of keeping their perfect record.

U15: Stampede falls after hard-fought battle with Fair Oaks

The rematch with Fair Oaks showcased the ever improving Grass Valley U15 team.

The first match up earlier in the season was dominated by Fair Oaks. But on Saturday, Gold Country took the field with strong, aggressive defense and enough scoring from the offense that kept Fair Oaks concerned throughout the game. Fair Oaks eventually left with the victory 7-5 in a close competitive contest.

“The team played a respectable, hard fought, competitive game,” said coach Takahashi. “Can’t ask for more…great effort. They hustled more and showed their skills with much more confidence. It was a completely different game this time and a testament to the hard work they have been putting in.”

Scoring for the Stampede was Cullen O’Conner with two goals, and Chandler Brown, Reid Young and Michael Trujillo with one goal each. Goalies Tanner Takahashi and Millen Zimmerman combined to make eight saves.

”Great effort top to bottom,” said coach Siebels. “They were right in there to the end. We are really starting to see the skills come together.”

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


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