Folsom lacrosse continues winning streak

By: Staff Report
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Folsom Lacrosse continued to earn more wins than losses with two of its age groups remaining undefeated in weekend play. The United high school girls opened their season with a win and a loss, defeating Orangevale 7-6 but losing to Pleasant Grove 17-10. With the game tied at six, the United scored in the final three minutes to take the 7-6 lead and went on to win the game. Goalie Nicole Terry had a phenomenal save percentage of 63 percent and Sidney Knudsen was the top scorer with three goals. The United girls had a tough start against Pleasant Grove, but were able to kick it into gear towards the middle of the first half and then stuck with Pleasant Grove for the remainder of the game. Amanda Sultan was the leading scorer with four goals. Julia Poremba and Deanna Doering were most valuable players of the weekend. The United JV boys decisively beat Elk Grove in its first home game of the season, 11-6. The Elk Grove Gladiators came out strong, working up a 3-1 lead in the first period, but the Folsom United adjusted their defense and with offense led by Keegan Banks and Tim Bonnington, scored five goals in the second period. Banks finished with three goals and two assists. The defense tightened their coverage with a standout performance from Kyle Guilliams and goalie Chris Cudney, who continues to play at a high level and finished with a save percentage of 71 percent. Attacks Daniel Whitfield and Garrett Slater continued their scoring and assist streak with two goals and one assist for Whitfield and one goal and one assist for Slater. The JV and varsity teams play the Gold Country Stampede in Nevada City on Saturday. The U15 United remained undefeated with an 11-4 victory over Elk Grove and a sudden death 7-6 win over Sierra Foothills. Tough defense on both ends of the pitch characterized Folsom’s first of two games on Saturday. Folsom’s attack, led by Justin Dulinski, shined against Elk Grove, as he scored several goals and forced several turnovers on transition defense. Meanwhile, Folsom’s air-tight defense, lead by Conor Schaal, held Elk Grove to a mere four goals in the match. In an unusual event, Folsom’s goalie was flagged with a slashing penalty, forcing defender Zach Hohloch to play the position. During the one minute penalty, Hohloch saved a goal on a tough shot. In its most difficult challenge to date, the Folsom U15 squad survived an overtime challenge by Sierra Foothills. It was a game of two entirely different halves. With a quick start, Ethan Quinn took the first two faceoffs straight into the defender’s zone to score, then effective passing and ball control by Folsom ruled the rest of the half. However, a late penalty, which carried over into the second half, gave Sierra Foothills the confidence to mount a comeback. Trailing 6-3 as the half began, Sierra Foothill took Folsom out of its game with tough transition defense. With only minutes left in the game, Sierra Foothill scored its third unanswered goal to send the game into overtime. The game ended midway through the extra period as Christian Dardano picked up a loose ball in Sierra Foothill’s defense and fired the game-winning shot. The U13 Falcons split games with a loss to Granite Bay 9-3 and a 7-4 victory against Sierra Foothills. Jacob Rodkiewicz had a great game in goal, despite it being his first appearance in the position. Alex Jacobs and Payton Fields led the offense. The U11 Cardinals remained undefeated by earning two wins and dominating in nearly every aspect of the game. From winning all but two faceoffs to controlling the ground balls, effective ball movement and shot selection, the U11 Cardinals ran on all cylinders in wins over Sacramento (12-3) and Elk Grove (9-2). Game balls were earned by Jackson Alford and Cobin Leitch for excellent field sense and unselfish play.