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Folsom lacrosse opens with scoring flurry

By: Staff Report
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Folsom lacrosse teams opened their 2012 season with great success with an overall record of 10-4 and a total scoring flurry of 128-69 over their opponents. Folsom United varsity led the victory path at tournament play in Redding. United manhandled Chico, 13-4, lost to the last year’s division leader, Pleasant Grove, 12-6, then took names in the final 12-4 victory over Spanish Springs, Nev. Bailey Laolagi led the scoring, while Ryan Dulinski, Connor O’Donnell and Ben Sheskier led the attack. Goalie Nick Antunes was the team’s outstanding defender and Lucas Santos-Cortes dominated at the faceoff position. The United JV squad played well in three games despite suffering two losses. The team’s lone win came against Rancho Cotati, 11-6. Chris Cudney was the team’s defensive most valuable player of the tournament, making 39 saves for a save percentage of more than 75 percent. Defensively, Caleb Patterson led the way along with the Paulo Garcia and Landon Felsen. Offensively, Keegan Banks and Nathan and Daniel Whitfield each scored six points, while Cole Thompson was a standout rookie with a goal and two assists. Undefeated with wins over Redding, 5-4, Chico, 11-4 and Rancho Cotati, 14-2, the U15 Hawks played their best game against Redding. Down 2-0 early and 4-2 at halftime, Folsom tightened their defense with tough play by defender Lefty Schaal and goalie Matt Holden to get the win. Crisp catching and passing and good work by the attack lines with Ethan Sclare at the helm led the way in the win over Chico. Folsom dominated Rancho Cotati from start to finish and great play by Ethan Quinn, Christian Dardano and Cameron Clark. The U13 Falcons won two of three games, beating host Redding, 14-1, and shutting out Rancho Cotati, 13-0. The Falcons fell to Chico 10-0. Joseph Patterson scored five goals in the two victories and Alex Jacobs, Patrick Snyder and Jacob Rodkiewicz each added a pair of goals and an assist in each game. David Mabourakh anchored the swarming defense with Conner Lesman, allowing only one ball to get past him in the two victories. The U11 Cardinals went undefeated with scores of 9-4 over Santa Rosa and 12-3 over Elk Grove. Gage Garfield had outstanding ball movement in the first game and Marcus Davis showed great energy and field presence against Elk Grove. “Good sportsmanship and unselfish ball movement combined with good location made for a great day in lacrosse,” said Cardinal Coach Stephen Royal.