The Folsom United Lacrosse high school teams continue their march through the playoffs.
Folsom’s varsity and junior varsity squads won their weekend games, moving both teams to the final four. The boys’ varsity, 12-4 on the season, defeated the San Jose South Valley Chiefs and last year’s Northern California Lacrosse Association champion in San Jose, 13-7. The junior varsity team pulled off a 12-11 win over Casa Petaluma with a goal in the final 30 seconds.
The United varsity girls played their final regular season game and defeated Orangevale, 13-5. The girls ended the regular season with a 9-4 record, placing them in third place in their conference.
Seniors Alatna Walsh and Lindsey Michalek, were recognized for their efforts and success, as they added much to the Folsom Lacrosse girls program. The girls go to playoffs this weekend and have a shot at the championships on May 19.
The varsity boys played a solid game start to finish against San Jose. Folsom led 6-1 at halftime, but the Chiefs came back strong and tied the game, but the United pulled out the win.
“"Our guys did not lose their focus or confidence or their ability to win the game," head coach Stephen Royal said.
Goalie Chris Cudney stopped the Chiefs from scoring, winning three one-on-one point blank shots and rallying Folsom to maintain its lead.
Next up for the varsity boys is a match against Casa Grande Saturday.
Folsom’s junior varsity team battled Casa Petaluma to a 7-7 draw at halftime, before the second half became a defensive battle. Folsom keeper Kyle Olsen received the game ball for 15 saves, many coming late in the game to keep his team in it.
Alan Padilla also stepped up, moving from midfield to stop Petaluma’s top scorer, who scored four goals in the first half. Padilla came through and kept him off the scoreboard in the second half.
With the game tied late, Folsom scored the game-winning goal when Eric Nelson passed to Jory Jimenez, who ripped a low underhand shot to the back of the net.
With 17 seconds left, Folsom’s smothering defense closed out the game.
Tyler Crandall scored four goals and added one assist in the win, while Jimenez and Daniel Whitefield both had two goals and an assist.
Folsom now plays host to Rancho Cotati this weekend.