Folsom United high school lacrosse teams off to solid startBy: Staff Report
The Folsom United varsity and junior varsity won tough home games over Pleasant Grove this weekend.
The varsity team beat the Eagles 12-9 with a solid game of settled offense and aggressive defense. The win was the first for the varsity over Pleasant Grove in several years. Pleasant Grove was the top varsity team in the division last year.
Chris Cudney performed excellent in the goalie position and Landon Feltsen on defense earned the game ball for his focused and controlled defense.
The Pleasant Grove victory puts their overall record at 2-2.
The varsity played in a Redding tournament last weekend, playing a couple of Bay Area teams and leaving weekend play with a win and two losses. Senior attack Ben Sheskier and junior midfielder Seth Rockenbach were recognized for their tournament play.
The JV squad also got a win this past Saturday against Pleasant Grove, 15-6, starting the season with a 3-1 record and in good position to have a successful season.
“The team this year has started strong and is passing well and really showing its strength in dodging,” Coach Ron Whitfield said. “I was really pleased with how our attacks responded in this past game with Pleasant Grove scoring seven of our team’s 15 goals.”
The JV had a good tournament last weekend with outstanding defense and goalie play. The midfielders drove the offense with their dodging and scoring.
Folsom Lacrosse has added specialized goalie training this season and it has really shown with JV goalie Kyle Olsen playing very well, having made 34 saves through four games, and being backed up very well by a strong defense with Andre Davis, Matt Fields-Nelson, Austin Rothrock, Andrew Pascuzzo and Justin Dulinski as a long pole middie that has showed hustle on the faceoffs and stops on the defense.
The offense has been led by sophomore Cole Thompson with 15 points (12 goals, three assists) and attack Daniel Whitfield with 10 points (five goals, five assists). Freshman Eric Nelsen has stepped up his game as the team faceoff specialist, winning 65 percent, and the second-highest goals on the team with seven. Sophomore Tyler Crandel has made his mark on this team with aggressive defense and clearing and dodging extremely well to score six goals.
Ethan Sclare moved from attack last season to midfield on the JV team and has added four points (three goals, one assists) to start the season strong. Sophomore attacks returning this year Jory Jimenez, Jeremy Webber and Jarod Hansen have all scored and added assists to show the depth of this team.