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JV United finish season with 7-6 loss to Chico

By: Staff Report
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The Folsom United junior varsity lacrosse team?s 14-game win streak came to an end with a 7-6 loss to Chico in the championship game. The United finished the season with a 16-4 record. Chico came out strong with three goals in the first quarter. Folsom called a play late in the first which resulted in a goal from Garrett Slater, assisted by Daniel Whitfield, which cut the deficit to 3-1. Folsom?s defense of Paulo Garcia, Landon Feltsen and Caleb Pattersen tightened up in the second period, holding Chico to one score. Midfielder Nathan Whitfield dominated the Chico defense, scoring twice in the second, once on an assist from attack Tim Bonnington, and the Folsom entered halftime trailing by one, 4-3. Folsom worked together, passed well and moved the ball to find the open man, resulting in goals by Kyle Guilliams and Nathan Whitfield, which knotted the game at five in the third period. Chico pulled ahead with two goals in the fourth, but Folsom came back, as Nathan Whitfield scored his fourth goal to make it a one-goal game, 7-6, but that?s as close as the United got. ?I told these young men to take a moment, reflect on this game, then hold their heads high for a fantastic season where they played as a team, grew as young men and created friendships they will have for years to come,? coach Ron Whitfield said. The team scored 216 goals on the season with 110 assists. The United had more than twice the points of many of the teams in Northern California. The unselfish play of the team showed in the end of the season as the NCJLA coaches voted the 22 all-stars for JV in Northern California and Folsom had the most of any team with six. Nathan Whitfield was the highest-scoring midfielder and the most points in NorCal with 59 goals and 36 assists and 95 points. Keegan Banks was the second-highest point scorer with 24 goals, 11 assists and 35 points. Cole Thompson was the fourth-highest point scorer for midfielders with 24 goals, 9 assists and 33 points. Daniel Whitfield was the fourth-highest point scorer for an attack in NorCal with 32 goals, 22 assists and 54 points. Tim Bonnington was voted all-star for faceoffs with a 79 percent win percentage, and he also had 22 goals and 12 assists for 34 points. Chris Cudney was voted one of two all-star goalies with a save percentage of 76 percent. Also playing in the championship weekend was United varsity players Ben Sheskier and Francis Wilson, who represented Folsom at the varsity all-star game.