Overtime goal caps wild lacrosse finish

By: Staff Report
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An overtime goal capped a wild finish to ensure a Folsom United High School sweep at the Grass Valley Stampede last weekend. Folsom’s Bailey Laolagi took the winning shot with 1:51 in overtime to give the United a 15-14 win. Laolagi scored five goals and also had an assist, while Connor O’Donnell turned in six goals with an assist. In a game where every play mattered, Ben Sheskier was credited with two goals and had three assists and Ryan Dulinski earned one goal and had two assists. The defense held tight in the last period despite the United team playing a man down for 4:30 because of penalties. The girls’ varsity and JV teams both won handily against the Gold Country teams with the girls winning 14-5 and JV boys winning 15-5. Folsom JV goalie Chris Cudney continued his high streak of saves at 75 percent, while coming out of the goal as attack in the fourth quarter and adding two goals. The defense, anchored by Caleb Pattersen, Landon Felsen and Paulo Garcia stopped the Gold Country offense. Tim Bonnington was the team leader in points with four goals and four assists, moving to the open space and letting it rip. Nathan Whitfield controlled the middle of the field between the restraining lines and added four points, while Kegan Banks, Daniel Whitfield and Jory Jimenez all had two goals. Jeremy Webber scored a goal from behind the net. The team had 11 assists, which shows their ball movement and passing to the open man. With three straight consecutive wins, Folsom JV is gaining momentum and growing in their ability to move the ball and score. They play Woodcreek this Saturday in Roseville. The youth teams also fought hard with the U11 teams continuing with a perfect season and the Folsom United U15 and U13 teams facing some tough matchups. The United U15 team hosted the El Dorado Hills Gold team early last week. Both teams came into the game undefeated and confident for victory. In a game characterized by tight defenses on both sides of the field, Folsom defeated the visitors by a single goal behind the inspired play of Ethan Quinn, who scored four of Folsom’s five goals. The victory earned the U15 team the No. 1 ranking in Northern California . The honor was short lived, as Folsom traveled to Stockton and played flat-footed for three of four quarters in weekend play. Despite their sluggish play, Folsom led Stockton by two goals with four minutes left in the game. Ultimately, however, Stockton fought back and retook the lead with two minutes remaining and held on to take the game. Stockton’s 32 shots on goal were the difference in their 12-10 victory. The U13 Falcons struggled against a more seasoned El Dorado Hills team losing 11-3, but came back against a relentless Stockton team but ultimately fell 4-3. The Folsom U11 undefeated Cardinals continued their victory streak beating Chico in back-to-back games 7-3 and 9-3. The Cardinals earned the wins with outstanding ball movement and good sportsmanship. Team leaders for the game were Emrick Gerhards and Zak Sclare.