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United JV lacrosse advances in playoffs

By: Staff Report
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The No. 2 seeded Folsom JV United Lacrosse team heads into semifinals after an 8-0 shutout over Yuba City. With the win, the United, now with the most goals in the league this season, continues into the playoffs. They proved against Yuba City that the best offense is a good defense. Folsom JV defense of Paulo Garcia, Landon Feltsen and Caleb Patterson shutout Yuba City, being aggressive with both Feltsen and Garcia getting three groundballs each, and Patterson forcing turnovers, while the offense put up eight goals and continued team play with five assists. Folsom is the only team in the playoffs to shutout their opponent in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association JV league. Garret Slatter and Daniel Whitefield scored two goals each, while Tim Bonnington added one goal. The middies were feeding the attacks with Nathan Whitfield adding to his league-leading point total with one goal and four assists. Cole Thompson had one goal and one assist and Keegan Banks also scored once. Chris Cudney made 11 saves in goal. The United has won 13 straight games and are playing their best lacrosse of the season. They will be going for win No. 14 in a row in the semifinals this weekend at home against Pleasant Grove. Also sparring in weekend play were the Folsom United girls and youth teams. The high school United girls had a tough weekend against the Orangevale Rams and Pleasant Grove Eagles. The MVPs of the weekend were Isabelle Cassio and Amanda Sultan. The U11 Cardinals finished their regular season 17-1 with two hard-fought wins. Folsom defeated Gold Country 7-3 with Nathan Erlich earning the game ball. The Cardinals turned around to play a very close game, winning 4-2. Assistant coach Tim Gerhards was given the game ball. The U13 Falcons also earned success and avenged an earlier 4-3 loss by beating the Stockton Gladiators, 8-3. Payton Fields was high scorer with four goals. Steve Hobbs allowed only three goals filling in as a goalie for Jacob Rodkiewicz, who scored a goal in the field and added an assist.