Petaluma, CA – Over 25 team descended on Petaluma for the 3rd Annual Gold Rush. With 60 degree weather, sunny skies, and a cool wind, the picturesque setting in the midst of wine country was perfect for lacrosse. On Saturday two teams, Team NorCal (HS Open) and P-Town Elite (HS Elite) walked away champions. Sunday three teams, All West (10U), All West (12U) and Team NorCal (14U) snagged a medal. Additionally, the Gold Rush participated in the US Lacrosse Pilot Sanctioning Program to create a better experience for all of its participants.
The High School tournament on Saturday featured teams from all over the Bay Area and Spanish Springs lacrosse from Reno, NV. Competition was fierce from the beginning with multiple one goal games and some rich battles. As the teams battled throughout the day, 101 North Elite pulled away to snag a spot in the championship game, while P-Town Elite did the same. A rematch from the week prior in the Sonoma County Classic, which ended in OT, the team traded goals. About midway through the 1st half the score was tied 3-3, but P-Town would wait no longer. They began to pull away 7-4 and never looked back, finishing with a strong win to end the day.
In the High School Open division, games were again close, but two teams pulled away, Team NorCal and 101 San Francisco Gold. The two would meet in the final at the end of the day. NorCal jumped out to an early lead and despite a battle by the 101 SF Gold team, the lead would not be relinquished. NorCal would go on to win the HS Open division and make the drive back to Palo Alto, a victorious one.
Sunday featured three youth division with All West nabbing championships in 10U and 12U, while Team NorCal finished first in 14U. The 10U division was highlighted by NorthBay Swell who snagged the number 1 seed in the finals against All West. Despite an earlier loss to Northbay Swell, AWE was able to control the ball and pull away from an early one goal game to win the championship.
The 12U division featured heated contests in the semifinals and finals as ADVNC EB battled 101 Sonoma while All West battled ADVNC Sacramento. ADVNC EB and 101 Sonoma was a back and forth affair. A one goal contest throughout the game, the ADVNC EB was able to get a lead late and then hold on to advance to the championship. All West started slow, but got going on all cylinders to beat ADVNC Sac. In the final, AWE continued their high level play with a controlled and focused effort able to win the championship.
In the 14U division, Team NorCal jumped out to early leads on their opponents and never looked back. Meanwhile the Sacramento Aces battled 101 Sonoma / SF for a spot in the championship. The Aces jumped out to a 3 goal lead and 101 Sonoma was never able to close the gap despite outscoring the Aces 5-2 down the stretch. In the championship NorCal picked up where it left off and was able to take the title.