Chico State Tops Rival Sonoma State

NOVATO, CA (March 27, 2011) (April 7 update below) -- The Wildcats of Cal State Chico used a grueling Spring Break trip to Florida (four games in five days, going 1-3 against Florida, Florida State, Central Florida and South Florida) to get battle-tested and tuned up for the rest of their WCLL schedule. Chico returned home to start the new semester then hit the road again, hungry to face their perennial division rivals, the Seawolves of Sonoma State.

The Chico-Sonoma matchup usually produces tough see-saw battles, and this game did not disappoint. Chico drew first blood and built a 3-1 lead before an offensive flury by Sonoma led to an 8-6 halftime advantage. But Chico assistant coach Adam Bokmeyer's defense clamped down and allowed only two scores over the final 30 minutes.

In the end, Chico prevailed 14-10. Junior attack man Graham Nichols had a breakout game with six goals (plus an assist). Sophomore attack man Trevor Stotka also came up big with four goals, and middies Pat Holland, Henry Bowling, Doug Palmer and Grady Van Boxtel added one goal each. The Wildcats have been looking for a sustained and balanced attack this season, and to have it come together in this game was especially sweet.

Chico is now 6-5 on the year, and heading into a few non-division games before finishing its 2011 regular season with a critical three-game in-division homestand.

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UPDATE (April 2, 2011) -- Chico State traveled to University of Nevada, Reno and came away with a commanding 19-5 victory. The UNR Wolfpack had some fast-break success, but the Wildcat defense held strong otherwise. In what all Chico Nation hopes will be an ongoing trend, attack man Graham Nichols had his second consecutive six-goal game.

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UPDATE (April 7, 2011) -- The Wildcats took care of business, beating the Montana Grizzlies 20-2 at Chico Stadium. Could attack man Graham Nichols extend his streak by scoring six goals in a third straight game? No, he didn't. He scored seven. Long-stick middie Alex Elson got on the board, twice. Attack man Trevor Stotka also scored two goals, and led the assist stats with four.


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