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Philly girls enjoying experience at US Lacrosse’s Champion High School Showcase

Sunday, 18th July 2010

Categories Girl's/Women's, Posted 7/18/10
From Staff Reports and US Lacrosse

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill HS, MD) scored four goals and added three assists in two games and three Philly girls made huge contributions to help Spirit to a 2-0 start today in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase (HSS), a four-team US Lacrosse all-star event, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

US Lacrosse has brought lacrosse to the ESPN Rise Games, an annual multi-sport festival, for the first time with the HSS.

Cyr (2g, 2a), one of dozens of US Lacrosse All-Americans to comprise the rosters of the four HSS teams, led a balanced attack as Spirit upended Liberty, 12-7, in a morning game. She was one of 11 goal-scorers, some of whom benefited from three assists by Megan Brown (Menlo, Calif.).

Kelyn Freedman, the Player of the Year and MaxPreps National Player of the Year from Radnor High, led Liberty with three goals and one assist. Also on Liberty is Upper Dublin All-American Amy Cross (signed with Syracuse) and her mother, Dee Cross, one of the co-coaches.

Sprit was also led by midfielder Camille Richardson, a Berwyn native who graduated from Lawrenceville School (N.J), goalie Melissa Lloyd (Unionville) and midfielder Margaret Corzel (Merion Mercy Academy).

Richardson was able to hold her own on the draws against Freedman, known as one of the top players in the nation at the draw. Corzel has played standout defense and Lloyd made numerous big saves.

“We just kind of clicked,” said Richardson, who will attend Columbia. “I was surprised at how much chemistry we had. We trust each other already and can count on a bunch of different people to score.

“In the middle of the first game, I started taking the draws against Kelyn Freedman. She is playing great.

“Melissa (Lloyd) is amazing,” Richardson said of the Penn State signee. “It’s great to see her in action; she is so calm and poised and can clear to the 50. It’s so good to have her behind us.

“And Margaret Corzel (signed with North Carolina and also from Berwyn) and I used to play on the same soccer team in elementary school. We also were on the same Phantastix team for a couple of years. She always comes up with a huge defensive play. She works so hard and it’s always great to play with her.”

“[Camille’s] really good at draws,” Cyr said in an interview with Lacrosse Magazine. “She can pull those with her height. She’s fast. She’s good.”

Spirit, which has one more game in pool play, is guaranteed a spot in the championship game Monday at noon (

“It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Richardson. “I am making some really cool friends and playing with the best people I ever with or against. It’s taking me to the next level and serving as a transition for next year.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this event.”

In the other morning game, Springfield-Delco All-American Shannon Burns and Taylor Virden (McDonogh (Md.) School) each notched three goals and one assist to carry Pride to an 18-13 win over Freedom. Kaitlyn Brosco (Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) HS) and Krista Grabher (Vero Beach (Fla.) HS) each added a goal and two assists for Pride. Vero Beach teammate Jennifer Leffew and Adeline Reilly (Portledge (N.Y.) School) each tallied a hat trick for the Freedom team.

The Pride also features All-American midfielder Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham/Penn State).

Under a hot afternoon sun, Cyr scored two goals and dished out an assist as Spirit remained unbeaten with a 14-9 win over Freedom. Meredith Donaldson (St. Andrews (Fla.) School) was a catalyst with three assists and a goal. Melanie Raso (2g, 1a) of Farmingdale (N.Y.) High led Freedom, which dropped to 0-2.

Freedom, co-coached by Unionville’s Wendy Landry, features Radnor All-American attack Courtney Campbell (Richmond) and All-American teammate Allie Martin (Penn).

The other matinee saw Liberty hang on for a 10-9 win over Pride. Kathryn Webster (Christian Brothers (N.Y.) Academy) scored four points (3g, 1a) for Liberty, while Pride goalie Anna Berman (North Rockland (N.Y.) HS) kept her team close with eight saves.

The girls’ portion of the HSS concludes Monday with the last round-robin game at 8 a.m., followed by the bronze medal game at 10 a.m. and the gold medal game at noon. The boys’ portion of the HSS begins Tuesday evening.


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