Phillylacrosse.com, posted 7/26/11
The Philly Fever 6th grade Orange team claimed the championship at the Patriot Games Youth Lacrosse Showcase in the U13 Division last weekend in Bucks County.
The record breaking temperatures were a challenge for all the teams as the mercury hovered close to 100 degrees on both days. On Saturday the Fever, based in Haverford, went 3-0 in pool play, beating The Wolfpack (Md.), 9-1, The Rough Riders (N.Y.), 8-1, and Twist.
On Sunday the Fever finished pool play with a win over Team Turnpike (N.J.), 8-2. In the semifinals Fever faced the first of two Long Island squads, beating the Outlaws 9-3.
The win set up an exciting final against undefeated Team Long Island. In the Championship the Fever got off to a great start, going up 2-0 with goals from Luke O’Grady and Billy Coyle.
Team Long Island fought back, scoring two to tie the game. In the second half Fever midfielder John Nostrant scored with a blistering bounce shot to make it 3-2, but Long Island rallied with two unanswered goals late in the game.
The Fever’s Chris Morrison then took matters into his own hands with an unassisted goal after a gutsy groundball in front of the cage. This set up overtime as the temperature kept rising.
Billy Holmes won the face-off and the Fever had several good shots but could not find the back of the net. Team Long Island finally cleared the ball and Fever goaltender James Spence made a huge save to keep the game alive. After a tough shot from Ethan Masucci, Team Long Island tried to clear the ball and Luke O’Grady intercepted a pass and took it straight to the cage, burying the shot low for the dramatic victory.
“I am really happy for the team,” O’Grady said. “It was a hot weekend and to finish it with a win was great.”
Nostrant added, “We try to work hard and win the groundballs; the game is all about possession so we want the ball.”
The team is coached by Paul O’Grady and Roddy Marino and finished the summer season with a 16-1 record, winning two tournaments and finishing second in another. Other players from the championship team were defenders Michael O’Grady, Chris Hervada, Anthony Divario, Luke Terracciano, Zach Kaut, midfielders Mac Updike, Teddy Fitzgerald, Evan Haas, Ryan Jacob, attackmen, Matt Marino, Matt Boles, Henry Berg and Chad Allison.