Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/9/11
Zack Greer scored the tying and winning goals in the final 4 minutes and 15 seconds and added two assists to earn Game MVP honors and help lift the East (Team Cascade) to a thrilling 15-13 victory over the West (STX) today in the LXM PRO 610 all-star game at Radnor High.
The game was just part of festivities for LXMP PRO as thousands of lacrosse fans also got to see two Philly musical groups – OCD: Moosh and Twist & Fortune Family – while also having the chance to participate in free clinics and get autographs from some of the top players in the world.
This was the second LXM PRO 610 to come to Radnor, home of two of the LXM PRO co-founders, Max and Xander Ritz, both former Maryland standouts.
Thomas Muldoon led the East with three goals while Brendan Porter, Chris Ajemian and JR Oreskovich each had two goals. Mikey Powell had a goal and three assists. Matt Alrich and Sean Morris each had a goal and two assists. For the West, Kyle Harrison scored three goals while Max Ritz, Kyle Wimer (Hempfield High grad, Manheim Township coach), and Lewis Ratcliff each scored two.
During the game, LXM PRO also honored its Futures All-Stars, top high school players from the Philly region (those who attended are listed below).
Xander Ritz felt the event was a total success.
“It was great,” he said. “I think each one seems to be better than the last and we had a phenomenal turnout from the Philadelphia community. It’s exciting – and that’s what we want to do, excite the lacrosse community.
“We want to see people come together and share their excitement for the sport. It’s nice to get together for no other reason than to support the game; and it doesn’t hurt to watch the best players in the world compete.
“The game tonight was a testament. It was a great game, not just a great finish. The skill level was great, and you see a little of everything on the field.
“You have Chazz (Woodson) and Kyle and Shamel and Ramel and Mikey with their speed and explosiveness and then you see Zach Greer and Lewis Ratcliff, two of the best finishers. Defensively, you see Brett Moyer and Brett Hughes and then Alex Hewitt and Matt Baron are two of best goalies.
“That’s what we want to provide for kids to see. The game is great and I’m biased, of course, but I think we have some of the best people and in the sport. The way they interact with kids, it’s a family-friendly event.”
LXM PRO players gave these comments on the event:
Ridley grad Brett Moyer (Team Cascade):
“It’s great to have the opportunity to play back in your home town, It’s been a great event here in Philadelphia and I’m pretty excited about the ‘W.’ You have an explosive attack with Mikey Powell, Sean Morris, Matt Alrich and Zach Greer. It compliments the midfield on the other side with the Brattons (Shamel and Rhamel) and Kyle (Harrison). It’s a run and gun game. It’s good to be a part of and it’s definitely good to get the fans to see it.”
Downingtown High grad and Whittier College (CA) head coach Brian Kelly (Team Cascade):
“It’s great in a lot of ways. It’s great to play lacrosse and stay competitive. Especially since the MLL left Southern California, it’s a great outlet for me competitively. My friends and family are still here. I love getting back to the area. Any time you can give back to the community and promote Whittier, it’s great.”
“I didn’t expect it to be this hot. I left Philly for California to get this weather out there in October. It was a great game and warmer than we expected, and we had a high tempo. I am pretty exhausted but it’s nice getting up and down the field.”
Hempfield High grad and Manheim Township coach Kyle Wimer (Team STX):
“It’s a great experience to come out here. You couldn’t get a better day of weather, Working with kids and playing with some of the best players in the game is amazing.
On the growth of lacrosse in Central PA:
“The growth of the game has been tremendous. Back when I graduated from high school like six years ago, we couldn’t field 30 kids for a summer squad to compete – now we have a couple hundred out coming to play. It’s amazing, I hope kids keep coming out at an early age and continue to play lacrosse all the way through.”
Team Cascade 15, Team STX 13
Team Cascade 3-4-4-4- 15
Team STX 1-5-4-3- 13
Team Cascade – Thomas Muldoon 3g, Zack Greer 2g, 2a, Mikey Powell 1g, 3a, Chris Ajemian 2g, Brendan Porter 2g, JR Oreskovich 2g, DJ Andrzejewski 1g, Matt Alrich 1g, 2a, Sean Morris 1g, 2a, Sean Lindsay 1a.
Goalie – Alex Hewitt
Team STX – Kyle Harrison 3g, Max Ritz 2g, Kyle Wimer 2g, Lewis Ratcliff 2g, Brendan Skakandi 1g, Rhamel Bratton 1g, Brandon Corp 1g, 3a, Mike Von Kemecke 1g, 1a, Maxx Davis 2a, Chazz Woodson 2a.
Goalie – Matt Baran
LXM PRO 610 Futures All-Star Honorees
Connor Bailey, Haverford School, defenseman, Georgetown
Warner Bailey, Haverford School, defenseman, Georgetown
Mike Barnes, Radnor, face-off specialist/midfielder, Drexel
Steve Brodeur, Strath Haven, goalie, Lehigh
Tyler Brooke, Conestoga, attackman, Maryland
P.J. Finley, Malvern Prep, midfielder, Notre Dame
Connor Frisina, Conestoga, attackman, Delaware
Mac Gallagher, Shipley School, midfielder, Lafayette
Adam Goins, Conestoga, midfielder, Notre Dame
Zack Gregory, Conestoga, face-off specialist/midfielder, Towson
Ryan Guittare, Garnet Valley, defenseman, Penn State
Will Gural, Haverford School, face-off specialist, Brown
Ben Hughes, Great Valley, defenseman/LSM, High Point (N.C.)
Jamie Ikeda, Conestoga, defenseman, Duke
Jordan Klunder, Conestoga, midfielder, Drexel
Ryan Lehman, Garnet Valley, defenseman, Maryland
Bradlee Lord, Conestoga, attackman, Maryland
Mike McGregor, Conestoga, midfielder, Drexel
Paxton Moore, Haverford School, LSM, Michigan
Zach Rego, Haverford School, attackman, Georgetown
Sam Rohr, Haverford School, midfielder, Penn
Miles Thomas, Conestoga, long stick midfielder, Drexel
Dillon Walker, Salesianum School, DE, attackman, Marist
Alyssa Andress, Archbishop Wood, midfielder, North Carolina
Kristen Bandos, Notre Dame, midfielder/attack, Georgetown
Brooke Kiley, Germantown Academy, midfielder, Penn
Shannon Nee, Manheim Township, goalie, UConn
Devon Schneider, Manheim Township, midfielder, Florida
Molly Hendrick, Manheim Township, midfield, North Carolina