Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/5/11
Team Pennsylvania – led by players from the Philadelphia region – advanced to the championship game of the middle school division of the National Lacrosse Classic before falling to Long Island, 8-6, on Monday.
This year’s tournament was the first that featured a middle school division at the National Lacrosse Classic, which has been holding high school boys’ championships for several years and this year is holding a girls’ high school tourney for the first time. Also, Pennsylvania won the inaugural girls’ tournament (details to come later in another article). The tournament was held at the Maryland Soccer Complex in Boyds, Md.
The Pennsylvania team had a strong Philadelphia-area connection, with players from Twist, Select and the Duke’s, as well as other Philly club programs.
Pennsylvania won all five games in its pool, defeating Missouri, Florida, Maryland, Metro New York and New England to reach the final. The tourney featured teams from eight regions and had 12 teams overall.
Long Island reached the final by winning its pool. Like Pennsylvania, Long Island reached the championship game undefeated after knocking off Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Rochester and New Jersey.
The championship game was played at an extraordinarily high level in front of a huge crowd. Long Island led, 3-1, and 6-4 before Pennsylvania tied it twice, but LI took the lead for good on a goal with 6:30 to play.
Pennsylvania had two good chances after that, but Long Island got stops both times and then did a masterful job of killing almost all of the final two minutes before sealing it with a goal with six seconds remaining.
Conestoga¹s Chris Brady led the team with 11 points (four goals, seven assists). Matt Schleicher (Emmaus) had a team-best 10 goals in the tournament, while Drew Schantz (Allentown, Twist) had nine goals and an assist. Matt Brown (Central Bucks, Select) had two goals and eight assists.
Schantz, Jack Auteri (Central Bucks, Twist) and Charles Kelly (Allentown, Dukes) dominated face-offs.
The Pennsylvania defense allowed 20 goals in six games and played tenaciously throughout, led by poles Matthew Anderson, Jackson Ehlert, Mike Eveland, Blaise
Fugazzotto, Brandon Huegel, Franklin Marquet, Griffin Schultz and Jonathan Warg and goalies Sean McGovern and Greg Price.
In addition to the lacrosse, the tournament included seminars on subjects like sports parenting, nutrition and fitness and NCAA eligibility rules.
Team Pennsylvania roster:
Matthew Anderson Yardley
Jack Auteri Doylestown
Christian Baldi Wilmington, Del.
Chris Brady Wayne
Matt Brown Doylestown
Aric Dupell Mohnton
Jackson Ehlert Reading
Mike Eveland Doylestown
Blaise Fugazzotto Orefield
Jake Henze New Britain
Tyler Hopkins Doylestown
Brandon Huegel Warrington
Charles Kelly Allentown
Franklin Marquet York
Sean McGovern Doylestown
Greg Price Yardley
Thomas Reiley Broomall
Christopher Rivera Lancaster
Jacob Saenz East Greenville
Drew Schantz Allentown
Matt Schleicer Allentown
Griffin Schultz Lancaster
Matt Vetter Doylestown
Jonathan Warg Laurys Station
Tanner Yanick – Dover