Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/13/11
Team Philadelphia Elite claimed the Senior A championship last weekend by rallying past Smithtown West (N.Y.), 4-3, in overtime at the Tri-State National Summer Lacrosse Festival at Mercer County Park in Princeton Junction, N.J.
Team Philadelphia trailed 3-0 after 10 minutes, but won it when Dylan Ikkala (Downingtown West) received the ball at X and drove hard to his left hand side. After fighting through a crease slide he got off a shot from about 7 yards out that beat the Smithtown West goalie.
Kevin Clarke (Downingtown West), who was dominant all weekend at the face-off X, won the draw that led to the game-winner. He won more than 85 percent of his draws and was a key all weekend.
Ikkala tallied the first goal for Philadelphia Elite to make it 3-1 and then Branden Mercier (Pottsgrove) scored on a defenseman’s dream as he went coast to coast to cut the lead to 3-2.
Aaron Murphy (Downingtown East) struck for the tying goal as the play went back and forth for the last minutes of regulation. Both Robert Hayman Jr (Allentown Central Catholic) and Alex Cuttic (Downingtown West) were strong in goal for Philadelphia Elite. Cuttic made a spectacular one on one save with a minute left to preserve the tie and force overtime.
Team Philadelphia Elite
Tournament record 9-0
In the playoffs, team Philadelphia Elite defeated:
Be the Best (NY)
Primetime Power Penguins (MA)
Sachem North (NY)
Smithtown West (NY)
MVP of team for the weekend:
Face-off man Kevin Clarke (Downingtown East) had a face-off percentage that exceeded 85% and scored several goals in transition. He was an integral part of the team’s success.
Tim Clayton, Conestoga
Connor D’Amelia, Council Rock North
Dylan Ikkala, Downingtown West
Tim Lamb, Great Valley
Aaron Murphy, Downingtown East
Brandyn O’Connell, Downingtown East
Zack Revak, Archmere Academy
Chris Young, North Penn
Steve Adams, Downingtown East
Matt Cioeta, Sun Valley
Kevin Clarke, Downingtown East
Will Friedman, Great Valley
Ryan Hibbs, Downingtown West
Noah Joseph, Great Valley
Peter Karol, Downingtown West
Kyle Lauletta, Downingtown East
Ryan Poole, Downingtown East
Nick Tordone, Owen J. Roberts
Scott Allison, Downingtown East
Jimmy Case, Pottsgrove
Austin Edelman, Upper Merion
Kyle Mann, Downingtown East
Mark Matheson, Downingtown East
Branden Mercier, Pottsgrove
Paul Somboonsong, Radnor
Riley Wilson, Downingtown East
Alex Cuttic, Downingtown West
Robert Hayman Jr., Allentown Central Catholic
Ryan Greer, Assoc. Head Coach St. Joe’s Prep
Ray Kendrick, Head Coach Collegiate Charter School
Owen Blye, Attack Maryland 13′