Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/3/11
Team Philly could not catch a break.
Despite a spirited comeback from a big second-half deficit, the Philly boys dropped a 10-9 decision this morning to Long Island – ending their hopes of a playoff berth in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The defeat dropped Philly to a final record of 2-2 in Red Division Pool Play, with both losses coming by one goal. New England (2-1), which meets the South (0-3) in a game that begins at 10 a.m., handed Philly a 9-8 double overtime loss Saturday and claimed the No. 2 spot behind Long Island (4-0).
In today’s game against Long Island, Philly trailed 5-2 at halftime and later 8-4 before mounting a late comeback attempt. Matt Rambo, a rising junior at La Salle, led the rally with four goals, including two straight to make it 8-7.
Long Island notched the next two goals, but Philly came back again with a pair to make it 10-9. Philly had a man-up situation in the final minute, but could not convert.
“The kids were awesome and we had a great time coaching them,” said co-coach Tom Lemieux (Springfield-Delco), who coached along with Brian Samson (Conestoga) and Mike Friel (former coach at Springfield-Delco).
Also for Philly, Sean Coleman (La Salle) and Bradlee Lord (Conestoga) each had a goal and an assist while Tyler Earley (Penn Charter), Will Gural (Haverford School) and Connor Frisina (Conestoga) each scored once. Gural and Mike Barnes (Radnor) did a strong job at the face-off X and Eddie Morris (Malvern Prep) was a standout on defense, holding Long Island star attackman James Pannell (Smithtown West/committed to Virginia) to two assists.
Also, midfielder Will McNamara (Haverford School) was a key two-way player and Robbie Zonino (Conestoga) had seven saves in goals while Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) stopped five shots.
Long Island 10, Philly 9
Matt Rambo (Abington) 4g
Bradlee Lord (Conestoga) 1g, 1a
Connor Frisina (Conestoga) 1g
Tyler Earley (Penn Charter) 1g
Will Gural (Haverford School) 1g
Sean Coleman (La Salle) 1g, 1a
Robbie Zonino (Conestoga) 7 saves
Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) 5 saves