Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/1/11
Rebel Elite enjoyed a standout performance Sunday by placing second in the 4th annual Duke’s Lacrosse Invitational at the Far Post in Oaks.
Rebel Elite, comprised of juniors and sophomores, overcame its youth and inexperience to win three straight playoff games and reach the finals against No. 1 seed and highly-favored Duke’s Black. Rebel Elite fell, 10-5, in a respectable contest.
Throughout the tournament the Rebel Elite squad meshed into a true team. In their past two events (Pre-Showcase/MLK tourney), the newly rostered players showed their inexperience at the elite level and lack of time playing together showed. This tournament however, they overcame their indecisiveness to bond into a force.
Rebel Elite defeated Duke’s Grey in the opening game, lost to Tri State Green, and battled the Duke’s Black squad to a two-goal loss in regular pool play. In the playoffs, Rebel came back to defeat Duke’s Blue, Duke’s White, and Tri State Green to earn the right to face the heavily favored Duke’s Black Team.
The offense was led by Billy Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy), Matt Logan (Downingtown West), Steve Mussoline (Allentown Central Catholic) and Matt Savage (Allentown Central Catholic), Colin Sullivan (Pennsbury), and Tyler Crothers (Wissahickon).
Tim Kemner (Kingsway, NJ), Garrett Walling (Episcopal Academy), Tyler Chambers (Episcopal Academy), Christian McCaffery (Wissahickon), RJ DiGiallorenzo (Great Valley) and Sean Mingey (Penncrest) also made key offensive contributions.
The defense was led by Shane Malenfant (Episcopal Academy), Kevin Gayhardt (Episcopal Academy), Sean Delaney (Wissahickon), Jake McMillian (Downingtown West), Matt Ward (Ridley), Andrew Benedict (St. Joseph’s Prep), Liam O’Donnell (Penncrest) and Rory Isdaner (Episcopal Academy).
Tim Browne (St. Joseph’s Prep) battled fiercely at the face-off “X” to win the majority of the draws, while Ted Bergman (Strath Haven) was outstanding in goal throughout the tournament.
Rebel Elite also said goodbye to its seniors, seven that have committed to Division I programs and nine that are headed to Division III teams.