Phillylacrosse.con, Posted 6/23/12
La Salle College High rising senior Matt Rambo scored with 9.8 seconds left in the second 4-minute overtime to lift Team Philly to a dramatic 15-14 victory over the Team USA U-19 National team tonight before a large summer crowd at Radnor High.
Philly led much of the game , but needed several comebacks after team USA took a 13-11 lead in the first overtime and then a 14-13 lead in the second overtime ((International rules apply) on a goal by Daniel Eipp (Groton Dunstable, Mass./ Harvard).
Philly tied it with 41 seconds to play in the second overtime on a goal by Beau Jones (Germantown Academy, Delaware) following a Chris Hupfeldt (haverford school, Penn) rebound. Philly then won the face-off and Rambo scored the game-winner with a lefty shot while moving to his right.
The game – sponsored by the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association – was a benefit exhibition for the U-19 squad that will head to Turku, Finland for the World Championships July 12-21. Officials confirmed that the US team (36-0 in International competition) had never lost any game, exhibition or otherwise, in its history, which spans over 50 games.
Rambo (committed to Maryland) led Philly with four goals while Carl Walrath (Haverford School, Virginia) had three goals and two assists and Jones had three goals and an assist. Joey Sankey (Penn Charter, North Carolina) scored three goals and Hupfeldt had two.
Matt Kavanagh (Chaminade, Notre Dame) had five goals, several against Philly goalie and future Notre Dame teammate Conor Kelly (Haverford School), who played standout in the second half and in overtime with 9 saves. Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep, committed to Virginia) was very strong in the first half with six saves.
Steven Pontrello (St. Augustine Prep, North Carolina) had three goals for Team USA.