Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/12
Tyler Dunn scored three goals and Joe Licciardi scored twice and the second-seeded Long Island Express tallied the final three goals of the game to defeat Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), 7-4, today in the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships at Lake Buena Vista at the ESPN Complex.
FCA – which has reached the title game three of the past four years – featured 11 players from the Philly region. Midfielder Chris Brady (Conestoga rising sophomore) earned All-Tournament honors.
“It was really fun, one of the most fun tournaments I have been involved in,” said Brady, who played on Conestoga’s third straight state championship team this spring. “We had one practice and didn’t really know each other. By the next day we were beating teams out of the water.
“The reason we did so well was because we were there for each other. That’s why I like FCA; you’re not there for yourself, but for each other.”
FCA had tied the game, 4-4, when Grant Ament (Haverford School) fed Aric Dupell (Gov. Mifflin) with 9:32 to play in the final quarter.
But the Express went ahead for good as Paul Dilena scored unassisted at 8:01 and then Dunn fought off some checks and score to put the Express up 6-4 at 5:18 before sealing it with an insurance goal with 3:15 to play.
“They had a good team; they kept possession for most of the first half and then controlled it for a solid six minutes in the fourth quarter when we were trying to come back,” Ament said in a phone interview “It was frustrating.”
Express goalies Gregg Meyers and Joe McGuigan were strong in the nets. For FCA, AJ Barretto and Colin Reder (Episcopal Academy) played strong.
The Express went ahead 1-0 early when Licciardi scored from Joe Froccarno at 9:20 of the first quarter. Dunn took a pass from Paul Dilena and scored from the crease to make it 2-0.
Zach Drake (La Salle) fed Henry Grass (Bronxville, NY) for FCA’s first goal to make it 2-1. Then, longpole Parke Schweiter (Conestoga) scooped an Express turnover and went coast to coast to tie the game for FCA with 9:33 to play in the second quarter.
After Meyers made a nice save of an Ament drive, James Thomas put the Express ahead, 3-2, with 1:17 to play in the half. Then, after a failed clear by FCA, the Express converted an extra-man goal as Licciardi scored from Brendan Quinn at 46.1.
In the third quarter, Grass made it 4-3 with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
“They were a really good team and they got us early with a couple goals,” Brady said. “They had the ball the majority of the game. You can’t score when you don’t have the ball. And some penalties hurt us. You can’t win them all.”
Ament said the experience of playing with new teammates from around the country was a thrill.
“It was awesome; all the coaches were great and everyone contributed,” he said. “All the kids meshed well together.
“We just met the night before the tournament and we were hanging out at the pool the next day. We way we played together you’d have thought we all knew each other well since so many of the goals were assisted. We played good team ball.
“I had played with a lot of the Philly guys at some point and it was fun to play with the other guys on the team that I had played against or heard about.”
One of the FCA standouts was Timmy Kelly, an All-Tourney pick from Calvert Hall who already committed to North Carolina as a rising sophomore.
“He was my favorite to play with,” Ament said. “I got a lot of my points because of him.”
Timmy Kelly, Attack, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Stephen Chase, Attack, Team Florida
Henry Grass, Attack, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Tyler Dunn, Attack, Long Island Express
John Daniggelis, Midfield, Long Island Express
Joe Licciardi, Midfield, Long Island Express
Chris Brady (Conestoga), Midfield, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Arend Broekmate, Defense, Nor Cal Talon
Jack Goettelmann, Defense, Long Island Express
John Tornabene, Defense, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Joe McGuigan, Goalie, Long Island Express
Gregg Meyers, Goalie, Long Island Express