Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/24/12
During one point of its 2012 summer season, the Twist White 2015 team played teams from nine different states in a 10-game stretch.
Given that, it was only fitting that the season ended with games against teams from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
And, given the way the last three years have gone, it was only fitting that the season ended with a championship.
Twist White 2015 rallied to defeat Fierce Black of Connecticut 9-6 and then broke open a tie game in the second half to defeat Gulls Elite of Massachusetts 8-5 in the championship game to win the Beast Of The East U17A division this past weekend on the UMass campus.
Twist White went 6-0 in the tournament and 20-5-2 for the summer, which ended with the Beast of the East title after the team reached the semifinals at Tri-State. The team is now 71-13-2 I the last three summers, with seven tournament championships.
Twist White won its first four games of the Beast of the East by a combined score of 34-3, setting up a game against unbeaten Fierce Black a team of rising juniors for a spot in the final.
Fierce Black led 5-2 at the half and 6-4 midway through the second half, but Twist ran off the last five goals of the game, led by Connor Howell¹s goal and two assists, to win 9-6.
The final was tied 3-3 at the half, but Jake Henze and Ben Bala scored quick goals in the second half as Twist White took control.
Howell led Twist with 22 points (5G, 17A) in the tournament. He was also the team¹s leading scorer for the season with 29 goals and 35 assists for 64 points.
Michael Major scored 11 goals in the tournament and was second on the team with 28 for the year. Henze had 24 goals and 10 assists, while James Diver had 16 goals and 18 assists, giving each 34 points for the summer. Bala had
22 goals and 11 assists.
The Twist defense allowed fewer than three goals per game for the season. James Oeth led the team with 24 caused turnovers, followed by Nick Lawlor with 22 and Kevin Witchey with 20.
Jack Auteri won 130 of 203 face-offs (.640) and had 117 ground balls, while no other player had more than 48 ground balls.
Goalies Greg Price and Zach Longacre combined for a 2.80 goals-against average and .580 save percentage.
Twist¹s five losses were all by one goal and came against For the Love of the Game, Tri-State, the New Hampshire Tomahawks, LB3 of Georgia and the Virginia Lacrosse Club.
The 2012 Twist White roster and high schools:
Matthew Anderson Pennsbury
Jack Auteri La Salle
Ben Bala North Hunterdon (N.J.)
Anthony Bozzelli Central Bucks East
Jeff Circuit Central Bucks East
Ryan Connelly Wilson
James Diver Germantown Academy
Mike Eveland Central Bucks East
Jake Henze Central Bucks South
Connor Howell Wilson
Brandon Huegel Archbishop Wood
Zach Keller Hill School
Nick Lawlor Chestnut Hill
Zach Longacre – Kennett
Michael Major Holy Ghost Prep
James Oeth Chestnut Hill
Greg Price Holy Ghost Prep
Garret Trucksess Germantown Academy
A.J. Ventresca Central Bucks East
Matt Vetter Central Bucks East
Kevin Witchey Central Bucks South