Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/24/12
From US Lacrosse Releases
With contributions from Katrina Geiger (Haverford High) and Nicole Troost (Shawnee), Team Liberty advanced to the championship game of the US Lacrosse Champion Girls’ All-American Showcase at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Team Liberty (2-1) will play undefeated Team Freedom (3-0) in the title game today at 1 p.m. The game will shown live on www.espn3.com.
Liberty defeated Spirit, 20-17, to reach the title game as Troost (All-Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey pick) had two goals and Geiger (Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year) scored once. Kelly Cross (Upper Dublin, All-Phillylacrosse.com) had a goal and two assists for Spirit (0-3), which will play Pride in the consolation game at 9:30.
It’s not something teams like to make a habit of, but Team Freedom seemed completely comfortable playing from behind on day two of the a US Lacrosse event. Freedom rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the morning to beat Liberty 20-8, and then came back from a 9-4 hole against Pride to win 14-13 in the afternoon.
Freedom – featuring defender Allyson Heavens (garnet valley, Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year) routed Liberty, 20-8, and edged Pride, 14-13. Pride toppled Spirit, 19-11, as Stephanie Toy (Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey Player of the Year) had three goals. Cross scored once for Spirit.
In Liberty’s loss to Freedom, Geiger had three draw controls, two interceptions and one goals.
Freedom 14, Pride 13
Goals: Freedom – Tyler Thomas 3, Madison Acton 2, Kelci Smesko 2, Adrienne Anderson 2, Aislinn Probst 2, Bridget Instrum, Christine Easton, Caroline Fitzgerald. Pride – Christina Esposito 3, Hannah Saris 2, Jennifer Thompson, Julia Burns, Gabriella Starkey, Kalia Roberts, Amanda Johansen, Cortney Fortunato, Kelly Brethauer, Kara Dattellas.
Assists: Freedom – Carly Palmucci 2. Pride – Christina Esposito 2, Kelly Brethauer, Bernadette Leone.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Chelsey Sidaras (2 saves, 9 GA), Katelyn Salerno (2 saves, 4 GA). Pride – Julia DiTondo (5 saves, 7 GA), Katrina Reeves (6 saves, 7 GA).
Liberty 20, Spirit 17
Goals: Liberty – Emma Lazaroff 4, Lydia Cassada 3, Nicole Troost 2, Lauren Wackerle 2, Samantha Jaffe 2, Maggie Bill 2, Hannah Landgrave, McKenzie Hunt, Katrina Geiger, Madalyn Blakeman, Kelly Dolan. Spirit – Michaela Michael 6, Mackenzie Smith 4, Kristina Coppolino 2, Kelsey Murray 2, Rachel Sexton, Julie Castner, Kelly Cross.
Assists: Liberty – Samantha Jaffe 2, Emma Lazaroff 2, Lauren Wackerle, Spring Sanders, Madalyn Blakeman, Kelly Dolan. Spirit – Kelsey Murray 3, Michaela Michael 2, Kelly Cross 2, Kristina Coppolino, Mackenzie Smith, Casey Pearsall, Sydney DuPre, Doris Wilson.
Goalkeeping: Liberty – Claudia Coleates (5 saves, 8 GA), Hanna Slough (1 save, 9 GA). Spirit – Genevieve Giblin (6 GA), Alyssa Saxon (8 saves, 8 GA), Colleen Jacoby (3 saves, 6 GA).
Freedom 20, Liberty 8
Goals: Freedom – Aislinn Probst 5, Kelci Smesko 4, Madison Acton 3, Carly Palmucci 3, Tyler Thomas 2, Bridget Instrum, Caroline Fitzgerald, Adrienne Anderson. Liberty – Kelsey Mackin, Lauren Wackerle, Emma Lazaroff, Samantha Jaffe, McKenzie Hunt, Katrina Geiger, Jordan McCarthy, Kelly Doran.
Assists: Freedom – Casey Sterrett 2, Aislinn Probst 2, Carly Palmucci. Liberty – Madalyn Blakeman 2, Emma Lazaroff, Maggie Bill.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Katelyn Salerno (5 saves, 6 GA), Chelsey Sidaris (4 saves, 2 GA). Liberty – Hanna Slough (4 saves, 10 GA), Claudia Coleates (1 save, 10 GA).
Pride 19, Spirit 11
Goals: Pride – Hannah Saris 3, Stephanie Toy 3, Gabriella 3, Cortney Fortunato 3, Christina Esposito 2, Anne-Marie Farmer 2, Jennifer Thompson, Kara Daltellus, Kelly Brethauer. Spirit – Kristina Coppolino 3, Dene DiMartino 3, Casey Pearsall, Michaela Michael, Kelly Cross.
Assists: Pride – Cortney Fortunato 3, Christina Esposito, Hannah Saris, Antonia Violante, Stephanie Toy, Jennifer Thompson, Amanda Johansen, Kara Daltellus, Kelly Brethauer. Spirit – Kelsey Murray 2, MacKenzie Smith.
Goalkeeping: Pride – Julia Ditondo (6 saves, 5 GA), Katrina Reeves (4 saves, 6 GA). Spirit Genevieve Giblin (3 saves, 7 GA), Alyssa Saxon (7 saves, 8 GA), Colleen Jacoby (1 save, 4 GA)