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Live blog on USA U-19 team vs. Philly at Radnor: Philly wins 15-14 on Rambo goal in OT

Saturday, 23rd June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 6/23/12

Chris Goldberg is here at Radnor High for a special exhibition game between the USA U-19 National team and the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association All-Stars. The weather is perfect and the crowd is amazing for a Saturday night during the summer with a Phillies home game on tap and many people at the Jersey shore.

Team Philly's Carl Walrath (Haverford School, Virginia) turns the corner vs. USA defenseman Robert Enright (Massapequa, NY, Johns Hopkins) during Saturday's thriller

The USA squad looked impressive last week in downing a Long Island All-Star team, 12-4. This Philly squad has a number of players that were either alternates for the U-19 squad or missed the cutoff date and were not able to try out. There are no Pennsylvania players on the U-19 team, something not lost by some Philly lacrosse fans. The rosters are below; Philly just added attackman Kevin Forster (La Salle College, Maryland), who was a U-19 alternate and was not going to play in this game but later altered his schedule to be available.

The Philly team is being coached by Eric Gregg (St. Joseph’s Prep), Jef Hewlings (former Emmaus coach) and David Martin (former Germantown Acadermy coach). The USA squad is coached by Tim Flynn (Mountain Lakes, NJ).

First quarter

Charles Raffa (USA, St. Anthony’s, NY, Maryland)) wins face-off

Philly’s Matt Barrett with a nice save

Philly – Beau Jones (GA) converts in close on perfect feed from Carl Walrath (Haverford School), 17:27 – 1-0 Philly

Barrett stops Robert Zoppo (Calvert Hall) on another great save, 14:50

Barrett with yet another save – 3 for 3

USA’s Ryan Tucker (Gilman, UVA) hit hard, goes down, is OK, but 1-minute penalty on Philly’s Jeff Heath (StJ Prep, Delaware)

USA – Man-up goal by Connor Buczek (St. Xavier, Ohio, Cornell), coming from behind cage to beat Barrett, 10:07 – now a 1-1 game

Philly – Walrath scores unassisted, 7:44 – 2-1 Team Philly

USA goalie Kyle Turri (West Islip, Duke) gets first save on Joey Sankey, 5:00

USA – Matt kananagh (Chaminade, NY, Notre Dame) scores unassisted, 2-2 game, 4:44

USA – Kavanaugh again from Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall), 1:07 – 3-2

Philly – Joey Sankey (Penn Charter, UNC) makes his patented dive from behind the cage to beat Turri low, 3-3, :05

Quarter ends – 3-3 Philly team does not look rusty or off sync

DVDs of the game will be available from David Cartularo Videos – we will get info on that for you later

2nd Quarter

USA wins faceoff but can’t get off good shot

Turri with a big save on Sam Rohr (Haverford School, Penn), 16:00

Philly – Matt Rambo (La Salle) scores unassisted, 13:25 – 4-3 Philly

Philly – Walrath unassisted, 10:57 – Philly leads, 5-3, 10:57

Philly – Rambo again, 9:35, now 6-3 Philly

Barrett with another great save – still 6-3
Barrett again, 3:20 – he has 6 saves and many big ones

2:03 to play and Team USA has been shut out for the quarter

Philly – Hup Hupfeldt (Haverford School, Penn) scores unassisted, 7-3 Philly with 42 seconds left in half

Half ends
That was an awesome display by Philly – Barrett has been outstanding in the cage with 7 saves and the Philly attack has been dodging hard from the X

halftime stats
saves – Barrett 6, Turri 6
FO – Philly 7-3

Team USA 3-0-
Team Philly 3-4-

Matt Kananagh 2g
Connor Buczek 1g
Stephen Kelly 1a

Matt Rambo 2g
carl walrath 2g, 1a
Chris Hupfeldt 1g
Joey Sankey 1g
Beau Jones 1g

Third quarter

USA – Kavanagh scores again after Philly goalie Conor Kelly (Haverford School, Notre Dame) makes big save, 19:43

UA – Kavanagh again on an absolute lazer, beats his Notre dame teammate Kelly again, now 7-5 with 17:59 to play in quarter

USA -Kavanagh again off a feed from Matthew Florence (Kent Denver), 13:10 – comes after a great save by Zach Oliveri (Connetquot, NY, UMass), 7-6

Philly – Hupfeldt again, big one for Philly, 8-6 with 11:36 to play

USA – Joseph Leonard (Hicksville, NY), scores unassisted, make it 8-7 with 8:15 left

Kelly makes great save on Kavanagh
Philly – Sankey from Jones, great feed off transition from big Conor Kelly save , 9-7 USA 4:25

Philly – Beau Jones with an amazing behind-the-back goal off a Walrath feed, 1:17 – Philly takes 10-7 lead

end third quarter

4th quarter

Philly – Rambo gets his third, unassisted, 18:58, 11-7 Philly lead

USA – Kyle Keenan (Smithtown West, NY, Duke), unassisted, 17:22 – now 11-8 Philly

USA – Steven Pontrello (St. Augustin Prep, UNC), scores unassisted, 13:41, now 11-9 – USA won;t go away

Kelly makes great save on low shot by Florence, 11:50

USA – Ryan Tucker (Gilman, Virginia), makes it 11-10, 7:00

3:25 to play – Philly has the ball

USA – Pontrello ties it with 2:03 to play! Now 11-11

Philly wins face-off, calls time with 1:13 to play

Rambo hits the pipe with 20 seconds left, Philly calls time out

If overtime two 4-minute periods and then sudden death


International rules apply here – Two four-minute periods no matter what, if still tied, go to sudden-death –

USA – Raffa wins face-off and goes right down to score, 3:48 – USA takes first lead since early in game, 12-11

USA – Pontrello scores his third, 2:28, gives USA a 13-11 lead

Penalty on USA
Philly – Sankey comes from behind cage again for a key man-up goal, 13-12, 1:10 left in first OT period

Philly – Walrath scores with 3 seconds left in OT after long pass from Goran Murray, now 13-13 heading into second 4-mionute OT

2nd OT Period

USA – Daniel Eipp (Groton Dunstable, Harvard), unassisted, makes it 14-13 USA, 2:07

USA wins face-off – turnover Philly needs a goal

Philly – Jones ties it off scramble, :41 to play

Philly wins face-off!, 14.3 left

Philly – Rambo scores with 9.8 seconds left! Philly wins 15-14


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