Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/14/13
Matt Heim (Central Bucks East, 2014) scored early in overtime on a man up laser to lift the Duke’s Lacrosse Club 1 to a 5-4 victory over Tri-State Black in the Tri-State National Summer Lacrosse Festival Senior AA championship at Mercer County Park (N.J.).
Heim took a feed from Hunter Jones (Abington, 2015) for the game-winner. Dukes LC had gained the man-up edge late in regulation.
“Once it got to overtime and we had the man up situation everyone was confident at that point,” said Heim, a Loyola commit who had two goals. “We felt the game was ours and we wanted to end it right there.”
Heim had given his team a 4-3 edge with about seven minutes to play, but Tri-State Black tied it with several minutes left. Also scoring for the Dukes were Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill, 2015), Matt Schleicher (Conestoga, 2015) and Mikey Zadroga (Upper Merion, 2014).
“It was a real tight game,” said Heim. “This has always been a big one for Dukes.”
Heim noted that the Dukes had not had a lopt of time together and can use this title as a springboard for next week’s much-anticipated Champ Camp at Johns Hopkins where the Dukes have been dominant by winning six of the past seven titles.
“There are always teams gunning for us,” Heim said. “We’ll see Got Skillz, Sweetlax and Tri-State (which won the title in 2011 over Dukes) and some other great teams.
“This weekend we were down five or six guys that couldn’t play but I think this is a big win. We had good chemistry and we’re only going to get better at Champ Camp.”
In the semis, Duke’s 1 defeated its brother team, Duke’s 2 as Schleicher had two goals and an assist.