Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/24/13
From US Lacrosse
The Spirit and Pride teams each used dominant second-half defensive efforts to win their opening rounds games at the Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Pride allowed just one second-half goal to rally from a 5-3 halftime deficit to defeat Liberty, 9-6, while Spirit limited Freedom to three second-half goals in a 10-9 victory.
The four-team event features more than 90 of the nation’s top high school lacrosse players playing over three days at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The championship game will be aired live on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
Andy DeMichiei (Hampton, Pa.), Jacob Knostman (Bainbridge Island – Wash.) and Ryan McNamara (Eastview – Wis.) all had two goals for Spirit, while Chris Pauzer (Loomis Chaffee – Conn.) had a goal and two assists. Ryan Feit (Syosset – N.Y.) made nine first half saves and Gerrit Malloy (Walter Johnson – Md.) played the second half, allowing just three goals while notching four saves.
DeMichiei scored the go-ahead goal with 6:19 to play to break an 8-8 tie and give Spirit the lead it would not relinquish.
Jack Bruckner (Ward Melville – N.Y.) and Drew Ortiz (Myers Parks – N.C.) led Freedom with two goals each while Alexander Larson (Chaparral – Ariz.) and Tanner Swan (Loomis Chaffee – Conn.) each made seven saves.
In the other opening round game, Kyle Borbi (Shawnee – N.J.) ignited a second-half comeback for Pride in its 9-6 win over Liberty. Borbi scored all of his game-high four goals in the second half, including three in the fourth quarter to break the game open. A.J. Lucchese (Middlesex School – Mass.) had five points (3g, 2a) for Pride and Jarrin Wallace (Centennial – Idaho) made four saves while allowing just one second-half goal.
Liberty was led by Anthony Marini (St. Joseph’s Prep – Pa.) and Sean Giampeitro (Salesianum – Del.) with two goals each while Jonathan Kaplan (Glastonbury –Conn.) made 11 saves while allowing just four goals.
Round-robin play continues on Thursday, July 25 with each team playing two games. The top two teams will meet in the championship on Friday while the third and fourth seeds will play in a consolation game on Friday.
For more information, visit uslacrosse.org/2013AAS.
Pride 9, Liberty 6
Pride Goals: Kyle Borbi 4, A.J. Lucchese 3, Brady O’Donnell, Nick Valentino (Hempfield)
Liberty Goals: Anthony Marini 2, Sean Giampeitro 2, A.J. Fish, Kevin McKernan
Pride Assists: A.J. Lucchese 2, Cody Eckes 2, Nick Valentino, Simeon Johnson
Liberty Assists: None
Pride Goalies: Brian Balkam 24:00, 5 GA, 4 saves; Jarrin Wallace 24:00, 1 GA, 4 saves
Liberty Goalies: Jonathan Kaplan 34:00, 4 GA, 11 saves; Brian Davies 14:00, 5 GA, 4 saves
Spirit 10, Freedom 9
Spirit Goals: Andy DeMichiei 2, Jacob Knostman 2, Ryan McNamara 2, Dylan Molloy, Chris Pauzer, Kyle Abdellatif, Logan Williamson
Freedom Goals: Jack Bruckner 2, Drew Ortiz 2, Jack Grass, Patrick DiMento, Jack Ortlieb, Anthony Quiles, Tim Ghelbach
Spirit Assists: Chris Pauzer 2, Dylan Molloy, Matt Boward
Freedom Assists: Dalton Sierra 2, Jack Grass, Jack Ortlieb
Spirit Goalies: Ryan Feit 24:00, 6 GA, 9 saves; Gerrit Molloy 24:00, 3 GA, 4 saves
Freedom Goalies: Alexander Larson 24:00, 7 GA, 7 saves; Tanner Swan 24:00, 3 GA, 7 saves