By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/5/13
BOYDS, Md. – Eight different players scored as New Jersey North defeated Long Island North, 8-6, Wednesday in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic Boys’ High School championship game at the Maryland Soccerplex.
New Jersey North used pinpoint passing and reeled off four goals to open the second half and seize a 7-4 lead. Then it used strong defense and solid goaltending to claim the first Brine title for its state (New Jersey split into two teams this year after having one team the first five years of the tourney).
By unseating Rochester’s hold on the National title, New Jersey North will advance to play Canada in January for the Brogden Cup, held in Orlando, Fla.
“We all pretty much knew each other and we had great team chemistry,” said NJ North’s Pat Galvin (Seton Hall Prep, 2014, attack), who had one goal and one assist. “We got the kinks out after the first game and them we came together.
“We moved the ball well and I put that to our team chemistry. We made some nice passes.”
New Jersey North goalies Sam Bebout (2014, Summit) and Lance Gibson (2014, Bergen Catholic) each had three saves and were standouts all tournament long.
New Jersey North coach Tony Calandra (Chatham) said his team was versatile and balanced.
“A lot of different people made contributions,” he said. “We had a lot of parts working. A different guy stepped up every time we needed.
“We had multiple goal scorers. One constant was the goalies were excellent the entire tournament. And the defense was solid.”
New Jersey North 8, Long Island North 6
Goals – NJN: Crowley, Galvin, Hanlon, Borcich, Greenberg, Landspurg, Strabley, Waldron; LI: Concannon (2), Dunn, Hawthorne, Konen, Morris
Assists: NJN: Galvin, Sullivan, Kiess, Waldron; LIN: Concannon, Dunn, Baranthan
Saves – NJN: Bebout (3), Gibson (3) LIN: Carbone (3), Moser (3)
Final Record: NJN 6-0-1; LIN 6-1-0
Long island 9, New Jersey 3
Kristin Anderson (Eastport-South Manor, 2014) scored three goals and Carolyn Carrera (Riverhead, 2014) added two as Long Island coasted to a 9-3 victory over New Jersey.
Long Island led, 5-1, at halftime and stretched its lead to 9-1 late in the game.
“We only had like four players from last year’s team and we didn’t know one another at the beginning,” said Carrera. “I thought after we lost to Pennsylvania (9-6 on Tuesday) that we realized we had to step it up.
“Against Florida it all came together (12-1 win). I loved it. It was awesome. We all hung out and really got along so well.”
Anderson agreed: “We had great teamwork and did a lot of bonding. Even when we weren’t playing, we were hanging out together and talking. We had a lot of fun; it was definitely one of the best tournaments.”
Long Island 9, New Jersey 3
Goals – LI: Kristin Anderson (3), Carolyn Carrera (2), Vanessa Yu, Carly Comitino, Tara Wahl, Keri McCarthy; NJ: Dakota Pastore (2), Kelly Holt
Saves – LI: Taylor Moreno (2); Fiona Geier (2); NJ: Mira Shane (2), Brittany Read (2)
Academy Girls Championship
In the Academy title game, New Jersey edged Long Island, 7-6, on a late goal by Brielle Huddy (rising freshman at Moorestown).
“We wanted it so bad. It was one of the greatest feelings,” said Huddy, who scored two goals. “We just connected so well”