Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/13
Twist Blue went 6-2 overall at the Best of the Best Team Showcase at Mitchel Field in Hempstead, N.Y., while winning its pool and advancing to the championship game Sunday in the 2015 bracket.
Twist used a smothering defensive effort to knock off Madlax (VA/MD), 4-3, in its second game. That that turned out to be the decisive win for Twist, which tied with Madlax for first in Pool C at 5-1 and then advanced to semifinal playoffs due to the head-to-head win.
Twist’s only loss in pool play came against the Long Island Express, which defeated Twist, 6-5, after a frantic final three minutes during which Twist put up four shots, two of which hit the pipe and two that were saved.
Twist defeated the Building Blocks (N.J.) and Resolute (Ohio) Sunday morning to clinch the pool title and advance to the semifinals, where Twist knocked off the CT Chargers, 4-1, to reach the final. Twist’s run ended with a 7-0 loss to Leading Edge Elite (N.J.).
Twist was led on the weekend by eight goals from Jake Henze (Central Bucks South), and Henze and Connor Howell (Wilson West Lawn) had 11 points each. Michael Major (Holy Ghost Prep) had six goals.
The Twist defense allowed just 23 goals in eight games and was led by Nick Lawlor (Springside Chestnut Hill) with eight caused turnovers, Mike Eveland (Central Bucks East) with six caused turnovers, Matthew Anderson (Pennsbury) with five caused turnovers and Kevin Witchey (Central Bucks South) with five caused turnovers, as well as a goal against the Chargers in the semifinals.
Jack Auteri (La Salle) won 50 of 80 face-offs and had a team-best 29 ground balls. Goalies Ian Davies (Germantown Academy) and Greg Price (Holy Ghost Prep) combined for a 2.88 goals-against average and .689 save percentage.