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Philly boys excel in first day at US Lacrosse Champion All-America Showcase

Thursday, 25th July 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, 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.US-lacrosse1

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.

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Box Scores

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


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