Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/7/13
Seven Philly boys helped Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) finish undefeated and claim the Lake Placid Classic U18 Silver Division championship today.
FCA, a team with all 2015 players, downed Bar Down Lacrosse (N.H.), 11-2 in the title game as Grant Ament (Haverford School) had two goals and three assists.
Ament was joined by Haverford School teammates Chris Sabia and Ben Euler, Conestoga’s Chris Brady, Episcopal Academy’s Curtis Zappala, Pennsbury’s Matt Anderson and Bishop Shanahan’s, John Hoffman. The FCA coach was former Pennsbury mentor Dean Curtis.
“As always, the Philly boys are amazing,” said Ament. “Playing with two of my teammates from Haverford was so much fun. I definitely feel that we all have an even closer friendship through our faith that grew stronger on this trip.
“I feel that we will be able to carry that on the field in the season. As for the Philly boys, I think we all grew closer and learned a lot more about each other. This will make the rivalries in the spring against all of them even more fun.”
Ament said the FCA team – called the Super Sophomores – was loaded.
“The talent on the team was so great,” he said. “I think three-fourths of the team was already committed so it was not hard to adapt. Also through huddles and group meetings, we focused on our faith wand it was a relaxing approach. The coaches told us to play relaxed and that made it a lot easier on all of us.”
FCA U18 Silver coach Curtis said the goal of the FCA program was met at Lake Placid.
“When you look at these kids, most of their lacrosse is very intense,” said Curtis, who played for FCA when he was in high school. “Our goal is to create a relaxed atmosphere.
“More importantly, we want to build relationships. This is a group of players from all over – Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida – maybe half a dozen states. They all come together here.
“We do a lot of things besides play lacrosse. They have Bible study and go cliff jumping and bowling and they tour the Olympic sites.”