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Philadelphia Freedom wins 5th-6th grade title at Inaugural NXT Holiday Invitational Tournament

Wednesday, 8th January 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, Youth  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/8/14
From Press Release

Philadelphia Freedom claimed the 5th/6th grade championship at Dec. 30 at the Holiday Indoor Invitational Tournament, by NXTsports, at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown.

Freedom wins title

Philadelphia Freedom won the 5th/6th grade title at the Holiday Indoor Invitational Tournament

The tournament was played with box lacrosse rules, including a shot clock which was new to many of the kids. Freedom opened pool play against a very strong Trash Can team that jumped out 2-0 but Freedom battled back and won 8-6.

In the second game, Freedom again played a strong program in the Bandits but Freedom was able to come out ahead 12-5. The third game presented a real test for the Freedom boys as they played a strong Rising Sons team and dropped the decision 11-9. In the final pool play, Freedom knocked off Leading Edge (N.J.) to set up a rematch with Rising Sons team in the Championship Game.

Coming into the Championship with a different game plan, Freedom jumped out to a 3-0 lead and ended the first half up 5-2. With a minute remaining in the game, Rising Sons tied the game 5-5 on a penalty shot, which sent the game into OT. In the OT period, Will Peden won the faceoff, got the ball to Reilly Dugan, who unselfishly fed Sammy Bevevino for the game winner which gave Freedom the championship 6-5.

Offensive production came from Peden, Dugan, Bevevino, Dylan Kilroy, Justin Wescoat, Cole Benson, Braeden Lange, Jakob Voehringer, Justin Turley, Matt Brock, Will Delaney, Michael Voehringer, Aiden Coulter, Luke Wetzel, Egan Butala, Drew Deves, Keegan Billie, and JD Shimer who all scored goals on the day.

Defensively, Shimer, Deves, Billie, Coulter, Butala, Kilroy, Peden, Kilroy, Wescoat, Lange, and both Voehringers were instrumental in disrupting play and driving turnovers. In the cage both Tommy O’Malley and Keegan Billie were fantastic allowing less than 6 goals per game. O’Malley stayed in net the entire championship game and had 15+ saves.


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