By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/13/14
Edge Lacrosse scored six of the last seven goals of the second half to claim a 10-7 victory today over Mesa Fresh Fever in the 2017 championship game of the Philly Summer Invitational at United Sports.
Riley Curtis (Hill Academy, Denver commit), Mac Updike and Jaden Walcot each had two goals and goalie Warren McNeil posted seven second-half for Edge, which trailed 6-4 early in the second half.
“It’s great to drive all the way down here and represent Canada and prove we are good lacrosse players,” said McNeil, who attends Birchmount Park CI in Toronto. “The long trip just makes winning it all the more worth it. It’s just a great time, and a great bunch of kids. It’s fun to be here.”
McNeil said the defense adjusted to mesa Fresh’s weapons in the second half. Mesa Fresh also hurt itself with some penalties and the Edge attack capitalized.
“I didn’t really hear the halftime speech because I was getting warmed up, but in the second half we realized who their key players were and who was fast and how to shut them down a little bit better,” he said. “We capitalized on that and the defense woke up and played great.”
Also for Edge, Jack Kelly, Justin Inacio, Keaton Thomson and Mackenzie Iacocca notched goals.
For Mesa, Conner Mosebrook scored twice while Denny Nealon, Ryan Brown, Joel Trucksess, Billy Coyle, Westy McLaughlin each had one goal. Mesa Fresh advanced to the finals with an 8-2 win over 3d New England while Edge edged Building Blocks (NJ), 10-9, in the semis.
“A lot of us have been playing together for four or five years,” said McNeil. “Some joined this year, but we all play together in (box) club lacrosse back in Canada. It’s a great group of guys.”
FCA Maryland wins 2018 crown
Just in its second year, FCA Maryland has begun to make a name for itself.
Today at United Sports, FCA Maryland dominated the NH Tomahawks, 11-2, to claim the 2018 division championship at the Philly Summer Invitational by NXT’s Showcase Lacrosse.
Jacob Kelly scored four goals for FCA Maryland, which finished the tourney undefeated through solid defense and goaltending and unselfish play.
“I think we were successful because we played as a team and moved the ball and overall everything flowed in transition,” said defenseman Finn Thorne (Mcdonogh School). “Our offense ran their plays smoothly and quick and they finished well.”
“We knew the competition would be tough and that we’d be challenged.”
FCA Maryland’s biggest challenge came in the semifinals when it defeated Team 91 (NY), 7-4. Kelly had four goals and an assist in that win.
Coach Bryan Kelly cited the play of leading scorer Jacob Kelly, midfielders Liam Bateman, Will Koras, Alex Reid and Jake Saudek, defensemen Alec Carosoli, Jack Connelly, Will Thompson, Ham Whiteford and Thorne and goalie Liam Darragh.
CT Chargers win 2016 championship
The CT Chargers outscored Team Long Island, 7-1, in the second half to claim a 10-6 victory in the 2016 finals at United Sports today.
Jack Kniffin (Darien) had five goals and an assist to lead the comeback while Connor Shalleck (Berkshire School-CT) had three huge stops in the second half. Michael O’Connell, Jack Book, Lucas Mendicino, Charlie Erdmann and Michael Reale scored one apiece for the Bolts.
The Bolts are now 23-2 this summer. Last week they won the National 175 Best of the Best Team Showcase title on Long Island.