Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/1/14
The Freedom 2021 team won the Summer Slam lacrosse tournament in dramatic fashion at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA on June 20-21.
The boys played two games on Saturday evening beating Tri-State from northern NJ 9-2 and Mesa Fever 6-3. Sunday morning brought two more pool play games, Freedom beat Brotherhood from Bergen County, NJ 8-4, and then a very strong Orange Crush team from Syracuse, NY 6-2 allowing the team to go undefeated in pool play at 4-0 tied with Kooper’s Lacrosse club out of Maryland.
Freedom was seeded #2 going into the playoffs and had to face the Orange Crush team once again. This time the game was far closer with the Syracuse team coming out ready to go and taking an early 3-0 lead. Freedom stormed back and eventually won a hard fought battle 6-5.
This set up a championship game with Kooper’s Lacrosse Club who also came in undefeated. Kooper’s came out quick and was up 4 goals before Freedom managed to score. The first half ended with Kooper’s up comfortably at 4-1 and the Freedom team needing to regroup. Koopers took a commanding 6-1 lead with 16 minutes left in the game. From there on the Freedom team played to a much higher level than they had in the 1st half and rode the offensive performance of Matty Traynor, Braeden Lange, Reilly Dugan, Dylan McMahon, Sean Kaiser, & Justin Wescoat to claw their way back into the game. Traynor (2 goals, 10 gbs) was dominant on faceoffs & ground balls while Dugan & Wescoat both added tallies from the midfield. The attack unit of Kaiser (1 assist, 6 gbs), Lange (2 goals, 2 assists), and McMahon (1 goal, 2 assists) played extremely well during the final game as well as throughout the championship.
Defensively, the Freedom team played well throughout the tournament led by Jayden Rowe, JD Shimer, Drew Deves, Aiden Coulter, Luke Shoemaker, & Collin Measel. Jayden Rowe led the way defensively as well as chipped in some goals and assists in transition while Shimer added some much-needed staunch play on the backline. Deves had multiple takeaways and helped to spark transition as well as did Coulter, Measel, and Shoemaker. Both goalies, Ben Tompkins & Tommy O’Malley, played spectacularly. Lastly, Owen McLaughlin won the “unsung hero” award for his phenomenal play at short stick defensive middie where his play led to multiple goals and fast breaks.
Throughout the tournament points were recorded by Traynor, Lange, Kaiser, McMahon, Wescoat, Dugan, Rowe, Shimer, Egan Butala, Luke Wetzel, Tyler Rodriguez, Will Delaney, Jakob Voehringer & Justin Sanelli.
The team is coached by Scott Lange, Scott McMahon, Patrick Coulter and Paul Butala.