By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/13/14
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Mickey Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Lehigh commit) scored three goals and Charlie Durbin (Belmont Hill, Princeton) added two goals as Laxachusetts toppled LB3 Atlanta, 10-5, today to claim the 2015 championship at the Philly Summer Invitational at Downingtown High School.
Laxachusetts finished undefeated in the tourney, also downing HEADstrong LC (PA), 7-6, and Building Blocks (N.J.), 7-0, in the playoffs today.
“There is nothing like a summer tournament,” said Sam Murphy (Thayer Academy, MA), an uncommitted midfielder who had one goal for Laxachusetts. “It’s fun playing with all these guys.
“When we play together we can beat anybody. Our defense has always been unbelievable. It’s up to our offense and we have threats everywhere, from attack to middie and even some of our poles.”
Laxachusetts took a 4-2 halftime lead and never let LB3 – led by Luke Wittenberg’s three goals – get closer than two goals. Teddy Strzetelski (Noble & Greenough, Cornell) had three saves in goal while Jack Corbett (Duxbury, Harvard) had two saves.
Murphy, looking closely at Tufts, was a Second Team all-league middie for Thayer Academy’s first-ever Independent School league championship this spring.
“Winning the ISL title was unbelievable,” he said. “I knew we had tons of talent.”
Laxachusetts faced its toughest challenge of the tourney in the quarterfinals when it rallied from a 5-2 deficit to down HEADstrong. Durbin, Gendron and Sharpe scored consecutive goals in that game to give Laxachusetts a 7-5 lead. Fitzpatrick had two goals in that game.
In the shutout over Building Blocks, Strzetelski had 10 saves and Corbett made four stops.
“The toughest game was HEADstrong,” said Murphy. “They moved the ball and their fundamentals were great. They played well together. I think we got lucky in that game.”
LB3 also had a strong showing.
“I thought we played pretty hard the whole tournament; we’d get down but go on a run,” said Wittenberg, a 2015 attackman at Harrison (GA). “The heart of this team is pretty big. We fight through adversity. We just came up short.”
Wittenberg believes that the Georgia lacrosse region is building quickly.
“I think it’s going to turn into a hotbed in a few years,” he said. “We have a bunch of great talent and athleticism and great coaching at LB3. We are headed in the right direction definitely.”
Laxachusetts 4-6- 10
LB3 Atlanta 2-3- 5
Laxachusetts goals: Mickey Fitzpatrick 3, Charlie Durbin 2, Matthew Sharpe 1, Parker Jean 1, Vaughn Gendron 1, Sam Murphy 1, Eamon Hunter 1.
LB3 goals – Luke Wittenberg 3, Tyler Wilks 1,William Pratt 1
Laxachusetts – Teddy Strzetelski 3, Jack Corbett 2
LB3 – Jake Adams 4, Mason King 5