Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/4/14
Team Pennsylvania claimed the inaugural Battle of the States Lacrosse tournament by defeating Team South, 9-3, in the championship game Nov. 22 at Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va.
During pool play, Team Pennsylvania outlasted Team Virginia, 5-4, Team West (CO), 7-6, and Team North (CT), 9-6. PA toppled Team East (NY), 8-5, in the quarterfinals and advanced to the finals with a victory over Team West.
Rundowns on Philly players
Kyle Mullin, Goalie, Pennsylvania/Bayard Rustin, 2017/Duke’s LC, Freedom
Mullin covered the goal and made a strong presence with both his size and communication, constantly giving his defenders direction. At the Battle of the States he showed he is willing to use any part of his body to make a stop. Mullin also moved very well on the field and was active in the clearing game. Mullin showed a lot of poise under pressure when doing so, never turning over the ball.
Shawn Coulter, Midfield, Pennsylvania/Perkiomen Valley, 2017/Duke’s LC, Freedom, Big 4
Coulter was a dual threat, playing attack and midfield. Coulter was effective during clears, catching the ball on the run and was very quick moving down the field. When Coulter was not scoring or feeding he was running the offense. He operated mostly from behind the cage, but also showed that he could attack from all angles and score from both inside and outside. He commanded attention, which opened up lanes for the rest of his teammates.
Dominic DiStefano, Pennsylvania/Malvern Prep, 2017/Philly Freedom, Duke’s LC
DiStefano was an athletic player, making goals with several tenacious drives to the cage. He played as a two-way midfielder that showed good speed in transition and good vision in getting to open space. He made impacts on offense, playing quick, going at defenders and dictating where he wanted to go, sometimes making a play when nothing was available.
Team Pennsylvania was coached by:
Josh Seese / Robert Morris University
Justin Kieffer / Lebanon Valley College