By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/15
Curtis Zappala says his goal early in the third quarter Saturday sparked Episcopal Academy’s 8-7 win over Culver Military Academy.
“That really got us going,” said the senior attackman and Maryland signee.
The Churchmen – playing without two starters in their opener – utilized a dominant third-quarter performance to post an upset victory over the visiting Eagles, the No. 1 team in the Epoch North American Rankings.
Zappala finished with four goals and two assists for Episcopal Academy, which posted four consecutive goals in the third quarter. Eric Haab added four goals and Christian Feliziani won 13 of 19 face-offs.
“This is a huge win for our program,” Zappala said. “Incredible.”
Ethan Walker posted four goals and an assist, while Dawson McKenzie added three goals for Culver Military Academy (2-1). The Eagles went undefeated last season and finished No. 2 overall in the TopLaxRecruits National Rankings. Their win streak ended at 34.
The Eagles led 5-3 less than three minutes into the third quarter on a goal by Walker. However, a personal foul call against midfielder Anthony George less than two minutes later put them at a man-disadvantage.
With George watching from the penalty box, Zappala converted on shot from the left wing to pull the Churchmen within 5-4 with 9:09 left in the third.
“Everything just snowballed from there,” Zappala said.
Haab forged a 5-5 tie just over a minute later. Zappala’s unassisted tally late in the quarter staked Episcopal Academy to its initial lead of the game. Another goal by Haab, on an assist from Zappala, with five seconds left in the third, put the Churchmen ahead 7-5.
Culver pulled within 7-6 early in the fourth quarter, and 8-7 with 2:08 remaining, before the Churchmen held off a late rally, aided by several key caused turnovers by Chris Friedman.
Zappala credited the effort of Episcopal Academy’s defense for keeping the game close. EA trailed 4-2 at halftime, as Colin Reder stopped seven shots.
“Those guys did a great job in the first half,” Zappala said. “If they don’t prevent Culver from scoring eight goals in the first half, we don’t have a chance in the second half.”
Culver coach Jon Posner preferred not to comment.
Episcopal Academy 8, Culver Military Academy 7
Culver MA 3-1-1-2- 7
Episcopal Ac 1-1-5-1- 8
Culver Military Academy — Ethan Walker 4 goals, 1 assist; Dawson McKenzie 3 goals; Wheaton Jackoboice 1 assist; Colin Courtney 1 assist.
Episcopal Academy – Zappala 4 goals, 2 assists; Eric Haab 4 goals; Jake Martellucci 2 assists; Connor Ringwalt 1 assist. Christian Feliziani 13 of 19 FO.
Alec Van De Bovenkamp, CMA, 4 saves
Colin Reder, EA, 9 saves
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