Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/4/15
The Ridley Masters capped its first year of play Thursday by defeating Team Advil, 10-9, to win the Summer Lacrosse League Masters Division at Ridley High’s Phil Marion field.
In front of an impressive crowd, Ridley got goals by Jason Kilpatrick, Jeff Murray, and Bob Calamita to spark a quick lead and a 6-2 halftime edge. But Advil rebounded behind the play of Jeff Ratcliffe and tied the game 8-8 in the fourth quarter.
Ridley Masters fought back as Jack Morrison and Chris Capozzoli each tallied goals, but it was Brian Pot who scored his third goal of the game late in the final quarter for the winning goal.
Throughout its undefeated summer, the Ridley Masters defense was the strength of the team, but in the final, it was the offense that carried the game. Ridley’s offense was sparked by Kilpatrick and Pot while goalie Matt Murray made many key 1v1 saves. Ridley’s Defense was anchored by Morrison, Chris Bryan, Sean O’Doherty, and Chris Calamita as well as long stick midfield play by Dennis Avicolli, Brad Rumsey, and Scott Berkheimer.
Ridley Masters face-off and two-way middie Marc McKinney did an outstanding job neutralizing Advil’s strong face-off play.
Team Co-Founder Jeff Murray said, “No one knew what to expect coming into this summer, but it was a great lacrosse experience, and a way to reconnect with ex-teammates. We battled Advil the first and last game of the year, and were fortunate each game to come out on top.
“This league has rejuvenated many ex-Ridley lacrosse players who had an incredible time playing the game they love. We are already looking forward to next summer.”
The Ridley Masters team is comprised of All Ridley Lacrosse Alumni, bonding different graduating years together. The team would like to send a special thank you to all of their Families, friends and supporters throughout the season.
Another thank you goes out to all the teams in the Thursday night SLLSEPA Masters Division. In addition to Ridley Masters and Team Advil, the league featured Philly Masters, Bickle Electric, Wilmington, and Kelly’s. Great job by all.