By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/14/16
Dan Fisher said competing for Team Philly in Saturday’s inaugural I95 Cup face-off championships at Maplezone Sports Institute was a unique experience.
“The level of competition here was very high,” said Fisher, a 2017 Villanova commit from St. Joseph’s Prep. “I rely on power but these guys were quicker than what I normally face.”
Fisher, also a football player who uses a combination of power and skill to win his face offs, helped Team Philly go 3-0 in round robin play and earn a trip to the finals with an easy semifinal win over New Jersey.
But Fisher and Team Philly fell to Team DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia), 27-24, in the finals.
He lost to Justin Shockey, from Team DMV. The local team had to settle for second place in the tournament, co-sponsored by The Faceoff Academy and the Philly Faceoff League, at the Maple Zone Sports Institute in Upper Chichester.
“We’re pretty disappointed,” said Fisher, who fell to DMV’s Justin Shockey (Landon School, MD).
John Bodnar, the coach of Team Philly, took responsibility for the team’s loss. He said he did not produce the best matchups for his players.
“That falls on me,” said Bodnar, who runs Philly Faceoff. “I did not get it done at the end.”
Team Philly dominated the preliminary round of the I95 Cup title, recording 103 faceoff victories in three matchups.
A defensive lineman on the St. Joe’s Prep football team, Fisher often utilizes his power and skill to win in the circle. On Saturday, he relied more on technique.
“His kind of size is unusual for a good faceoff guy,” Bodnar said. “But Dan is a very nimble, big fella. He showed that today.”