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.@FreedomLaxx 2021 wins championship at NXT Philly Summer Invitational

Tuesday, 17th July 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/17/18
From Press Release

The boys of the Freedom Red 2021 team showed tremendous resiliency and grit in winning the NXT Philly Summer Invitational this past weekend sneaking by Evolve out of Toronto, Canada in the finals 7-6.

Freedom 2021 wins title at NXT Summer Invitational

Throughout the tournament the boys in Red, White, & Blue were tested, starting with a 1st round battle with Orange Crush out of Syracuse, NY, in an 8-7 win. They moved on to defeat the other two members of their pool to finish off Saturday 3-0 and win their pool.

Coming into the 10-team playoff seeded #2 Freedom had the unlucky draw of playing DC Express, a team it had never beaten but had been battling for years. Never relinquishing the lead and utilizing a stout defense Freedom won, 3-2. Following that was a semifinal matchup with the Kings which the boys won, forcing a battle with the #1 seed, Evolve from Toronto, in the Championship Game.

Freedom jumped to a 3-0 lead on goals by Sam Forte (Kennett), Braeden Lange (The Shipley School), with an assist by Josh Gallia (The Shipley School), and Justin Wescoat (Pottsgrove) with an assist from Colby Riddell (Avon Grove). Meanwhile, Ben Tompkins (Penn Charter) was strong in goal.

After an Evolve player scored Freedom longpole Sam Morin (Garnet Valley) took it the length of the field, rolled back, and scored with a backhand shot to put Freedom back up by 4-1 goals at halftime.

The second half started with some key saves by goalie Owen Karp (Downingtown West) and after a goal from Evolve, Billy Adams (Episcopal Academy) found Owen Murray (Shanahan) at X for a quick drive and finish to put Freedom up 5-2. After back to back goals from Evolve got them within 5-4, a goal from Lange, assisted by Wescoat, gave Freedom a two-goal cushion again.
Evolve and Freedom traded goals in the 4th on a drive and finish from Owen Murray for his second of the game. Freedom gave up a late man down goal but after a clutch face off win from Tucker Flynn (WC Rustin) – part of a successful two headed face off monster with Richie Hughson (Kennett) – Freedom ran out the clock to secure the championship.

All weekend long the team was led defensively by Morin, Cooper Frankenheimer (Malvern Prep), Cooper Ash (Unionville), JD Shimer (Shanahan), Quinn Hall (Malvern Prep), Vincent Cresci (Kennett), Jack Missett (Henderson) and the strong play of SSDM Justin Sanelli (Methacton) as well as Michael Corrigan (Great Valley) on both offense and defense. In goal Karp and Tompkins both played strong. Defensively, the team was led all weekend by Gallia, Murray, Wescoat, Lange, and Teddy Malone (Unionville) at attack and Flynn, Forte, Adams, Hughson, and Riddell at the midfield.

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