Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/09
La Salle has advanced to the quarterfinals of the inaugural LaxPower National Online Tournament (NOLT).
The Explorers “defeated” Ohio state champion Worthington Kilbourne in the virtual tourney, which began with 64 teams from every lacrosse-playing state. The winners are being chosen by the LaxPower panel of four experts and a computer rankings system based on team records and strength of schedule from the 2009 season.
La Salle went 21-4 and won the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) crown this season. Meanwhile, PIAA runner-up Conestoga saw its virtual season come to and end when it fell to Georgetown Prep.
La Salle now faces New York’s Canandaigua (22-2), the State B champion in the Group 4 finals. The winner of this game faces the winner of the Georgetown Prep-West Islip matchup in the semifinals.
(3) Georgetown Prep (MD) 99.60
(2) Conestoga Pioneers (PA) 99.68
George Baldassare: Georgetown Prep – Georgetown Prep in OT.
Brett Manney: Georgetown Prep – This is a defensive game and the team with the better D is the Hoyas.
Eric Smith: Georgetown Prep – Both defenses are talented, but Jack Kemp in goal is a difference maker.
Ryan Rhode: Georgetown Prep – Conestoga hangs close for three quarters, but the Hoya offense runs away with the game in the fourth.
(1) LaSalle College HS Explorers (PA) 99.80
(5) Worthington Kilbourne Wolves (OH) 95.25
GB: LaSalle – LaSalle by five.
BM: Worthington Kilbourne – The Wolves are more talented than people give them credit for.
ES: Worthington Kilbourne – The only non-East Coast team left continues its magical run
RR: La Salle – Kilbourne has not seen a defense like La Salle’s, Explorers win in a low-scoring affair.