Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/24/11
The Penn Star U15 squad went 5-0-1 last weekend at the US Lacrosse Youth Festival at Raleigh, N.C.
Combining shutdown defense/goalie play and a wide open offensive scheme, Penn Star U15 outscored its opponents 66-13 and posted two shutouts.
Highlights are as follows:
Game 1: Penn Star 12 – Western MD 1:
Strong defense and goaltending led the way. Matt Eckles and Sam Gindhart combined for 10 saves in goal. Jake Peden and Damase Bagbonon controlled the middle of the field with close defenders Mike Farnish and Jack Twohig leading in ground balls. Evan Wolf and Zach Drake each had three assists with Drew Supinski, Hunter Jones and Corey Richards contributed two goals each.
Scoring-Wolf (2g, 3a) Drake (1g, 3a) Supinski (2g) Jones (2g) Richards (2g) Brendan Jacobs (1g) Mike Thompson (1g) Curtis Zappala (1g) Matt Miller (1g).
Game 2: Penn Star 14, FL Snipers 0
Strong team defense limited the Snipers to two shots. Wolf and Zappala led in assists with three each. Richards had four goals to lead Penn Star while Jack Norton had a breakout offensive game with two goals and an assist. Brendan Jacobs scored again from midfield.
Scoring- Richards (4g) Norton (2g, 1a) Drake (2g, 1a) Wolf (3a) Zappala (3a) Supinski (1g, 1a) Jones (2g) Jacobs (1g) Thompson (1g) Chris Friedman (1g)
Game 3: Penn Star 13, South NJ 5
Eckles and Gindhart combined for 13 saves while Ben Euler and Miller Joyce locked down NJ’s attack lines. Matt Miller contributed the first goal for Penn Star at a critical momentum point. Mike Thompson continued to excel at midfield. Drake had four assists and Wolf scored three goals.
Scoring-Wolf (3g, 2a) Drake (1g, 4a) Zappala (2g, 1a) Jones (2g) Richards (2g) Supinski (1g) Grant Ament (1a) Thompson (1g) Chris Sabia (1g) Miller (1g) Friedman (1g)
Game 4: Penn Star 11, Hudson Valley (NY) 2
In a first half that was all possession by HV, Penn Star kept it close behind the work of LPM’s Peden and Bagbonon. In the second half the scoring opened up as Jones led the way with three goals. Chris Friedman provided a spark from midfield.
Scoring- Jones (3g) Supinski (2g) Richards (2g) Wolf (1g, 1a) Drake (1g, 1g) Zappala (1g) Friedman (1g) Ament (1a)
Game 5: Penn Star 11, Upper Shelf 0
This game was all about defense again as Euler, Twohig, Miller and Farnish shut down the opponent. Grant Ament, Chris Sabia were solid in the midfield with Sabia and Supinski continuing to dominate the face-off X.
Scoring-Wolf (1g, 4a) Jones (3g) Richards (3g) Supinski (1g, 1a) Zappala (1g, 1a) Ament (2a) Thompson (1g) Drake (1g) Friedman (1a)
Game 6: Penn Star 5, North NJ 5
In a classic battle, Penn Star twice overcame two-goal deficits to tie the game. Matt Miller again came thru with a timely goal to put Penn Star on the board, 2-1. After a NJ North score, Supinski dodged for a lefty rip to bring Penn Star within one, 3-2. Zappala connected with Jones to tie the score going into halftime 3-3. In the second half NJ opened up a 5-3 lead that held to the final two minutes. Drake scored to make it 5-4 and Zappala’s wing dodge brought Penn Star even at 5-5 with 30 seconds to play.
Scoring-Zappala (1g, 1a) Supinski (1g) Jones (1g) Miller (1g) Drake (1g)
The Penn Star coaches were Brian Zappala, Hank Resch, Jim Drake and Chip Jones. Fourteen players contributed a goal and/or assist throughout the weekend. The middies, defensemen and goalies combined to limit the opponents to nine shots per game and a goals against average of 2.2. Penn Star wishes a speedy recovery to Phil Poquie, who could not join the team in Raleigh due to injury. It was truly a memorable experience for the boys, coaches and parents.
Sam Gindhart Coventry
Matt Eckles Warrington
Evan Wolf Ashbee
Chris Sabia Souderton
Grant Ament Central Bucks
Jack Twohig West Chester
Jack Norton Radnor
Jake Peden Lionville
Corey Richards Ashbee
Damase Bagbonon Conestoga
Ben Euler Ashbee
Zach Drake Warrington
Curtis Zappala Episcopal
Michael Farnish Radnor
Hunter Jones Abington
Miller Joyce Ashbee
Drew Supinski Collegeville
Matt Miller Conestoga
Brendan Jacob Springfield
Michael Thompson Radnor
Chris Friedman Great Valley
Philip Poquie Ashbee (injured)
Brian Zappala Head Coach
Hank Resch Assistant Coach
Jim Drake Assistant Coach
Chip Jones Assistant Coach