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Saturday’s Under Armour Underclassmen boys’ roundup: Team Philly splits, must defeat Long Island to make playoffs

Saturday, 2nd July 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 7/2/11

Play began today in the second day of action at the Under Armour Underclassmen Games at Towson University with a major upset and a heartbreaking loss for Team Philly.

The West, competing in the tourney for the first time, stunned mighty Baltimore, 13-7, as Matt Emery (St. Ignatius Prep, Cal.) and Brendan Gaughan (La Costa, Canyon, Cal.) each had three goals and an assist. The West (2-0), edged New Jersey, 10-9, in its opener.

For Baltimore, Pat Kelly (Calvert Hall) had two goals and two assists and Spencer Parks (St. Paul;’s) had a goal and an assist.

Meanwhile, Team Philly spit its two games, first suffered a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to New England in two overtimes and then toppling the West, 7-5.

Bradlee Lord (Conestoga) led Philly (1-1) with three goals and an assist and Matt Rambo (Abington) had two goals in the defeat. Will McNamara (Haverford School), Connor Frisina (Conestoga) and Tyler Brooke (Conestoga) each scored once and Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) had seven saves while Robbie Zonino (Conestoga) had six saves.

Team Philly (2-1) led, 8-6, with less than a minute to play but allowed two late goals to send it onto overtime. Philly had a number of good scoring chances in the overtime frames, but could not convert as New England received standout goaltending from rising senior Douglas Gouchoe (Concord-Carlisle, Mass.).

“We should have won, no question about it,” said Philly co-coach Brian Samson (Conestoga). “We had at least five good looks in overtime, and could not convert. Their goalie stood on his head.

“It’s alright – the kids played hard and competed. They have a good team. We just have to win out, now.”

Philly then downed the South as Lord, Brooke, Rambo, McNamara, Sean Coleman (La Salle), Tyler Earley (Penn Charter) and Eric Rankel (Downingtown West) each scored once. Brodeur had seven saves and Zonino posted five saves as Philly led, 5-1, at halftime, and 7-3 after three periods.

Team Philly must defeat Long Island (3-0) Sunday morning (8 p.m.) to have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs.

Other scores today:
Upstate New York 6, New England 5
New Jersey 6, Midwest 3
Long Island 15, South 4
Midwest 8, Washington D.C. 4
Long Island 11, Upstate New York 5
New Jersey 8, Baltimore 7
Washington D.C. 9, West 7


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