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Under Armour Underclassmen Games preview: Philly boys’ coach Friel has high expectations

Thursday, 30th June 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, Events, High School, Recruiting, Tournaments  

By Chris Goldberg, posted 6/30/11

Team Philly coach Mike Friel is hoping his squad gets off to a good start when it opens play Friday in the annual Under Armour Underclassmen Games at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Friel was head coach last year when a highly-talented Philly team took an early lead and then dropped a heartbreaking 10-9 decision to Baltimore in the opening game of the tourney. Still reeling from that loss, Philly fell to Upstate New York, 9-8, in overtime in the second game that day.

Philadelphia ended up with a just a 1-3 record and a sixth-place finish in the eight-team field. Friel said that first loss to Baltimore seemed to set the team back throughout the tourney.

This year, Friel, the former coach at Springfield-Delco, will take another highly-touted squad to Towson to compete in a field that has expanded to 10 teams. Philly is playing in the Red Division with Long Island, Upstate New York, New England and the South all-stars. Philly opens Friday against Upstate New York at noon.

“You do have to win right away; you can’t slip up” said Friel, who is being assisted by Brian Samson (Conestoga head coach) and Tom Lemieux (Springfield-Delco). “Our whole mindset is to compete from the beginning. We are good, no doubt about it and I am going down there to win the whole thing.”

The Philly roster is dotted with players headed to top Division I programs and two highly-touted rising juniors from La Salle, attackman Matt Rambo and midfielder Sean Coleman. Six of the players – attackmen Connor Frisina (committed to Delaware), Bradleee Lord (Maryland) and Tyler Brooke (Maryland), midfielder Adam Goins (Notre Dame), defenseman Jamie Ikeda (Duke) and sophomore goalie Robbie Zonino – are from Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Conestoga and four – midfielder Sam Rohr (Penn), LSM/midfielder Will McNamara (Virginia), face-off specialist Will Gural and defenseman Warner Bailey (Georgetown) – are from undisputed national champion Haverford School.

The rest of the team features defensemen Ryan Guittare (Penn State) and Ryan Lehman (Maryland) of Garnet Valley, defensemen Eddie Morris (Johns Hopkins) and Jack Sheridan (Notre Dame) of Malvern Prep, defensemen Chris Panichelli (Drexel/Bishop Shanahan) and Matt Ward (Ridley), goalie Steve Brodeur (Lehigh/Strath Haven), face-off specialist Mike Barnes (Drexel/Radnor), midfielders Tyler Earley (Penn Charter) and Eric Rankel (Robert Morris/Downingtown West) and attackmen Trevor Kupecky (rising junior/Upper Merion) and Parker Self (Central Bucks East).

“I think we will be very good defensively,” said Friel. “I was super impressed with them and since we are bringing eight of them we are going to press out and get after them and let them do what they do best.”

In goal, Friel said he’ll use both Brodeur and Zonino, but settle on one if a layer shines.

“One thing we are going to do is ride the hot goalie,” Friel said. “We want to play everybody, but at crunch time we’ll use the 10 players that really getting after it.”

Boys’ Underclassmen Divisions

Long Island
New England
Upstate New York

New Jersey
Washington D.C.

Boys’ Schedule

12 p.m.
New Jersey v Wash. DC Field 1
Upstate NY v Philadelphia Field 2

2 p.m.
Midwest v Baltimore Field 1
New England v Long Island Field 2

4 p.m.
New Jersey v West Field 2
Upstate NY v South Field 1

8 a.m.
Upstate NY v New England Field 1
New Jersey v Midwest Field 2

10 a.m.
South v Long Island Field 1
West v Baltimore Field 2

12 p.m.
Wash. DC v Midwest Field 1
Philadelphia v New England Field 2

2 p.m.
Baltimore v New Jersey Field 1
Long Island v Upstate NY Field 2

4 p.m.
Philadelphia v South Field 1
Wash. DC v West Field 2

8 a.m.
Baltimore v Wash. DC Field 1
Long Island v Philadelphia Field 2

10 a.m.
West v Midwest Field 1
South v New England Field 2

12:45 p.m.
Blue 1 vs Red 2 Field 1
Red 1 vs Blue 2 Field 2

3:15 p.m.
Finals Field 1

2011 Philly Boys’ Under Armour Underclassmen Games Roster

Warner Bailey 2012 Haverford School Radnor, PA Defense
Mike Barnes 2012 Radnor Radnor, PA Midfield
Steve Brodeur 2012 Strath Haven Wallingford, PA Goalie
Tyler Brooke 2012 Conestoga Berwyn, PA Attack
Sean Coleman 2013 La Salle Doylestown, PA Midfield
Tyler Earley 2012 Penn Charter Maple Green, PA Midfield
Connor Frisina 2012 Conestoga Berwyn, PA Attack
Adam Goins 2012 Conestoga Berwyn, PA Midfield
Ryan Guittarre 2012 Garnet Valley Garnet Valley, PA Defense
Will Gural 2012 Haverford School Haverfod, PA Midfield
Jamie Ikeda 2012 Conestoga Berwyn, PA Defense
Trevor Kupecky 2013 Upper Merion King of Prussia, PA Attack
Ryan Lehman 2012 Garnet Valley Garnet Valley, PA Defense
Bradlee Lord 2012 Conestoga Devon, PA Attack
Will McNamara 2012 Haverford School Haverford, PA Midfield
Eddie Morris 2012 Malvern Prep Newtown Square, PA Defense
Chris Panichelli 2012 Bishop Shanahan West Chester, PA Defense
Matt Rambo 2013 La Salle Glenside, PA Midfield
Eric Rankel 2012 Downingtown West Downingtown, PA Midfield
Sam Rohr 2012 Haverford School Malvern, PA Midfield
Parker Self 2012 Central Bucks East Doylestown, PA Attack
Jack Sheridan 2012 Malvern Prep West Chester, PA Defense
Matt Ward 2012 Ridley Swarthmore, PA Defense
Robert Zonino 2013 Conestoga Paoli, PA Goalie


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