Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/19/14
The Duke’s Lacrosse Club won its third straight Champ Camp title and eighth in nine years today by defeating Ridgewood 1 (N.J.), 10-2, at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field.
Dukes (9-0 overall) had its toughest challenge in the quarterfinals when it edged Tri-State White (N.J.), 9-8 with the help of a late tally by Andre Pettit (Tower Hill-DE, 2015 Lehigh commit, four goals). Otherwise, it dominated, also handing Team Turnpike (N.J.) a 14-4 loss in the semifinals Friday night.
“It’s awesome, especially going out with the 2015 class as our last tournament,” said 2015 attackman Grant Ament (Haverford School, Penn State commit), who had two goals and two assists in the title game. “To end this strong with the Champ Camp Championship is great. That’s what we were looking for.
“The Tri-State 2016 team gave us a run for the money in the quarterfinals and Andrew Pettit basically saved us. Then we woke up and aside from that game we seemed to do it with ease the entire tournament. The other games we had a lot of energy and everything seemed to be clicking and as time went on we got better and better.”
For Ament the championship saved his summer. And All-Inter-Ac and All-EPLCA pick, he missed the Under Armour Underclassmen tryouts in June due to an emergency appendectomy. He returned to action last week for Haverford in the Under Armour Shootout where his team placed second.
“I couldn’t make the Under Armour (Underclassmen) tryouts and that was very disappointing for me,” Ament said. “I knew I had to at least prove something this summer.
“It was great to come out with all these guys and to get back on the field and get my feet under me again. It was a great experience and especially to come out strong like we did. I knew we had an obnoxious amount of talent at attack on the Dukes to back me up if I made a mistake.”
In the title game, Forry Smith (Haverford School, Johns Hopkins) added two goals and an assist and Matt Donnelly (Clearview Regional, Hofstra), Curtis Zappala (Episcopal Academy, Maryland), Corey Richards (Haverford School), Evan Wolf (Lower Merion, Amherst), Drew Schantz (Malvern Prep, Notre Dame) and Robby Kuhn (Moorestown-NJ/PG at Hun School-NJ) each scored once while Pettit and Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin, Princeton) each had two assists and Zach Drake (La Salle, Lehigh) had one.
The goalies – Sean McGovern (Central Bucks East, Boston University), Colin Reder (Episcopal Academy, UNC), Ryan Kern (Salesianum School, Navy) – all played in the final and were solid all tournament long. The face-off specialists – Charles Kelly (Malvern Prep, UNC), Matt Dellacroce (Spring-Ford, Michigan) and Dan Lanham (Garnet Valley, St. Joseph’s U) – also were keys.
Two-way middies Schantz, Kuhn, Jarrett Donaghy (Malvern Prep), Mike Thompson (Radnor) and Chris Friedman (Episcopal Academy) were strong all tourney and overall the attack was led by Pettit, Donnelly, Ament, Sowers, Smith, Zappala (also midfield) and Richards.
The defense was led by Zac Methlie (Springfield-Delco, Lehigh), Ryan Granger (Penncrest), Erik DiGirolamo (Parkland, Lehigh), Matt Binnion (Harriton), Matt Petrick (Kennett, Drexel), and Adam Graham (Clearview, Rutgers) while LSMs LSM’s Dustin Buchanan (CB East, St. Josephs U.), Will Blair (Hempfield, Maryland) and Cole Renninger (Salesianum, Quinnipiac) were forces in the middle of the field.
Offensively, Zach Hare (Spring-Ford, St.Josephs U.), Colin Strange (Hempfield, Marquette), Zach Ward (Hempfield, Cornell), Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep, Penn), Phillip Robertson (St. Anne’s Belfield-VA, UNC) and James Vandegrift (Academy New Church/St. Joseph’s U) also were major contributors.
Pettit said the title was the perfect ending of the summer season for the Dukes 1 program.
“It was the best thing that could have happened and it really did culminate everything we’ve don together the past few years,” he said. “It feels right. The big thing with our team is the chemistry we have together.
“Everybody plays together since we are all from the Philly area and once we get to the summer we look toward Champ Camp and I think that that showed.”
Pettit said the Tri-State game was the key victory.
“Tri-State was a really tough game,” he said. “They have two things you need to pull off an upset – a real good face-off guy and a goalie and they had both of those things. It came down to the last couple seconds and luckily we came out on top.
“We really came together after that game, We knew we had gotten away with one and we weren’t going to let it happen again. Today, especially, we came out really knowing we wanted to win and we came out on fire.”