Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/28/18
Team Canada U15 defeated Team USA, 8-7, in the final game of their 3-game series to wrap up a big day for Canada at the Brogden Cup Friday at the University of Tampa.
In all, Team Canada finished the day with 5 wins and 1 tie. The U15 series closed with a 1-1-1 deadlock as Team USA claimed Thursday night’s opener, 11-6, and opened Friday with a 9-9 tie.
Canada is also 2-0 in the U19 boys and U17 girls series. By virtue of its 5-1-1 overall record, Canada clinched the overall Brogden Cup championship.
In the U19 series, Canada closed with a 13-9 win as Mitcheal Taylor erupted for five goals, Brock Haley had three goals and an assist, Jack Henry Boyden had two goals and two assists, Andrew Dalton one goal and three assists, and Johnathan Peshko had two goals. Brock Strong led the defense with two caused turnovers and Andrew Lagano had 8 saves.
For Team USA, Dom Corto (York Suburban) had two goals and an assist, Ryan Eife (Central Bucks East), Anthony Caporuscio (Crestwood) each scored twice and while Matt Heuston (Hempfield) added a goal and an assist. Mark Sickler (Hershey) and Connor McCoy (Westminster, MD) each scored once. Logan Covey (Westminster, MD) posted 10 saves and Josh Estavillo (Monroe Twp, NJ) had 5 saves.
In the first U19 game Friday, Canada downed the USA, 12-8, as Joshua Rosa, Taylor, Haley, Boyden and Edward Qu each scored twice. Scott Reed and Luke Pilcher each scored once and Pesho had two assists while Caleb Creasor had 13 saves in goal.
For Team USA Sickler scored twice while Kollin Vaught (Central York) and Connor Covey each had one goal and one assist and Eife, Logan Wheeler (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), McCoy and Heuston had one goal each. Logan Covey had 5 saves.
In U17 girls, Canada won the opener, 11-6 as Zoey Kruger scored three goals and Jillian McNaughton (one assist), Jordan Dean each had two. Meg Hiltz and Alexander Nesbitt each had a goal and two assists and Lexie Delisle (one assist) and Reilly Hunter each scored once. Kieran Gerow had 6 saves.
Gianna Monaco (Lenape, N.J.) and McKenna Woodworth (Horseheads, N.Y.) each scored two goals for Team USA while Brenna Whiteside (Spring-Ford, PA) had a goal and an assist and Audrey Estavillo (Monroe Twp, NJ) scored once. Ahnika Eberl (Arthur P. Schalick, N.J.) had 8 saves.
In the other U17 girls game, Canada prevailed, 14-5 as Kruger scored four, Delisle had three goals and an assist, Hiltz scored three and McNaughton scored twice and dished three assists. Nesbitt added three assists and Dean and Gerow each scored once. Paige Pagano had five saves. For the US, Woodworth scored twice and Monaco (two caused turnovers), Estavillo and Allison Crusey (Lithia, FL) each scored once. Eberl had 8 saves.
In the final U15 game, Bowie Horsman scored three goals, Braeden Niemy had two and Alex Roussel added a goal and two assists while Michael Blaymires and Lucas Dudemaine each scored once. Cody Coulson had 11 saves and Noah Meridew stopped two.
Breyden Harrison (Apex, N.C.) had two goals and two assists for the US and Nathan Nicholas (Apex) scored twice. Thomas Parkes (Wilmington, N.C., Duke’s LC), Nicholas Castro (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Maverick Shotwell (Raleigh, N.C.) each scored once.
In the 9-9 tie earlier Friday, Xander Craven (Franklinville, N.C.) scored twice for Team USA while Caden Castle (Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Harrison, Nicholas and Castro each had a goal and an assist. Bryce Ledwith (Raleigh) had 5 saves and Drew Wheeler (Fuquay-Varina) posted 3 saves.
For Canada, Roussel had two goals and an assist while Bowen and Accursi each had a goal and an assist and Dudemaine, Alexander Marinier, Eric McDonald, Braeden Niemy and Horsman each scored once. Coulson had 13 saves.