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Philly’s @big5lacrosse places strong 5th in Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse

Sunday, 8th July 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Youth  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/28
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Philly’s Big 5 squad placed an impressive fifth place at the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse (U13) this week in Denver, Colorado.

Philly’s Big 5 placed 5th at the World Series of Youth Lacrosse

Big 5 (5-2 overall) fell to eventual champion Team 91 Bandits (NY), 8-5, in the quarterfinals and toppled Team Colorado Outlaws, 7-5, in the fifth-place consolation. Goalie Patrick Jamieson (Mesa) was named First-Team All-World and midfielder Alexander Nikolic (Mesa) was a Second-Team All-World selection.

Head coach Ryan Sankey (team 11) said the players jelled and met all expectations.

“It’s extremely tough task to break young players out of their shell, let alone players who compete year round with rival clubs in the Philadelphia area,” he said. “In all the years coaching I have never experienced a group of young men be able to put aside club affiliations and individual/ personal success aside to accomplish a team goal. From the outsiders perspective you would have thought that the players had known each other and played with each other year round.

“Players were able to not only see the top competition from all over the country, they were also able to compete and win at a high level as well.

“The parents who supported the coaches/players were amazing on and off the field in everything they did. Beyond the lacrosse aspect, what I found to be really amazing was the unity of the players and parents had in staying together on and off the field. I’ve seen so many tournaments where after the games are played during the day, parents and players tend to break off and go their separate ways, but this was never a thought as we were together in everything we did, and with laughter and smiles the whole way!”

Highlights of the tourney:

2018 WORLD SERIES OF YOUTH LACROSSE ALL WORLD

Big 5’s All-World picks were Alexander Nikolic (20) and Patrick Jamieson (1), flanked by coaches Ryan Sankey (left) and Tom Slate

Big 5 Roster
Attack
Jimmy Kennedy #22 (Freedom)
Lucas Slate #43 (Rising Sons)
Brendan Dundas #15 (Team 11)
Billy Irish #99 (Rising Sons)
Rocco Ippoldo #8 (Team 11)
Colin French #16 (Mesa)
Midfield
Aj Nikolic #20 (Mesa)
Austin Conner #26 (Mesa)
Dylan Kavanagh #25 (Team 11)
Seth Michalak/FO #17 (Rising Sons)
Max Goldstein #9 (Mesa)
Luke Arena #2 (Team 11)
Brennan Fisher #6 (Team 11)
Sam Lewis/FO #11 (Team 11)
Defense/LSM
Brendan Cooleen #47 (Rising Sons)
Brandon Solomon #4 (Team 11)
Patrick Keenan #7 (Duke’s)
Ethan Greenlee #24 (Team 11)
Sam Barton #21 (Brotherly Love)
Steve Getsie #55 (Rising Sons)
Jake Melchionni #5 (Mesa)
Goalie
Patrick Jameison #1 (Mesa)
Vincent Probst #0 (Team 11)

Games

Big 5

BIG 5 (9) vs Saltwater (4) / Win
BIG 5 (6) vs Mad Dog West (5) Win
BIG 5 (8) vs Evolve Elite (10) Lost
BIG 5 (7) vs Shore 2 shore (2) Win
BIG 5 (7) vs Michigan Warriors (3) Win
BIG 5 (4) vs Team 91 Bandits (8) Lost (Quarter Finals Playoff)
BIG 5 (7) vs Team Colorado Outlaws (5) Win

All-World picks
FIRST TEAM
PATRICK JAMEISON – GOALIE (MESA)
SECOND TEAM
ALEXANDER NIKOLIC – MIDFIELD (MESA)

Finished 1st Overall in Goals Against Average In WSYL
Vince Probst 2.50 Goals Against Average

BIG 5 LACROSSE FINAL STANDINGS
FINISHED 5th Overall
(24 teams overall)
5-2 Record overall

Leading scorers
Alexander Nikolic 10 goals / 3 Assist
Dylan Kavanagh 6 goals / 2 Assists
Austin Connor 7 Goals
Luke Arena 5 Assists

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Ryan Sankey (Team 11 Lacrosse)
Defensive Coordinator: Tom Slate (Rising Sons)
Offensive Coordinator: Dennis Goldstein (Mesa)
General Manager: Paul Solomon

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