Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/1/18
Haddonfield High 2021 McKenzie Blake scored five goals and tallied the game-winner in overtime to spark New Jersey to a 12-11 win over Washington D.C. today in the championship of the Command Division at the Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament at Towson University.
Blake, who also had four goals in an 11-8 semifinal win over Long Island, won the title game on a wraparound goal. She had 21 overall, earning the tourney MVP honor, as New Jersey went 6-0.
Blake was a standout for Haddonfield’s Group 2 state championship team this spring.
“It was such an unreal experience, from meeting 23 new players to winning the Under Armour national championship with them all in one week,” she said. “And it was such an amazing experience (becoming UA national champs), that I will take with me and my play for a long time!”
Also for Team New Jersey, Clearview Regional 2021 Hailey Russo was an All-Tournament pick.
Team Philadelphia fell to Long Island, 9-5, in the first round of the playoffs.
In the boys’ Command Division, Team Philly fell to Baltimore, 12-4, in the first round of the playoffs and New Jersey was eliminated by eventual champion West, 8-7, in the first round.
In the Highlight Division (2019-2020), Team Philly fell to eventual champion Baltimore, 10-3, in the semifinals. Team Philly face-off specialist Gavin Tygh (Penn Charter) was named to the All-Tournament team. Also, New Jersey fell to Washington D.C., 11-10, in the semis.
In the girls’ Highlight Division, Team Philly fell to New England, 9-7, in the semifinals while New Jersey dropped an 8-7 decision to eventual champion Long Island.
— Matt Kinnear (@mattkinnear) July 1, 2018
NEW JERSEY GIRLS ROSTER – COMMAND
Name Hometown High School Position
McKenzie Blake Haddonfield, NJ Haddonfield Memorial High School Mid-Field
Greta Criqui Essex Fells, NJ Oak Knoll School Mid-Field
Sarah Gresham Calfion, NJ Mount Saint Mary Academy Mid-Field
Paige Harms Brielle, NJ Manasquan High School Mid-Field
Isabella Koch Skillman, NJ The Lawrenceville School Mid-Field
Lara Kology Chatham, NJ Chatham High School Defense
Simone Koryszewski Whitehouse Station, NJ Mount Saint Mary Academy Goalie
Jordyn Lipkin Short Hills, NJ Millburn High School Mid-Field
Ryan Malfa West Long Branch, NJ Shore Regional High School Mid-Field
Katie McCarthy Ridgewood, NJ Ridgewood High School Mid-Field
Gianna Monaco Mt Laurel, NJ Lenape Regional High School Mid-Field
Kate Montalto Brielle, NJ Manasquan High School Goalie
Cooper Palm Glen Ridge, NJ Glen Ridge High School Defense
Haley Riabov Chatham, NJ Chatham High School Attack
Sara Rogers Madison, NJ Oak Knoll School Attack
Hailey Russo Mantua, NJ Clearview Regional Mid-Field
Leah Schaefer long valley, NJ West Morris central high school Mid-Field
Kathryn Siverson Morristown, NJ Morristown High School Mid-Field
Martha Spaeth Califon, NJ Voorhees High School Attack
Annika Spoor New Vernon, NJ Oak Knoll School Mid-Field
Sophie Straka Chatham, NJ Chatham Mid-Field
Reilly Traynor Little Silver, NJ Red Bank Catholic HS Defense