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Team USA U19 (Team Pennsylvania) savors experience of International tourney at Brogden Cup

Tuesday, 1st January 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, International  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/1/19

Team USA’s Dominic Corto said competing in the Brogden Cup against an elite Team Canada was a memorable experience – win or lose.

“Definitely, having the USA jersey on my back was something I am never going to forget,” said the 2020 attackman from York Suburban, TEAM Lacrosse and Duke’s LC. “We got to keep the jersey, shorts and helmet; I am going to frame the jersey.

Team USA

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Corto and his Team Pennsylvania teammates who won the National Lacrosse Classic High School championship last summer comprised Team USA at the international event, a yearly tourney held Thursday through Saturday at the University of Tampa. The Brogden Cup featured 3-game series between U19 and U15 boys and U17 girls teams from the NLC, and All-Stars squads from Team Ontario that made up Team Canada.

Overall, Team Canada dominated the wins and losses, sweeping both the U19 boys and U17 girls. The U15 boys split, 1-1-1.

Corto’s Team USA squad, though, held its own against a Canada squad loaded with Division I commits and signees, The first game was 12-8, the second was 13-9 and even though the final game ended, 12-4, Team USA Coach Frank Corto (Dominic’s father) was proud of his team’s effort to the end.

Dominic Corto (left), Coach and father Frank Corto

“The Canadians play a different brand. They are a little rougher and a little faster. I am not a big fan of losing – or losing all three. But this was bigger than that. Five years from now, the kids won’t remember they lost these three games; they will remember all the fun times hanging out.

“They didn’t dominate us. I know we lost the last game by 7 or 8 goals, but they just play the game at a faster pace and they were a little older. We were playing their (international) rules and they caught us in transition and scored 75 percent of the time. They don’t drop the ball. And they teach their kids to go hard after every ball. They attack groundballs, like a swarm of bees. Not one groundball went uncontested; and they must have picked up 95 percent of them. They were just bigger, stronger and faster.

“One thing I liked is that we never never quit. We played them straight up in the second half of the third game. There is something to be said about that character building; if you get knocked down you get back up.”

Said Dominic Corto about Team Canada: “Their box (experience) helps a lot. You can tell their box skills help them. Their stick skills are so much better than ours. And they love to compete. This is a good kickoff to the spring season, playing some really good competition.”

The two USA faceoff men, Kollin Vaught (Central York, now a freshman at Community College of Baltimore County at Essex) and Ryan Prum (2019, Ridley High, Susquehanna commit), did manage to win at least half the draws. At times, though, the gritty work by the Canadian wing players forced turnovers or led to groundballs.

“Playing against the Canadians was a cool learning experience,” Vaught said. “This will really help my game. I learned a lot about what I need to work on. “They are strong on the groundball game. They hustle all the time; when we won the ball they’d just after the ball even harder!

“Playing with these guys (USA teammates) was a real fun experience. Outside of lacrosse I made some great friendships. We kept hustling and grinding to the end and that’s what I loved about this team.”

Team Canada (left), Team USA

Prum was proud to wear the USA jersey.

“It was awesome to just put on the USA jersey,” he said, “Even though we lost all three we competed with them and gave it our best. Their team was pretty stacked with D1 commits.

“I think we had a special bond, being from PA and playing the way we do. We all bonded together in a great way. Even after playing lacrosse and going to the banquet we went and played basketball. We didn’t have to do that, we just wanted to be together.”

What impressed Prum about Team Canada?

“I just really think their ability to find the backside and trick our defense into going one way was tough,” said Prum who noted that he had to adjust to international rules on placing his hands and waiting for the whistle at the faceoff X. “They kept scoring off the back side. Also, on attack we saw their long poles played solid defense and every time we would dodge they would slide with one or two defenders. Their defense was great and you could see they had been playing together for a while.”

Ryan Prum (left), Seamus McCloskey


Coach Corto said many of the players were joined by their families on the trip and got to experience an international event in a neat setting. The event was run by Legacy Global Lacrosse.

“It was a great experience,” said Frank Corto. “It really is cool to come down to Florida with the families who don’t know each other and get to hang out. They had some nice receptions for us and the we go to see what the game of lacrosse can do for you. It’s done a lot for me. And this was a chance for a lot families to see that piece of the puzzle.”

“From the kids’ eyes, it was a really good experience,” added Corto. “I think the kids got to see a different piece of lacrosse that they were not used to.”

Team USA U19 (Team Pennsylvania)
First Name Last Name City State Position School Graduation Year
Noah Arneson Holly Springs (Holy Spring High) North Carolina D 2020
John Betzko Wyoming (Dallas High) Pennsylvania D 2019
Connor Bross Wernersville (Conrad Weiser) Pennsylvania M 2020
Anthony Caporuscio Mountain Top (Crestwood) Pennsylvania A 2020
Jake Cavanaugh Drexel Hill (Cardinal O’Hara) Pennsylvania D 2020
Dominic Corto York (York Suburban) Pennsylvania A 2020
Conner Covey Finksburg (Westminster) Maryland M 2020
Logan Covey Finksburg (Westminster) Maryland G 2020
Sean Curcio Lancaster (Manheim Twp) Pennsylvania A 2019
Dominic Deluca West Pittston (Wyoming Area) Pennsylvania M 2020
Ryan Eife Doylestown (Central Bucks East) Pennsylvania M/A 2019
Joshua Estavillo Monroe Township (Monroe Twp) New Jersey G 2020
Jackson Gowie Havertown (Haverford High) Pennsylvania A 2020
Matt Heuston Lancaster (Hempfield) Pennsylvania M 2019
Connor Knittle Camp Hill (Trinity) Pennsylvania D 2020
Seamus McCloskey Wallingford (Haverford School) Pennsylvania D 2019
Connor McCoy Wernersville (Conrad Weiser) Pennsylvania M/A 2019
Billy Meyer Bayville (Toms River South) New Jersey D 2020
Ryan Prum Secane (Ridley) Pennsylvania FOGO 2019
Justin Shocker York (York Suburban) Pennsylvania D 2019
Mark Sickler Hummelstown (Hershey) Pennsylvania M/A 2019
Kollin Vaught (Central York) CCBC, Baltimore Maryland FOGO 2018
Logan Wheeler (Fuquay-Varina High) North Carolina M/A 2020

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