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Barraco, Campbell lead Team USA U18 to thriller over Canada in Brogdon Cup final; Philly players help USA U18 girls roll

Sunday, 17th October 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, International  

By Chris Goldberg,, Posted 10/17/21

Team USA U18 faceoff specialist Matt Barraco said succeeding in the most intense moments in International competition this weekend at the USA Fall Classic Brogden Cup will be something he never forgets.

“These types of situations will help me mentally by being able to, as (Head) Coach (Steven) Brooks says, ‘Dial in and get locked into the next play,'” said Barraco, a 2022 Harvard commit from Parkland High (PA). “These situations bring you closer to your teammates; I know these guys will be talking about this for a long time to come.

“It was absolute an honor to be able to represent the United States in International games against the Iroquois Nation and Team Ontario.”

Matt Barraco (center) is joined by USA teammates Carter Kempney (Carthage High/Syracuse commit) and Wells Bergstrom (Manheim Township/Big 4HHH/Delaware)

Thanks to Barraco’s clutch play at the faceoff X, Team USA won both of its games over Team Ontario in overtime, and finished 4-0 overall at the tourney held at two Baltimore sites. In today’s games, Team USA defeated Team Ontario, 6-5, in overtime and then closed the tourney by tallying the six four goals in an 8-4 triumph over the Haudenosaunee Nationals. Games today were played at USA Lacrosse Headquarters at Tierney Field and Saturday at St. Paul’s School.

In today’s win over Team Ontario, Team USA allowed four straight goals after seizing a 5-1 lead. But Barraco won the overtime faceoff and fed the ball to Tristin Jewell, who passed to Nate Kabari. Kabari dodged strong and got off a tough shot, and Collin Campbell (Sanford School-DE) somehow converted the rebound from Cody Coulson with a remarkable behind-the-back shot for the game-winner.

In Sunday’s 13-12 victory over Team Ontario, Barraco won the first OT faceoff and scored the game-winner himself.

“Going out there was a very similar situation to the day before,” said Barraco of his mental approach to the overtime faceoff today. “When I was walking out to faceoff X, I looked for the best matchups at the wins.

“Tristin was open and I was able to win straight through my legs to Tristin, who kept the ball. Kabari came across the crease with a phenomenal dodge and barely missed, but Collin was right there with a crazy BTB shot.”

The Brogden Cup featured the USA Select U16 and U18 boys’ and girls’ teams. Team USA swept all 16 of its games. More than 1,600 players participated in the tryout process for the USA Select teams, with 88 ultimately representing the country this weekend.

“It felt amazing,” Campbell told Lacrosse Magazine of the game-winner. “I honestly felt I missed the goal, but then I heard the ping from the back of the net and just ran to celebrate with the team. I kind of caught the ball off the ground, saw I had no angle, so I just pulled it and it went in.”

After the thrilling win, Team USA got another big challenge from the Haudenosaunee Nationals, who took a 4-2 lead in the first half. Team USA went ahead for good, 5-4, on an extra-man goal by Mark Cheng (Miramonte-CA, Duke’s LC) and claimed the 8-4 triumph. Cheng had two goals.

Barraco won 8 of his 11 faceoffs today. “It took a little adjusting to get used to the International rules for the faceoff position,” said Barraco, a First-Team East Penn Conference and All-Phillylacrosse Lehigh Valley pick. . “You are allowed to keep it in the back of your stick; there were little things like that.

“Going 4-0 was great. It was something the whole team set out to do – to show the other countries as well as ourselves we deserve to be here and that we will represent US Lacrosse to the best of our abilities.

“Like I said, it was an honor and an experience I will never forget.”

PHILLY GIRLS HELP TEAM USA ROLL – Team USA U18 went 4-0 in the Brogdon Cup with help from (Left to right) Lydia Colasante (Tatnall School-DE/All-American Aim, Charlotte Hodgson (Penn Charter/Big4HHH), Kiley Mottice (Archbishop Carroll/Phantastix), Paris Masaracchia (Bishop Shanahan/PA Express). A fifth Philly girl, Maggie Golder, is shown below
Team USA’s Maggie Golder (Pennsbury/Ultimate) celebrate the Brogden Cup
Annabella Schafer (Hill School/NXT) helped Team USA o undefeated in the U16 division of the Brogden Cup

Sunday Scores
Ontario 10, Haudenosaunee 3
USA Select 6, Ontario 5 (OT)
USA Select 8, Haudenosaunee 4

Ontario 9, Haudenosaunee 3
USA Select 10, Ontario 2
USA Select 17, Haudenosaunee 1

Ontario 10, Haudenosaunee 2
USA Select 12, Ontario 2
USA Select 13, Haudenosaunee 0

Haudenosaunee 8, Ontario 5
USA Select 12, Ontario 3
USA Select 10, Haudenosaunee 4

Team USA U18 – went 4-0

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