By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/28/21
FREDERICA, Del. – Maybe Duke’s Elite needed a wake-up call.
After falling behind to CW Elite, 3-0, early in the 2024 Victory Events Liberty National Elite Classic AA Davison championship Sunday at Delaware Turf, Duke’s Elite rattled off the next 10 goals and claimed an 11-4 victory.
Hunter Aquino (Academy of the New Church) led the attack with three goals and two assists while Paul Van Bastelaar (La Salle) and Luke Fiorillo (Downingtown East) each had three goals. Faceoff specialist Stevie Davis (La Salle) was a key factor, winning 10 of 12 overall. Duke’s scored four goals to close out the first half for a 4-3 lad and then the first six goals of the second half.
“Once they scored those three goals it gave us a lot of energy,” said Aquino. “We fed off of that. Props to the whole team and our faceoff guy (Davis). he was unbelievable and the sidelines were going crazy.”
“We settled down and when we are 6-on-6 we are very good and we beat them there,” added Jake Parker (Parkland), a midfielder who made the All-Showcase team at Friday’s Liberty National Elite Shwcase at Delaware Turf.
Defensive middie Jack Koch (La Salle) – who also scored once – said his team can run off scoring streaks at any time. Duke’s closed the tourney at 6-0, including a 9-3 semifinal win over the Annapolis Hawks.
“We didn’t lose belief, it was only 3-0,” said Koch. “We can score 10 goals when we want to. We knew we could come back. We just got back our focus.”
Added Davis: “We know how to keep our heads; know how to come back from deficits.”