Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/1/21 – Staff Report
The Philly Girls’ Highlight team dropped its first game of the Under Armour Underclass All-America tournament to mighty Long Island, 13-6, Friday and then proceeded to reel off four straight wins.
The fourth was a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory over Baltimore in today’s semifinals. That win earned another date with Long Island in the title game – but Team Philly suffered a 10-8 defeat.
In the 10-9 win over Baltimore. Kiley Mottice (Archbishop Carroll) scored 3 goals, while Kate Galica (Conestoga), Carly Wilson (Agnes Irwin), and Emma Talago (Carroll) each had two.
Team Philly, seeded No. 1 heading into the playoffs, fell to No. 5 seed Baltimore, 9-6, in the semifinals. Ennis Udo (Malvern Prep) had two goals for Philly while Hayes Schreiner (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) was strong in goal in the second half with five saves and Ben McCarthy (Haverford School) and Ross Prince (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) stood out at the faceoff X.
“Give them credit, they didn’t make mistake and they didn’t turn it over,” said Philly coach Brian Dougherty, who gave much credit to co-coaches Peter Lawrence (NXT) and Paul Zelenak (PA Roughriders/Episcopal Academy). “But it was an awesome experience with great kids. Our class is phenomenal; the talent is really good and the we had great support from the families.”
Team Philly suffered a 6-5 defeat to Washington DC in the semifinals. Philly had a 5-3 lead heading into the final period, but was outscored, 3-0, in the stanza. Kyle Lehman (Wissahickon) scored twice for Team Philly while Caelan Driggs (Salesianum School), Andrew Kelly (La Salle) and Jack Pilling (La Salle) each scored once.
Team New Jersey fell to Baltimore, 14-3, in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Team Philly bowed to New England, 10-9, in the quarterfinals. Sarah Kelly (Radnor) and Alex Reilly (Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) each had two goals for Philly while Blair Fox (Agnes Irwin), Ella Springer (Agnes Irwin), Mairyn Dwyer (Agnes Irwin), Quinn Whitaker (Episcopal Academy) and Lulu Rishko (Cape Henlopen) each scored once.