By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/1/22
Team Phill goalie Patrick Jameison wasn’t worried when Long Island scored 10 seconds into the semifinal game of the boys’ Highlight All-America Underclass semifinal matchup Sunday at Elkridge, Md.
“It was a ride awakening,” said Jameison, a Conestoga 2023 committed to Duke. “But defensively, we just had fun turning over the ball and helping us win. For us getting results was fun.”
Led by Jameison, the tourney MVP, Team Philly had a lot of good times last weekend.
Philly defeated Long Island in the semifinal feature game, 6-4, to avenge its only loss (7-6) of the tourney and then blitzed New Jersey, 17-4, for the championship. It was the third Highlight crown for Philly’s program and completed a Philly sweep (Command downed Washington DC, 11-6 for he title).
“The (Long Island semifinal) game was just 2-2 going into the final period so we had a huge defensive game,” said Jameison. “Our close defenders, LSM and defensive middies all played hard and so well.”
AJ Nikolic (2023, Malvern Prep, Cornell commit, recently named Phillylacrosse Co-Player of the Year) had the game-winner in the semifinal battle. Philly Coach Tom Lemieux (Springfield-Delco) called the game “a war” and said his troops made the clutch plays when needed.
Jameison said the toughest part of the title game was the 4-hour wait following the semifinals win.
“We talked about it and figured if we were waiting 4 hours to play for the championship we better play super hard and go out and crush them,” he said. “Everyone came ready to play and we kept it up the whole game.
“We had a ton of talent, but everyone worked together so well. It wasn’t about who was scoring, it was that someone was scoring.”
Team Philly head coach Tom Lemieux said the games with Long Island were highly intense.
“They (L.I.) were really good and really physical, but I thought our kids competed so hard all weekend,” said Lemieux, a Long Islander himself (from Comsewogue HS). “It was hot out there, but all of our 22 guys really got after it and played as a team the whole way.
“Our faceoff guys were great and we rode really hard. We did some things you don’t normally see in the summer and that got us wins. the Long Island games were really intense and the sidelines were filled with college coaches.”
Lemieux also credited co-coaches Rob Forster, Paul Zelenak, Bobby Healy, Ryne Adolph, and John Bodnar.
In the title game, Nate Lucchesi (2024; Radnor) had a hat trick, and Dylan Jaszcz (2024; Episcopal Academy) added a goal and three assists. Ryan Cunningham (2023; Salesianum School, Villanova) and Ben McCarthy (2024, Haverford School) were keys at the faceoff X and the defense of all-tourney Roman Buono (2023, Malvern Prep, Yale, Pa.), Matt Wills (2024; La Salle), Chase Cellucci (2024, Salesianum School), Michael Waite (2023, Downingtown East, St. Joseph’s), Patrick Keenan (2023, Malvern Prep, Penn State) and Walker Schwartz (2023, Germantown Academy, Cornell) was dominant. Hayes Schreiner (2024; Chestnut Hill Academy) also was a key along with Jameison in goal. Nathan Bradley (2023, Academy of the New Church), Bo Horvath (2023, Downingtown East, Lehigh) and Cooper Mueller (2023; Radnor, Princeton) stood out at short stick midfield.
Ryan Goldstein (2023, Phillylacrosse Co-Player of the Year for Radnor, PG at Salusvury School-CT, Cornell) also was an all-tourney pick, along with Kyle Lehman (2023; Wissahickon, Penn State), who missed the final with an injury.