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Baltimore boys win five one-goal games to repeat as @UALacrosse champions; all-tourney picks released

Monday, 14th July 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Tom Peace, Posted 7/14/14

Ethan Mintzer (Calvert Hall, 2016/Maryland) and Andy Matthews (Gilman, 2015/North Carolina) scored late in the game to break a 10-10 tie as Baltimore repeated as Under Armour Underclassmen games boys’ champion Sunday with a 12-11 victory over Philadelphia at Towson University.

Baltimore boys win Under Armour Underclassmen championship

Baltimore boys win Under Armour Underclassmen championship

Tournament MVP A.J. Barretto (St. Paul’s, 2015)/Army) was a key in goal and attackman Alex Roesner (Loyola Blakefield, 2015/Penn) led the attack as Baltimore won its 12th straight Under Armour game.

Philly’s top scorer, all-tourney pick Curtis Zappala (Episcopal Academy, 2015/Maryland, 3G) put his team up 9-8 before Roesner scored twice to make it 10-9. Matt Moore (Garnet Valley, 2017/Virginia) then tied it.

Baltimore finished with an amazing five one-goal games; one being an 8-7, overtime triumph over the ever-improving South in the semifinals. Matthews had the game-winner in that one.

“We had a great unit and a lot of guys stepped up,” said Roesner. “The team came together. We toughed it out, we won a lot of face-offs and the groundball battle.

“We had a really tight group and won a lot of one-goal games. I think that playing together in the MIAA helps us out down the end.”

After Baltimore took an early 3-0 lead, but Philly roared back and seized a 5-4 halftime edge.

“The kids just battled – a lot of grit, a lot of grit,” said Baltimore coach Jimmy Creighton. “I think in our last three or four games at some point in the game we were able to come back, fight back and (get])just a lot of scrappy play from our guys.”

Baltimore’s defense was led by LSM Jack Halpert (Gilman 2015/North Carolina).

“I felt like our defense and A.J. stepped up,” Creighton said. “Our wing play was good, helping out our face-off guys. I thought our guys held their own creating that 50-50 groundball.”

Creighton said the tournament’s talent has risen well beyond the Mid-Atlantic powers.

“It feels awesome to keep the streak going – 12 games in a row,” Creighton said. “We had a lot to uphold going into the tournament.

“They (Philly) are a really good team and when you win five one-goal games, obviously the competition is very high.”

Philly’s Zappala was proud of his team’s play.

“It was a real streaky game with the momentum switching from team to team so emotions were high throughout the game,” said Zappala. “It was a game full of scrappy play between the lines and big hits that got the bench up. However everyone felt that we left it all on the field against a phenomenal team so we kept our heads up.”

Philly all-tourney defender Ryan McNulty (Bishop Shanahan, 2016/Loyola) said the overall balance of the tourney was obvious: “Oh yeah, the South was coming after you, play by play. They were really talented and athletic player. There was not one easy game. Whenever you go to a lacrosse tournament you usually have one game that’s easy, but you can’t take one game off or it will jump right back and bite you.”

Baltimore 12, Philadelphia 11

Alex Roesner 4G, 1A
Patrick Spencer 2G, 1A
Timmy Kelly 1G, 1A
Jack Lombardo 1G
Robby Black 1G
Andy Matthews 1G
Ethan Mintzer 1G
Mitch Gordon 1G
Jack Halpert 1A
Cole Williams 2A

Curtis Zappala 3G
Mike Sowers 1G, 3A
Dox Aitken 1G, 1A
Andrew Pettit 1G
Lucas Spence 1G
Kyle Anderson 1G, 1A
Adam Goldner 1G
Matt Moore 1G, 1A
Jake Peden 1G
Mike Risser 1A

Under Armour All-Tournament:
MVP – Baltimore goalie A.J. Barretto (St. Paul’s)

Defense: West’s Beau Botkiss (Torrey Pines), Philly’s Ryan McNulty (Bishop Shanahan), South’s A.J. Ferraro (Stoneman Douglas-FL)

Midfield: New England’s Reilly Walsh (Brunswick School-CT), Philadelphia’s Curtis Zappala (Episcopal Academy), Baltimore’s Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield).

Attack: Baltimore’s Timmy Kelly (Calvert Hall), West’s Connor McCroskey (Bishop’s School-CA), South’s Jared Bernhardt (Lake Brantley-FL)


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