BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/29/14
From Press Release
The high school boys lacrosse world will soon take an interest in the long-standing debate over which region has the best lacrosse talent. A marquee matchup between Long Island and Maryland will spotlight college-bound athletes as both regional teams compete for “bragging rights” at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship.
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship game between Long Island and Maryland, postponed this past July due to inclement weather will now take place on January 2, 2015 at the University of Tampa stadium as a prelude to the annual Brogden Cup.
Over the past 8 years, the Brine National Lacrosse Classic has been part of the popularity and growth of the sport in traditional and non-traditional hotbeds throughout the country. Having qualified for selection to represent their State at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, players compete with territorial pride and spirit, igniting enthusiasm for national rivalry.
A rivalry requires a web of animosities and resentments blended with championship implications. Given the lacrosse history between rival territories Long Island and Baltimore, the debate over which region is best will be settled at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
Long Island advanced to the Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship game for the second consecutive year under Coach Jim Konen (Hauppauge) with a 4-0 pool play record defeating regional teams from Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Syracuse (NY) by a margin of 38 goals and 14 against. Notable players headed to the NCAA include, Alex Concannon (Johns Hopkins/Syosset), Sean Seberg (Stony Brook/West Islip), Danny DeSanti (Army/St. Anthony’s), Christopher Bacotti (Dartmouth/Massapequa), Griff Konen (Binghamton/Massapequa), Kevin Carbone (Binghamton/Chaminade), Joseph Licata (Binghamton/Sachem East), Zachary Merle (Lafayette/Deerfield Academy), Timothy Mattiace (Binghamton/Huntington), John Neil (Wesleyan/Paul D Schreiber), Carter Hawthorne (Wesleyan/Massapequa), Ryan Ozsvath (Stony Brook/Half Hollow Hills), Dylan Moser (Wesleyan/Westminster), Patrick Cleary (Lincoln Memorial/Patchogue Medford), Tyler Alvarez (LIU Post/Sachem East).
Maryland, 4-0 in pool play and headed by Coach Matt Parks (Fallston) defeated regional teams from New England, Georgia, Indiana and Virginia by a margin of 35 goals and 12 against. This is Maryland’s second appearance in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship game since winning the crown in 2011. Notable players headed to the NCAA include, Jacob Stover (Loyola/McDonogh), Jordy Elardo (Bucknell/McDonogh), Alex Pfaff (Villanova/Loyola Blakefield), Ryan Land (Florida Tech/Howard), Cole Abid (Washington/Thomas Wootton), Kyle Weatherford (Furman/Boys Latin), John Faus (Furman/St. Pauls), Ben Shmerler (Tufts/Gilman), Anthony Wyler (Air Force/Boys Latin), John Beck (York/Kent Island), Connor Wallenhorst (Salisbury/Archbishop Spalding).
“Both teams stack up incredibly well with athletic and skilled talent, setting the table for a spirited and competitive national championship game.” said Joel Franklin, Founder and Director of the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
Following the Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship game, both teams from Long Island and Maryland will face Canada for the Brogden Cup, an historic international field lacrosse rivalry between the United States and Canada. Representing Canada in the Brogden Cup is Team Ontario, a provincial team featuring the top 23 players selected from more than 100 area athletes over a two-weekend tryout. Canada enters the competition as defending champion sweeping New Jersey, the 2013 Brine National Lacrosse Classic champion in Oshawa, Canada last January.
The Brogden Cup is named for H. McCullough Brogden who was a member of the 1932 and 1933 Johns Hopkins University teams and the 1932 Olympic team.
Brine regional tryouts for boys and girls are scheduled to take place throughout the country. The top-ranked players will qualify for selection to represent their State at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic, June 29-July 2, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia.