South Defeats North in Under Armour All-American Game

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It was another unreal Under Armour All-American game as the top 44 incoming freshman took the field and put on a show at Homewood Field on Saturday night. A huge offensive lift gave the South a 22-15 victory.

The South put on a complete offensive clinic tonight as it seemed like everyone was scoring. The transition game is where they really put the hurt on the South defense. They were running and gunning all night long.

Game MVP Nicky Solomon really lead the South right out of the gate. The Alpharetta, GA native put showed everyone why he is one of the nations all-time scoring leaders. He really was on another level, as were many other guys as well. The incoming Tar Heel would finish the game with a total of four goals.

Joey Epstein was another guy for the South who really impressed with his almost poetic dodging, feeding, and scoring. Epstein finished with a hat trick as he was able to score three goals in three minutes in the third. Epstein is going to be a big asset for Hopkins over his four years.

The South  had a 7-1 lead heading into the second quarter and they continued that dominance for a bit. The North would be able to put together a four goal run to make it 12-6 South lead at the half.

The North would continue to struggle in the second half but they were much better. The North offense would finally find some footing as Bryce Clay would come alive, especially in the fourth. Jack Simmons also had a stellar offensive night as well as Joe Neuman at the faceoff dot.

Their biggest weakness seemed to be defense, remember it’s an all star game, as the South walked all over them most of the game. However, the play of the night came from North goalie Patrick Burkinshaw as he leaped across the cage to make a jaw dropping save.

The South would have 18-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter and they were able to hold onto that lead even after a pretty strong comeback by the North. The South would hold on and put up some great goals at the end of the game to secure the 22-15 victory.

Shinning Stars

South

Nicky Solomon, Attack, Centennial (GA)/ North Carolina
Nicky Solomon showed the who world why he is such a highly regarded player as he took home MVP honors. Solomon, and Alpharetta, GA native, scored 4 goals as he put on an offensive clinic.
Joey Epstein, Attack, Landon (MD) / Johns Hopkins
The Hopkins bound attack looked very good tonight as his dodging and scoring were unreal. They way he dodges makes it seems poetic like. The kid has an amazing skill set and that was on display as he had 3 goals.
B.J. Farrare, LSM, McDonough (MD) / Penn
B.J. put his wheels on tonight as he showcased an unbelievable amount of speed and athleticism. The two-sport athlete has a great skill set and Penn will be able to utilize him right away.

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Mike Sisselberger, FO, Center Valley (PA) / Lehigh
Sisseblerger will be a great addition to the Mountain Hawks. He really did perform great at the faceoff dot tonight. I have no doubt that he will be able to help Lehigh right away as they need a good faceoff guy.Tanner Hay, D, Victor (NY) / Virginia
Hay looked like one of the better D-poles tonight as he did it all. He showed amazing athleticism and speed as well. Hay even showed off his stick skills as he threw a fake and then found a teammate for the shot. 

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North

Bryce Clay, A, Forest Hills Central (MI) / Michigan
The Michigan native is staying home and going to Michigan, and he will be a great addition for the Wolverines. Clay showcased his shooting and passing, particularly around the cage. He is a scoring Machine and Michigan can really use him right away.
Joe Neuman, FO, Salisbury (CT) / Yale
Neuman is a faceoff winning machine. He had a great showing as he was able to win faceoffs and get some things going on offense. He will be a great addition to the Yale faceoff core with TD Ierlan. That will be a deadly faceoff group next year.
Will Bowen, D, Boston College HS (MA) / North Carolina
Will Bowen put it on all display tonight as he showcased his great defensive play all night long. Nobody had an easy time getting by him and I think UNC fans will be happy to have him.
Patrick Burkinshaw, G, Brunswick School (CT) / Virginia
Burkinshaw was amazing tonight as he made save after save. This may be one of the most athlethic goalies I have ever seen as some saves he made looked impossible. He made on in particular that was the play of the game in my mind.

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Under Armour All American Game Preview

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The 13th annual Under Armour All-American game will take place at historic Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University on Saturday night. The Girls game will be at 5:00 PM and the Boys at 8:00 PM. This has become a very big event int he lacrosse world as it showcases the best young talent the sport has to offer.

Boys’ Rosters

North

Attack: Brian Cameron, Bishop Guertin (N.H.), North Carolina
Attack: Bryce Clay, Forest Hills Central (Mich.), Michigan
Attack: Griffin Cook, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), Syracuse
Attack: Xander Dickson, Brunswick (Conn.), Virginia
Attack: John John Lombardi, Salisbury (Conn.), Cornell
Attack: George Wichelns, Connetquot (N.Y.), Maryland
A/M: Alex Simmons, Culver (Ind.), Denver
A/M: Griffin Westlin, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), Notre Dame
Midfield: Peter Fiorini, Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Syracuse
Midfield: Sean Kuttin, Chaminade (N.Y.), Yale
Midfield: Nick Loring, Noble & Greenough (Mass.), Harvard
Midfield: Matt Magnan, Fox Lane (N.Y.), Syracuse
Midfield: Evan Zinn, Staples (Conn.), Johns Hopkins
LSM: Jose Boyer, Yorktown (N.Y.) / Deerfield (Mass.), Notre Dame
FOGO: Joe Neuman, Salisbury (Conn.), Yale
Defense: Will Bowen, BC High (Mass.), North Carolina
Defense: Michael Gomez, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.), Johns Hopkins
Defense: Brett Makar, Yorktown (N.Y.), Maryland
Defense: Frank Marinello, Chaminade (N.Y.). Duke
Defense: Wilson Stephenson, Brunswick (Conn.), Duke
Goalie: Andrew Bonafede, Chaminade (N.Y.), Duke
Goalie: Patrick Burkinshaw, Brunswick (Conn.), Virginia

South

Attack:¬†Matt Brandau, Boys’ Latin (Md.), Yale
Attack: Joey Epstein, Landon (Md.), Johns Hopkins
Attack: Drew Erickson, San Ramon Valley (Calif.), Denver
Attack: Jacob Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.), North Carolina
Attack: Jack Myers, Gonzaga (D.C.), Ohio State
Attack: Nicky Solomon, Centennial (Ga.), North Carolina
A/M: Kyle Long, Springfield (Pa.), Maryland
Midfield: Quentin Buchman, Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.), Notre Dame
Midfield: Owen Caputo, Middle Creek (N.C.), Duke
Midfield: Jeff Conner, Strath Haven (Pa.), Virginia
Midfield:¬†Isaiah Dawson, Bishop’s (Calif.), Harvard
Midfield: Garrett Leadmon, DeMatha (Md.), Duke
Midfield: Ricky Miezan, Episcopal (Va.), Stanford (football)*
Midfield: Chase Scanlan, IMG Academy (Fla.), Loyola
Midfield: Jack Simmons, McDonogh (Md.), Virginia
LSM: BJ Farrare, McDonogh (Md.), Penn
FOGO: Mike Sisselberger, Southern Lehigh (Pa.), Lehigh
Defense: Evan Egan, Torrey Pines (Calif.), North Carolina
Defense: Tanner Hay, Victor (N.Y.), Albany
Defense: Alex Mazzone, Ward Melville (N.Y.), Georgetown
Defense: Cade Saustad, Highland Park (Texas), Virginia
Goalie: Chayse Ierlan, Victor (N.Y.), Cornell
Goalie:¬†Aleric Fyock, St. Mary’s (Md.), Penn State

Players to Watch

Last year Tehoka Nanticoke stole the show with his great play along with many others. Who are those players to watch in this years game?

North

A/M: Alex Simmons, Culver (Ind.), Denver
FOGO: Joe Neuman, Salisbury (Conn.), Yale
Attack: John John Lombardi, Salisbury (Conn.), Cornell

South

Attack: Joey Epstein, Landon (Md.), Johns Hopkins
Attack: Nicky Solomon, Centennial (Ga.), North Carolina
Midfield:¬†Isaiah Dawson, Bishop’s (Calif.), Harvard
Defense: Alex Mazzone, Ward Melville (N.Y.), Georgetown

The Hill Academy Tops Salisbury to Capture Second Straight Title

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In a game that featured 50 players that are committed to play at the next level The Hill Academy used a very impressive offensive display to defeat Salisbury and capture a national title. Dylan Watson would lead Hill with 7 goals as he really lifted that offense. Salisbury dominated the faceoff dot with Joe Neuman winning almost every faceoff, but that would still not stop Hill.

Hill would start off pretty hot as they got out to a 3-0 lead early with Josh Zawada being a force yet again. Salisbury would use their faceoff advantage with Joe Neuman¬†at the dot to help them counter the Hill’s attack. Salisbury would be able to get two goals late in the first quarter. That would make it a 4-2 Hill lead heading into the second quarter.

The second quarter would be very exciting as it was pretty back and fourth for most of the quarter. Salisbury would continue their spark as they had a pretty good run midway through the second where John Lombardi was able to get two goals in 50 seconds to make it a one goal game.

With Hill still ahead 6-5 they would call a timeout and they came out of that hot. Dylan Watson and Lucas Snider would put Hill back up by three. It wouldn’t be long before Salisbury answered as Joe Neuman took the faceeoff straight to the cage. That would give Salisbury some momentum going into the half as Hill lead 8-6.

Coming out of halftime Hill was on fire as they seemed to be putting on a shooting clinic. Salisbury just couldn’t seem to stop the bleeding at all. Hill would go on a 3-0 run that would put them up 10-7. During that run Dylan Watson would see his fifth goal of the game as he continued to impress.

Amos Gilbert would finally stop the bleeding for Salisbury late in the third. Hill would get the last look of the quarter as Dyson Williams would score with eight second left. That would give Hill a 12-8 lead and some extra momentum heading into the fourth.

Taite Cattoni came up big for Salisbury in the fourth as they kept cutting into the Hill lead. However, Hill and their great offense new how to fight back. Henry Follows would score before Salisbury cut the Hill lead to 14-12 late in the game.

Once again Dylan Watson would come up huge for the Pride as his 7th goal would seal the deal. Hill would walk away with a15-12 win over Salisbury to win the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals championship.

The GEICO High School Nationals concludes their second year with the same champion. The Hill Academy can now claim back-to-back high school lacrosse national champions.

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Hill Academy and Salisbury Dominate Semifinal Games to Meet in Championsip

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The GEICO High School Nationals Semifinals have concluded as the Hill Academy and Salisbury are the only two left standing. They will compete in the championship game tomorrow night at 7PM.

Semifinals

Hill Academy (ON) 11 vs Culver (IN) 6

¬†This was a tight game in the first as both teams seemed to be going back and fourth. It wasn’t until the second half that Hill completely took over. That Hill defense would hold Culver to just two one goal in the entire second half. The Hill offense was tremendous as Josh Zawada lead the way with five goals on the night. Hill would sprint to victory in the second half and earn themselves a spot in the Championship.

Salsbury (CT) 12 vs Bullis (6)

¬† ¬†The game started out with everything going in favor of Bullis. Salisbury was down 4-1 with 4:42 in the 1st when they took a timeout and the game changed. Salisbury would go on an 9-0 run that helped secure the victory. Joe Neumann was dominate at the faceoff dot tonight and that gave Salisbury the possession the majority of the game. Bullis’s defense got tired and Saisbury took advantage. Bullis finally found their footing, but by then it was too late and Salisbury had all the momentum. That huge run and lift at the faceoff dot would help punch Salisbury’s ticket to the championship.

Championship

Salisbury (CT) vs Hill Academy (ON) – 7PM, ESPNU

GEICO High School Nationals; Culver and Hill Academy Highlight Semifinal Matchups

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The 2nd annual GEICO High School Nationals got underway this past weekend at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The quarterfinals are done and we are now down to four teams. The semifinals will start tonight at 7PM on ESPNU and the Championship will be played tomorrow night at 7PM on ESPNU.

This is some of the best high school lacrosse that you will ever see. Each team has numerous players that will be playing at the next level in a few years. It’s going to be some great high school lacrosse action on TV tonight. You won’t want to miss it.

Team Profiles 

Quarterfinals

The Hill Academy (ON) 16 vs St. Sebastian’s (MA) 8
Culver (IN) 10 vs Georgetown Prep (MD) 5
Salisbury (CT) 12 vs St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 5
Bullis (MD) 12 vs Episcopal (TX) 6

Semifinals

The Hill Academy (ON) vs Culver (IN) – 7PM ESPN U
Salisbury (CT) vs Bullis (MD) – 9PM ESPN U