University of North Carolina Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

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University of North Carolina Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:12 pm

Session II of the Tarheel Team Camp at UNC began tonight. Two NorCal teams are participating. In the early game, Salesianum, the perennial Delaware State Lacrosse champs, prevailed over the Marin Grizzlies. The final score was 10 to 6-7, depending upon who you talked to. Game was about even at halftime, then Salesianum pulled away a bit in the second half, but the Marin Club closed fast to make a game of it. Two honorary Marin guys - Patrick Shevelson and Mike Tagliaferri of the EBAL - added a little depth to an already good Grizzlies squad.

In the late game, Fog City prevailed over Bones, a select team from Northern Virginia (NOVA), by a score of 11-1. The Fog City Attack line scored lots of goals on the offensive side of the ball, but the real story was the smothering, relentless defense of the City boys. The guys whose weapon of choice is the D pole - Chase Whittingham, Nick Fotsch, Sam Caine, Brian Yee, Jack McGovern, and Charlie Ford - looked great tonight!
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:07 am

In the morning games at the Tarheel Team Camp, the Marin Grizzlies defeated Bones, 11 to 4-5, depending on who you listen to. Bones was the team Fog City played played last night. This morning, Fog City played the Seattle Starz, a solid member of the Starz family of travel teams. Fog City prevailed, 7-4, with Attacks again providing the majority of the goals.

Both NorCal teams play at 3PM today, so I'll try to get reports on both games.

Weather is not terrible anymore. Highs will be in the mid-eighties with lower humidity than the East Coast offered up earlier in the Summer. I've had a chance to visit with a number of the NorCal dads who travelled to UNC to take in the games. Mike Shevelson, and John Tagliaferri, both of whose sons play for the Marin Grizzlies and John Bodine and Andy Priest, whose boys play for Fog City.
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:38 pm

Fog City won their third game of this event against Upper Shelf, a team mostly from North Carolina, though there were several boys from PA and a smattering from other states. Fog City prevailed 14 -4. Although scoring was broadly distributed, the Attack unit continues to look good. Midfielders are dodging effectively - and creating separation - but a lot of shots are slightly off the cage. Getting closer with each game, however!

The Marin Grizzlies lost a tough one to Dallas Select, 5-7. Down three early, tightened it up to 4-2 at the half, tied the game at 4s, then became a little imprecise in the passing department and the game got away from the Grizzlies. I'll chalk that up to the one crummy game per tournament that each team is allowed.
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:13 am

In the fourth game of the Tarheel Team Camp, Fog City played the Episcopal School Maroons, a semi-finalist in the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) lacrosse Championships this past Spring. As many of you know, the IAC is one of the top lacrosse Conferences in the nation. Crisp passing, nifty off-ball movement, and terrific feeds propelled Fog City to a 5-3 halftime lead. The Episcopal IAC boys regrouped at halftime and ran off 7 straight goals, behind speedy passes that opened up the backside for Time & Room shots by the Maroons. It wasn't that Fog City's defense was slow to recover, but as the old saying goes, "the ball can move faster than the man," Nice demonstration of that principle by the Episcopal boys today! With just a couple of minutes left in the game, Fog City mounted a spirited comeback, scoring two quick goals, but it was too little, too late. Episcopal prevailed, 10-7. One more seeding game Sunday morning, then on to the playoffs for Fog City.

I talked with the Episcopal coach after the game. He suspected that these two teams could meet again and added, "I'm not looking forward to the rematch." We'll see.
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:04 am

Fog City took on the Black Panthers (Charlotte,NC) and prevailed easily, 10-0.
As has been the case throughout this tourney, Attacks have been quite productive, accounting for 9 of 10 goals and 2 of 4 assists.

Defense has been stellar as has the FO group. Cole Priest has been solid in the cage as well. Seedings will be out in an hour.
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby hansel » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:39 am

The Marin Grizzlies finished the round robin portion of this tourney after winning their last two games rather easily against Strake Jesuit Saturday night and then posting a 12-0 win over Mill Creek this morning. The playoffs start this afternoon with three more possible games later today.

The team is starting to really move without the ball, play unselfish offense and communicate on defense. The improvement from one game to the next has been dramatic and undestandable since the boys had never played together before arriving in Chapel Hill. The Grizzlies are hoping to have middie Michael Tagliaferri back later today after missing the past three games with a dinged up ankle.

With two Nor Cal teams in the top half of the tourney it should be an exciting final day in Chapel Hill. Good luck to both SI/Fog City and the Marin Grizzlies in their remaining games!
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Re: Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:39 pm

The semi-finals of the Tarheel Team Camp at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill are set. In one Semi, Fog City will face the Marin Grizzlies. Both teams won their quarterfinals handily, though Fog City did have to come back from a one goal halftime deficit to overtake Dallas Select. The Grizzlies, who are playing with great assurance, were ahead 5-1 in their quarterfinal and won going away.

The final will be a classic East/West battle, since the other side of the bracket features two East Coast powers, Salesianum, the perennial Delaware State Champion and Episcopal, a semi-finalist in the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) from the Washington, DC area. Interestingly, the rosters of three of the four semifinalists represent individual schools - Fog City from Saint Ignatius, Salesianum, and Episcopal.

Should be some great lacrosse at UNC tonight!
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Re: University of North Carolina Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby hansel » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:29 pm

Folloing the all Nothern California semi finals tonight (SI vs Marin Grizzlies at 7:30pm) is the All Star game to be held at 8:30pm in front of all of the campers from the 17 teams who are attending the camp.
Congratulations to the following Marin Grizzlies for being selected to the All Star team:
Sam Haus (M from Charlotte), Sommer Stein (LSM Marin Academy), Mike Tagliaferri (M SRV) and Patrick Shevelson (G Foothill)!
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Re: University of North Carolina Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby Billax » Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:38 pm

What a game! The All-NorCal semi-final between the Marin Grizzlies and Fog City was a doozy! Fog City prevailed 7-4, but the contest seemed closer than that. Only when the two minute warning was issued did I have the feeling that Fog City would prevail. The Grizzlies are downright nasty - with speed, size, and athleticism to burn. Fog City brought a different set of attributes to the game - polish, skills, tenacity, and exceptional team coordination on both sides of the field. The game was a classic battle between those two styles. Tonight, Fog City was the better team. On another day, it could easily have been the Grizzlies who were victorious.

Wish y'all had been there - in the stands or around the field - to hear the sustained applause at the end of the game, from the NorCal fans, the other teams who watched the game, the UNC coaches, and lots of local lax fans. The applause wasn't so much for either team, but for the great contest put on by two terrific NorCal squads who played their butts off under the lights in North Carolina. Honestly, I think the applause lasted for more than three minutes! Made me proud to be a NorCal guy.

Tomorrow morning, the Marin Grizzlies take on Salesianum, the the pride of Delaware for third place. Immediately following that game, Fog City will match up again with IAC powerhouse, Episcopal, for the tournament Championship. Regardless of how either of these games turn out, tonight was the big one for me. Three thousand miles from home, two terrific NorCal squads showed teams from all over the East Coast the way lacrosse can be played!

I'll be on a plane to the Midwest when these two contests take place, so I'm hoping hansel or someone else watching the games at UNC will write-up the two games.
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Re: University of North Carolina Tarheel Team Camp - Session II

Postby hansel » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:56 pm

A truly great night to be a Nor Cal lacrosse fan in Chapel Hill. SI/Fog City played a really spirited game where they led at half (only approx here) 4 to 1 and they hit almost every opportunity. In the final reslult (SI winning by 3) the quality of shots taken by SI at full speed made the difference. SI scored 3 EMO goals with Gray and Bodine finishing around 5 of the 7 SI goals. As both of those players were on the Marin Grizzlies roster just a year ago at the same camp I am sure the Grizllies coaches were really missing their SF/Bay brethren. The final was 7 to 4 SI over the Marin Grilzzlies in a game that was worthy of the finals. SI now has a chance to avenge the Braveheart OT loss that the Marin Grizzlies wore at the expense of a Episcopal victory last year in the finals.
SI faces off tomorrow againsnt Episcopal in the final at 9:15am EST.

The all star game tonight looked like a Nor Cal show case with Bobby Gray looking like the Player of the Day with 3 huge semi final goals and the slickest goal of the al star game, with Matt Emery shooting incredibly well and Sommer Stein hooovering every gb and Shevleson making crazy saves. Tags finally threw off the schackles late in the 2nd half and took 2 huge ISO runs at the goal. Patrick Shevelson made a few acrobatic saves from shots deep on the crease (does anyone play D in an All Star game???).
Though Tags was hurt mostly throughout the tourney (along with two other amazing Marin Gizzlies middies who late couldnt make the trip in Bear Mistele and Adam Rosenthaldue to injuries), the biggest oohs and ahhs of the tourney occurred when Michael Tags was able to make it onto the field and display why he is one of the nations top recruits. The other best players at the tourny drew a double while Tags drew quadruples from all the best teams.

Looking foward to seeing SI have buy an extra seat on the plane tomorrow for the HUGE trophy the champs get if they can take down the defending champs! Good luck to SI against Episcopal!!!
And good luck to the Grizzlies going for bronze! Four straight years of top 4 finishes for Coach Grose and Coach Blake at these tourneys!
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