UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby norcalcoach » Wed Jun 09, 2010 10:10 pm

I guess I am unsure what you are unhappy about. There are many teams that have far more players on the Festival teams this year than the Tomahawks. I think a lot of your facts and sweeping assumptions are just wrong. You say Pleasanton has only two players on the U15 Festival teams, and I am looking at the roster right now and I see 5 of them. You also may or may not know about the two Pleasanton kids who were offered spots on the team but decided to do other things in the summer.

There is no 'bias' in the selection process, although everyone acknowledges there may be inefficiency, for a lot of reasons - and in the case of a perceived tie, the slot will go to someone you know. The people who chose the U15 teams were all respected High School or college coaches. We have 24 different clubs represented among our teams. Compare that to a typical NorCal team, where you have 3 teams with the majority of the spots, and maybe 3-4 other teams with 1-2 players. Anyone who has looked at the rosters for NorCal teams over the last 4 years will quickly see that the last two years have been much better balanced.

And, lets also talk about the Palm Springs tournament last year. The deciding factor in that game on Sunday was the addition of a 10th grader (Tagliaferri) to the Vail/National team who obviously hadn't played for either team the previous year because he was in High School. I could have brought my superstar 10th grader and it would have been a different story. But that isn't always the point - when the upcoming 9th graders played each other, it was a lot closer than anyone expected, and in fact the 'wrong' team won.

We don't do this to please coaches. We do this to provide opportunities for kids - 88 of them to be precise. We chose the best kids we think are available. We actually received very few 'lobbying' calls from coaches this year. A couple - but in the end they really did not have any meaningful change in our evaluation of a player. We received, as we always do, a few angry calls/emails from parents (perhaps you were one of them) demanding to know why their son was not picked.. All I can tell them is I wish I had the ability to do more teams.

I think there is a big improvement in the talent on the squad this season, and I have a pretty good basis of comparison. We'll see how they do in the Festival and over the rest of the summer/Fall. I know they are enjoying themselves. Not sure why you are trying to diminish their accomplishments or what we are trying to do for them.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby SkylineCoach » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:21 pm

At the end of the day, these teams are an extension of all of our seasons. They probably aren't perfect representations of the 20 "best" players in the NCJLA, but if they're competitive (and they are) it just doesn't matter. Ideally, there would be 20 identical jerseys and 20 different helmets on these teams, but that's not likely either.

Every system deals with constraints and variables and does the best they can within that. I applaud the volunteers who make this happen for Norcal kids and I encourage everyone else with a horse in the race to support these efforts. Whether competing against Team Talon or Team Toyota doesn't matter either, as long as we have kids who buy in and represent first themselves and then their clubs and then their league with vigor and honor.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:42 pm

Got a couple of scores 2nd hand:

Nor Cal 8 Rhode Island 0
Nor Cal 10 Boston 1

Not sure which U15 Festival team.

Team Talon is also in a warmup tournament in Denver today preparing for Vail. Scores:

Team Talon 17 Texas 0
Team Talon 16 Chicago 2

Similar scores for the U13 Team Talon team.

Go Nor Cal!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:30 pm

Team Talon over Colorado Select 15-0 at Denver.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:42 pm

Wow. Those are stunning scores against several teams that have historically done very well at Vail. Very excited about this!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:20 am

Team Talon is bascially the U15 National team minus the HS players plus 6 or 7 guys filling in for the missing HS guys. They're using Denver/Vail to prepare for the National Championship tournament.

LOTS of talent on that team, even without the HS guys.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:51 am

U15 Team Talon vs. True West (Illinois) 8am June 19, 2010

It was an early morning with the players meeting for breakfast at 6am. Coach Nick Mayle and his wife Tammy arranged for a fabulous hotel and resort complex, the Omni Interlocken Resort. Last night the U15 boys and U13 Team Talon players ate dinner and played in two pools and giant lawns that served as de facto lacrosse fields. Thanks again to Doug Appleton for his support of Team Talon. All the players are sporting new Easton lacrosse sticks and very sharp Team Talon hoodie sweatshirts. Thanks also to all the parents who are supporting our U15 team with driving, shopping for food and a lot of the logistics that make the travel team possible.

The complex that hosts the Denver Shootout is peeper’s Sporting Goods Park. It is the nicest assembly of 20 beautiful grass fields as I’ve ever seen.

Our first game against True West Lax from Illinois was not much of a contest. Team Talon dominated all facets of the game winning 16-2. Sean Mayle, Peter Tagliaferri and Kodiak Adams dominated the face-offs winning all 19. Rick Emerson, Frankie Hattler and Joe Reid with three goals led a plethora of Talon scorers including Joe Lang, Austin Colvin and Chris Hill with two each. The Team Talon coaches urged their offensive players to move the ball around the offensive zone prior to shooting. Ben Garfinkle, Chris Hill and Joe Lang added two assists each to the scoring frenzy.

Our goalies Cyrus Scott and Josh Miller had limited opportunities for saves (two in the whole game). Our middies and defense kept the ball in the True West half of the field for the vast majority of the game.


U15 Team Talon vs. North Texas Blast 11am June 19, 2010

If we thought the first game was lopsided, the second was stilted even further. The U15 Team Talon coaches, Nick Mayle, Mike Emerson and Ed Hattler urged their Talon players to pass the ball around the offensive zone at least two times prior to shooting. The parents of the North Texas Blast paid our coaches and players high compliments as far as their skills and sportsmanship even with the final score being 18-0 Team Talon. Peter Tagliaferri won 9 face-offs, Sean Mayle 5 and Kodiak Adams had three with Team Talon dominating 17 out of 19 attempts. We could have scored at will. Frankie Hattler and Joe Reid led the bombardment with 3 goals each. Ben Garfinkle, Chris Hill, Rick Emerson added two apiece; with Kodiak Adams, Doug Strazza, Sean Mayle each adding a tally. Peter Tagliaferri fed the voracious scoring machine with three assists.

I’m not leaving our stellar defense and goalies out of the equation, but they had little action. In fact, our goal keepers did not have a shot taken on them the whole game. James Harrison, Cole Steigerwald and Aran Roberts sealed the defensive zone. Long-stick middies Doug Strazza and Niko Souza stripped many a North Texas player before or at midfield.


U15 Team Talon vs. Colorado Spartans 1pm June 19, 2010

Our third game followed the pattern that Team Talon established in the first two games of the day. Team Talon beat the Spartans 19-0. Frankie Hattler had 5 goals and Joe Reid added 4. A host of other Team Talon players added the balance. Face offs again were dominated by Sean Mayle, Kodiak Adams and Peter Tagliaferri the trio winning 16 of 18. Coaches Nick Mayle, Ed Hattler and Mike Emerson continued to have the team move the ball around twice prior to initiating a shot. It was a day of Team Talon’s talent far out-distancing their competition. The players look forward to tomorrow as they advanced to the winner’s bracket.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:56 am

U15 Team Talon vs. Team Stickhead (from Kentucky) June 20, 2010 8am

We witnessed a stellar performance by our whole defense long-pole middies Doug Strazza and Niko Souza; defensemen Cole Steigerwald, James Harrison and Aran Roberts. The coaches decided to have Josh Miller play in goal for the entire game. He was marvelous with 11 saves and magnificent clears…including a stick-fake that left the entire Stickhead team wondering, “Where the heck did the ball go?” Our head coach, Nick Mayle, awarded the game ball to Josh!

The Stickhead game was a physical contest. It was the first team we played that was physically bigger than Team Talon. Aran Roberts set the tone with a couple of monster checks early on and Team Talon made the Stickheads take notice that Team Talon can play that game too. Peter Tagliaferia led the face-offs with 6 as Team Talon face-off trio controlled 9 of 12.

Joe Lang had a fantastic game, clearing the ball, passing and scoring. He led the team with 4 goals 3 of them on exquisite assists by Austin Colvin. Rick Emerson and Chris Hill had 3 goals. The vast majority of the goals were scored as the result of stunning passing; many of the scoring sets included 5-7 passes prior to the score. Team Talon dominated the game winning 12-0.


U15 Team Talon vs. Team Relentless (Orange County, CA) June 20, 2010 10am

Our Team Talon team was 26 and 0 going into this game. We won the Palm Desert Classic last Thanksgiving, the West Coast Championships at the Adrenaline Challenge in San Diego this January and the Bay Area Super Series of Box Lacrosse this June in San Jose. Obviously we wanted to add the Denver Shootout U15 Championship to our resume. Unfortunately the streak came to an end.

Team Relentless, took a 1-0 lead. We tied the game with a goal by Peter Tagliaferri on a beautiful catch and shot just outside the crease. Sean Mayle assisted on the pass to Peter. Relentless scored again to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Our defense was strong; Aran Roberts, James Harrison and Cole Steigerwald with Cyrus Scott playing the entire game in the goal. The Relentless defense was even better. Their goalie denied our offensive players many times in the first half. In addition, their players pressured our offensive players into many turnovers. We had not faced this kind of skilled pressure in any of our previous games.

The second half started with Joe Lang feeding Peter Tagliaferri again for a fabulous finish in the middle of heavy traffic in front of the Relentless goal. We took the lead 3-2 on a goal by Joe Lang. Relentless came back with two goals to take the lead 4-3. Team Talon regained possession with just seconds to go and Kodiak Adams ripped a score tying the game as time expired. The joy was short-lived as Relentless won the face-off and scored within 30 seconds of the Sudden Victory period. Relentless played better than Team Talon. We did not dominate at all on ground balls, probably around 50/50; Relentless got more of the ground balls; and they were able to press-out on defense and the pressure caused us to uncharacteristically turn-over the ball. The team that played better in the game won. Luckily we might have a chance for a re-match in the Vail tournament starting tomorrow.


U15 Team Talon vs. Dallas Dueces June 20, 2010 1pm.

Team Talon bounced back from the disappointing morning loss with an 11-0 win in the Consolation Game, giving us a third place finish in the Denver Shootout. The two teams that finished ahead of us will be with us in Vail this next week. The Argyle Scorpions defeated Relentless by two goals to claim the Denver Shootout Championship.

We scored on the initial face-off with Doug Strazza, a long-pole middie, picking-up the draw from Kodiak Adams and scoring. The trio of Adams, Mayle and Tagliaferri took control of the face-offs winning 9 of 12. Coach Nick Mayle awarded Rick Emerson the game ball for his four goal effort. Frankie Hattler had four assists and a goal; while Joe Reid had two goals and two assists. Sean Mayle, Austin Colvin, Chris Hill and Duncan Hoskinson had one goal a piece. Cyrus Scott and Josh Miller each played a half making five saves in their fourth shutout in the 6-game tournament.

We arrived in Vail this evening and open the Vail Tournament at noon tomorrow.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:19 am

Thanks for the terrific recaps, PappaLaxBear! Seems like a wonderful tournament. All of us back here look forward to your reports from Vail.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:36 am

More festival scores:

norcal u15 7, hudson valley 4
Norcal u15 5, syracuse 4
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