UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:09 pm

U15 Talon vs. Atlanta Coyotes June 21, 2010 12:30 pm


I thought the resort complex in Denver was something, but Nick and Tammy Mayle have put us in fantasy land here at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. We started with a bar-b-que last night for both the U13 and U15 and families. We were in a beautiful mountain glen next to a rushing stream with the obligatory grass area for the boys to throw to each other. The Hyatt is right at the base of the ski mountain and the facilities from restaurants to exercise areas are top of the line. Nick and Tammy should be in the travel business, but at the prices Nick negotiated nobody could make any money. Thank you both again from all of us on this marvelous trip.

The game against Atlanta started slowly. The Atlanta team had some very good athletes and a good lacrosse team. Peter Tagliaferri was one tough cookie today. He felt terrible, but played the Fogo today and did a fine job. Atlanta scored first, but Joe Lang and Sean Mayle countered to give us a 2-1 lead at the half. Our defense lead by Cole Steigerwald, James Harrison and Aran Roberts smothered the Atlanta offense. Aran Roberts showed special fortitude as he played feeling absolutely terrible too.

Our middies did yeoman’s work throughout the game. The defensemen and middies created many, many fast breaks that our attackmen finished beautifully. Nick Hallmark played extensively at middie today, making a number of fine plays on ground balls and defensive strips. Chris Hill had 3 goals and Duncan Hoskinson had a pair. Doug Strazza is becoming our secret offensive demon as the long-pole middie scored again. Austin Colvin and Frankie Hattler had two assists each. We added 6 more goals while Josh Miller and Cyrus Scott held the Coyotes scoreless in the second half.


U15 Talon vs. Next Level (Landon School Bethesda, MD) June 21, 2010 2:45pm

It is wonderful to measure the distance Northern California lacrosse has come by playing very competitive teams from the traditional hot beds of eastern lacrosse. Today was one of the opportunities for Team Talon. The first half was a tough battle including a tremendously “cheap shot” by a Next Level player running full-speed into Joe Lang from behind. Unfortunately the Next Level players, coaches and parents applauded this overtly despicable foul that was committed for one reason, to injure another player. Joe is a fantastic player, tough and courageous too. He was knocked silly for a few minutes and returned to the game to start the second half. I make a point of this, because in my view lacrosse is a physical game and physical play is eyeball to eyeball. Trying to physically hurt another player with a “cheap shot” is disgraceful in my view. Joe was hit again from behind in the second half.

Joe Lang’s play was superb and thus the “target.” Chris Hill scored our first goal, Joe Lang our second and Sean Mayle our third giving us a 3-2 advantage at half. Team Talon surged in the beginning of the second half with Kodiak Adams, Nick Hallmark and Chris Hill scoring in rapid succession making it a 6-2 game. Frankie Hattler was the master feeder from behind the net with two assists and Chris Hill added one. Peter Tagliaferri and Kodiak Adams were strong on face-offs and ground balls. It remained that way until late in the game when Next Level scored two goals. Our defense was solid and Cyrus Scott played the whole game in the goal. Niko Souza came into the game, after being totally white with flu earlier in the day. Niko, Cole, James, Aran and Doug Strazza created problems all game for the Next Level offense.


U15 Team Talon vs. Utah Select June 21, 2010 3:30pm

Wow. Get water, Gatorade and be ready to play in 3 minutes. Three games of lacrosse in 4 hours at 7,000 feet. The amazing thing about this Team Talon is that anyone on the team can score lots of goals at anytime. Scoring goals is not the issue, doing all the right things in order for the goals to be scored is the focus of this group. Well, Chris Hills’ teammates did a lot of the right things as Chris scored 6 goals and added an assist. Joe Lang added two goals. Austin Colvin, Frankie Hattler, Doug Strazza, Joe Reid and Rick Emerson contributed the balance of the scoring. Frankie Hattler was strong all day as the “quarterback” of the offense. He was always around the ball (all day) in the offensive zone be it ground balls, keeping the ball moving or key feeds. Kodiak Adams was particularly strong on ground balls and face-offs. As the came quickly slid to our favor Peter Tagliaferri and Aran Roberts were given well-deserved rests and Niko Souza came back strong on the defensive end.

The sledding will get more difficult tomorrow. This year’s U15 bracket is much stronger than last years. Last year we had 4-5 good teams with FCA being much better than our NorCal team that lost 17-5 in the championship to them. I would say there are 10 strong teams this year. Great to see the strength of teams from Colorado, Texas and California competing for dominance with the traditional east coast powers.

Our coaches Nick Mayle, Ed Hattler and Mike Emerson were complimentary and appreciative of today’s level of play of the U15 Talon Team. They also told the players that every game from this point forward will get even tougher demanding their best effort at every turn.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby WestCoastLax » Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:16 am

Pappa -- love the updates...thank you so much...great to hear how the NorCal kids are doing...you are awesome...give our best to the kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Tue Jun 22, 2010 3:00 am

Truly wonderful game reports, PappaLaxBear(PLB). Thanks so much for the colorful, complete write-ups. As someone who's had a reason to be interested in Vail contests for the past five years - two U13, two U15, and, last year, U17 - I wondered if I'd miss the annual "Rocky Mountain High." Well, your evocative posts have me feeling that I'm still attending! Thank you so much.

For folks who want standings, schedules, etc for the tournament, the following website will be useful:

http://coloradolacrossetournament.d4tournament.com/leaguemanager/standings.asp

Click the age group you're interested in from the pull-down menu for standings, schedules, results, etc. Weak tea in comparison to PLB's reports, but you'll get an overview of how each team in the tournament is doing and who they'll play the next day. From that site, here is today's schedule for Team Talon:

8:00AM Team Talon v San Diego U15 (San Diego is 2-1 after the first day)
10:15 Team Talon v Minnesota Yeti ( The Yeti are 2-1 after the first day)
11:00 Team Talon v Team Relentless (Team Relentless is 3-0 after the first day)

Wish I were there, rootin' you on, in the world's most beautiful venue for a Lacrosse game!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:36 am

I believe that the U15 Gold Festival team ended up 5-1. I have not heard how the U15 Blue Festival team did. I'd like to hear some game reports as people are returning.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:01 pm

Team Talon was 3-0 today to bring their tournament record to 6-0. Big 3-2 win in a rematch with Team Relentless (from So Cal). Looking forward to the PLB write ups!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:10 pm

It looks like Team Talon is the #2 seed in Bracket A. Tomorrow's Bracket A games:

FCA U15 (#1) vs San Diego U15 (#8)
Team Talon (#2) vs Mountaineers U15 (#7)
Next Level (#3) vs Three Frogs (#6)
Team Relentless (#4) vs Denver Elite (#5)

Team Talon already has victories over Next Level (#3) and Team Relentless (#4). Pretty impressive!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:19 pm

U15 Team Talon vs. San Diego June 22, 2010 8am

It’s a gorgeous morning in Vail. We were in the vans at 6:45am after wonderful homemade breakfast burritos by Chef Marianne Hill. The team quenched their thirst with the first few gallons of Gatorade. It takes a village to keep this team organized and supplied. Our parents are all working some aspect of the labor. I call this a working vacation; it takes remarkable effort on everyone’s part to make this team and trip so successful.

Team Talon started slowly. Peter Tagliaferri controlled the opening face-off, but we spent much of the early part of the game taking wild side-arm shots missing the goal. It is amazing to stand on the sideline listening to our coaches preaching “shoot the ball over hand and bounce it” and to have these extremely talented players continue to rip shoots into orbit. The lacrosse gods and goddesses shine their goodness on our coaches for they need the patience of Job at times.

Frankie Hattler finally scored on a rap around from X. Near the end of the first half he scored again on a similar play making it 2-0 at halftime. The second half was sloppy on our side again. We did not get ground balls or too many face-offs. We turned the ball over often on poor passes. The saving grace was that the offense got a bit untracked, our man-up especially. I think we were 3 for 3 on man-up situations. Joe Lang scored on a nice “overhand bounce” shot and finished another on a man-up situation. Frankie Hattler scored his third goal of the game. Rick Emerson and Kodiak Adams each added a score. Joe Reid and Doug Strazza had assists.

Our defense is courageous both Aran Roberts and Niko Souza are sick. Aran tried to go this game, but couldn’t breathe. Niko played in his spot. Cole Steigerwald and James Harrison continue to be terrors on the opposition’s offensive players. Peter Tagliaferri continues to battle illness too and playing as a Fogo; all giving tremendous team effort.

Cyrus played the first half and did not have a save with the defense stuffing everything San Diego tried. Josh played the second half making two saves. Our defense pitched another shutout 7-0.


U15 Team Talon vs. Minnesota Yeti June 22, 2010 10:15am

The weather was calm and very sunny. The wind seems to pick-up in the afternoon. We are constantly reminding the players to drink after every shift on the field. Peter Tagliaferri was our leader on face-offs in this game. Peter won 4 of our six face-offs with Sean Mayle and Kodiak Adams getting one each. Joe Reid led us on ground balls with 4, Peter Tagliaferri had 3 and Joe Lang had 2. Face-offs and ground balls are critical at this level of play. Every possession, for a team like ours, is a realistic opportunity to score; many of our opponents are in a similar position. When we have the ball we can scored and they can’t.

The Yeti face-off men were pretty successful against us winning 50% of the time. We were not sharp with our clearing passes and suffered mental lapses created an abnormal amount of unforced errors. On the plus side of things we went out to a 9-0 lead. If we hadn’t thrown the ball away so many times we would have scored a more. Chris Hill had another big game with 3 goals. Nick Hallmark, Rick Emerson, Joe Lang, Joe Reid (and an assist), James Harrison (coast to coast as a defenseman), Duncan Hoskinson and Ben Garfinkel (and an assist) each added a goal. Ben Garfinkel returned to score and add an assist after missing 6 games with an injured leg. Great to see him back. Frankie Hattler and Austin Colvin assisted on goals.

Josh Miller played the first half and had one save. Cyrus Scott played the second half and had two saves. Final score Team Talon 9 and Minnesota Yeti 2.


U15 Team Talon vs. Team Relentless (Orange County, CA) 11am.

Well we got our rematch with the team that defeated us at the Denver Shootout. We drank Gatorade, water and were back out on the field with only a 2 minute break from our game with Minnesota. What a game. Team Talon played a flawless first half on two goals by Nick Hallmark and one from Joe Lang. Kodiak Adams and Peter Tagliaferri gained an advantage on face-offs. Joe Reid and Kodiak Adams had numerous ground balls. Duncan Hoskinson had an assist in the first half.

I was hopeful we would score a couple of more goals at the beginning of the second half, but that didn’t happen. Team Relentless is a strong team and they played a tremendous second half against us. They scored a couple of goals later in the game and we ran out the clock for a 3-2 victory.

Once again our defense was stellar. Cole Steigerwald, Niko Souza and Aran Roberts led the charge with Doug Strazza harassing the fine Team Relentless offensive players. James Harrison was particularly outstanding in this game of outstanding defensemen. Cyrus Scott had seven very difficult saves and a tremendous game in goal. Cyrus was awarded the game ball by our coaches.

U15 Team Talon advances to the top bracket with a 6-0 record. We are seeded number two to FCA last year Vail Champion and U15 National Champion. We are tremendously proud of our effort today and excited about being in the mix to be the overall Vail Champion. We play the Mountaineers at 9am tomorrow.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:12 pm

PappaLaxBear, your game reports are some of the best ever on the forum! Thank you much for contributing these. I can't wait to hear tomorrow's write ups. Good luck!!!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:17 am

Just to keep folks updated on the numbers, here are the results of yesterday's games:

In the quarter finals, #2 seed Team Talon defeated the Mountaineers, 10-2
In the semi-finals, #2 seed Team Talon was bested by Next Level, 5-4

Today, Team Talon battles for third place in the Tourney, taking on FCA.

Here's hoping that PappaLaxBear can give us all an update!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:27 pm

Continued thanks to JC Reid for being our on-field statistician. Craig Hill took over for me with these last two wonderful reports...thank you very much Craig! One of my dearest friends invited me to their golf tournament here in Vail. I missed these games and today's game against FCA.

June 23 - 9:00 Team Talon vs. Mountaineers
Team Talon entered the playoff portion of the Warrior Lacrosse Tournament as the #2 seed and immediately showed the Mountaineers why they were the team to beat. Even with the 9:00 start time, Team Talon raced to a 9-0 lead at halftime. Goals were shared by Joe Lang (2), Rick Emerson (2), Kodiak Adams (2), Frankie Hatler (1), Chris Hill (1). Rick Emerson added one in the second half to give Team Talon a total of 10 for the game. Assists came from Frankie, Kodiak and Peter Tagliaferri.


The defensive middie lines and defense limited the Mountaineers to only 6 shots on goal (all in the second half) with two making it to the back of the net. Ground balls were controlled by Kodiak Adams with three in the first half alone. Peter Tagliaferri and Shawn Mayle also had a few to control the game. The biggest statistic of the game was the unbelievable job Peter Tagliaferri and Kodiak Adams did on face-offs. Between the two players, they won every face-off (12) during the game.


Next Up - Next Level (Maryland) for the semi-finals


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June 23 - 12:00 Team Talon vs. Next Level (Maryland) - Semi-Final
This was to be a rematch of the great game played on Tuesday where Team Talon beat Next Level 6-4 in a great game. Team Talon immediately got behind 0-2 with Next Level controlling the face-offs and holding the ball in Team Talon's defensive area. The FOGO specialists of Peter Tagliaferri and Kodiak Adams went 5-10 on face-offs over the day and Team Talon made a push in the back-end of the first half to bring the game to a 3-3 tie at halftime. Goals were scored by Rick Emerson (2) and Joe Reid (1) with assists by Chris Hill and Joe Lang. Cyrus Scott has 5 saves on 8 shots for the first half.


The second half can only be described as unbelievably disappointing as Next Level made an embarrassment of their character and sportsmanship. Trash talk began almost immediately with a scrum starting mid-way through the second half which resulted in an ejection of both a defensive player for Next Level (the initiator) and Rick Emerson, while Aron Roberts was penalized for breaking up the scrum (not worthy of a penalty in this author's eyes). The battle continued with both teams adding a goal (Joe Lang put a rocket into the back of the net). That was not enough as Next Level answered with two goals to take a final lead of 4-5.


The trash talking and chest beating from Next Level were completely unprovoked and a big disappointment to the lacrosse community and this tournament. Unsportsmanlike bantering continued through the lines at the end of the game to end what was by far the biggest game of the tournament.
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