UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby NovatoLAX » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:29 am

Thursday - June 24 (9:00 a.m.) - Consolation Game (3rd/4th) against FCA (Maryland)

U-15 Team Talon arrived at the fields to find a beautiful morning perfect for the final game against FCA for the consolation round. Team Talon had been wanting to play FCA and now was their chance. Both the coaches and players have a lot of respect for the way FCA plays the game and it was apparent right out of the gate! Great ball movement and stick skills which matched up perfectly to Team Talon's style of play.

The game started with Team Talon going up 2-0 with goals by Chris Hill, coming from a perfect assisted pass by Doug Straza on a fast break, followed by a Frankie Hatler unassisted goal. It looked like Team Talon was on a role to take control of the game. FCA answered with a goal on some quick movement off ball which resulted in a goal which was immediately answered by a give-and-go from Joe Reid to Sean Mayle. With the score 3-1, things looked good for Team Talon. Frankie Hatler added one more goal before FCA, working under the direction of a very skilled coaching staff, changed up the game with four face-off wins and four straight goals to take the lead and make it 4-5 at halftime.

Josh Miller started in goal and had three great saves before getting injured on a great save that went off his leg and required him to leave the game. Cyrus Scott took over the goal-tending and made six great saves over the balance of the game. Ball placement was great from FCA players and both goalies did a great job of closing off the angle. FCA had over 30 shots which did not get on cage due to the pressure put on their attack players by Team Talon's defense. James Harrison had a phenomenal game and locked off one of FCA's best players for most of the game. Cole Steigerwald also closed down the left side of the offense and prevented many direct shots on goal.

Of the 10 face-offs in the first half, Team Talon won two with one coming from Sean Mayle and the second from Peter Tagliaferri. That all changed in the second half with Niko Souza taking all 7 and winning 5!

Groundballs were the key to the game and FCA showed great hustle. Joe Reid controlled the midfield and managed to grab 5 groundballs, Sean Mayle had 2 and Kodiak Adams and Nick Hallmark each getting one.

The second half started with FCA scoring quickly to take their lead to 4-6. That was answered by a perfect shot from Joe Lang to take Team Talon to within one of FCA. The battle continued back and forth until the end with two more goals from FCA which were answered by goals from Rick Emerson and Peter Tagliaferri (assisted by Nick Hallmark). A final chance at bring the score to a tie was set-up by a drive to the cage by Chris Hill which resulted in a slash and EMO for Team Talon. Sean Mayle took control of the ball and rifled in an outside shot with 8 seconds left that hit the top crossbar and bounced straight up before ending in a scrum around the front of the crease. What a finish to a great tournament! FCA wins 7-8 to take 3rd place.

FCA was gracious and played with exceptional skill and Team Talon looks forward to meeting them again. Team Talon was playing in the last game with a few injured players as well as many not running at 100% due to some common illnesses. We look forward to having a healthy team the next time we play FCA!

Team Talon ends the tournament 7-2 and takes 4th place. Add this to their 3rd place finish in Denver (5-1) and you have a great 6 days of lacrosse.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:22 pm

Thanks for the marvelous write-ups, guys. Just magnificent stuff! And, congrats to the boys for two great tournaments. Hope y'all took lots of pics and vids. These memories will last forever.

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U15 National Championship Tournament

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:14 pm

July 20, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
Preamble or Ramble

Once again Nick and Tammy Mayle have provided the hard work, intelligence and understanding to find wonderful accommodations for our team at the Hyatt Grand Cypress just outside the gates to Disney World. Team members and families have been arriving since Saturday trying to get acclimatized to weather that most of us NorCal dwellers don’t experience. The hotel has a huge swimming complex with a labyrinth of grottos, hot tubs and pools that go on for acres. Our players have adjusted nicely to meeting young ladies from various teams and the American Miss Beauty Pageant. The coaches set a 10:15pm curfew last evening, but the players were able to have more nocturnal freedom the previous night.

Never underestimate the ingenuity of youth. The boys found a suspension bridge, large rock formations that form the grotto and other areas that operated as perfect jumping spots into the swimming pools. The Hyatt security folks did not often agree with our player’s choices. No harm, no foul all the players behaved life gentlemen when their jumping choices were curtailed by the authorities.

Some of us went racing around a lake yesterday on Ski Doos. Unfortunately, one had to be 18 to drive the Ski Doos, but a number of the players found inner tubing to be a thrilling experience of big bounces and watery crashes. We rented two ski boats that towed these big tubes that held three players. The middle rider had the best chance of staying on and the two wing men initiated most of the watery crashes. It is lots of fun watching guys fly off the tube, especially Coach Nick as he graced the tube. I would describe it as a tube ballet, until the rider became a bit fatigued. He made the grandest of all entries into the lake and the grandest of all splashes.

Lydia Schlosser, Cheryl Steigerwald, Kent Strazza and Bob Wellman are team hydration. Lydia is our lived expert as she won the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathalon 2004 (45-50 age bracket). Thank goodness for their attention to this critical issue. Patricia Qualls is the breakfast maven with the help of Einstein’s Bagels. Doug Appleton who leads Easton Sports new venture into lacrosse continues to sponsor our NorCal team. The NorCal National Championship team members are enjoying using the new Easton shafts too. Lots of people and family members pitch-in to make this team effort happen. JC Reid is our team statistician which makes my summaries possible.
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U15 National Championship Game 1

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:17 pm

July 20, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
Oregon Reign vs. NorCal Game 1 10:30am EDT

The heat of the day is already upon us. We have a current heat index of 98. Last night, coaches Nick Mayle, Mike Emerson and Ed Hattler talked about the importance of winning the first game. The team heeded their warning and jumped to 10 to 0 halftime lead and a final of 18-0. NorCal subjugated all aspects of the game. Josh Wellman was dominating on face offs. He won 9 of 14 as our main face-off man. Sean Mayle added two more face-off wins to the mix. Josh Wellman led our team in ground balls with 4, Joe Reid 3, Mikie Schlosser and Doug Strazza 2 each. Chris Hill led the scoring with 4 goals and an assist; Rick Emerson, Mikie Schlosser, Austin Colvin (1 assist), Frankie Hattler all added two goals each. Kodiak Adams and Joe Lange both had a goal and an assist. Joe Reid and LSM Doug Strazza both added a scores.

Cyrus Scott in goal and the defense of Aran Roberts, Ian Nuzum, Cole Steigerwald and James Harrison held the Oregon team to one goal. Needless to say the defense and goal tending was smothering.
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U15 National Championships Game 2

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:21 pm

July 20, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
New Jersey Riders vs. NorCal Game 2 1pm EDT


The ESPN Sports Complex is amazing. We also have the AAU National Championship Basketball tournament happening along with the lacrosse. I escaped the heat by retreating to an incredible basketball complex that houses at least 4 full courts with bleachers and theater seats for spectators. Watching more great athletes is an additional treat while typing up these summaries.

The Jersey Riders are a big physical team of highly skilled players. We were caught a bit off guard with their ability to attack the ball and double/triple team some of our NorCal players as they attempted to clear the ball from our defensive zone to the offense. The game woke us up from the previous game that was not a contest. Our players responded well after a few minutes of ragged play. Spencer Evans scored on a powerful right sweeping move finding the goal with a strong bounce shot.

Will Ernst, our goalie was a wall. He stymied many attempts by the Riders to penetrate the goal. Near the end of the first half Will made a beautiful high save that was ruled a goal. The referee felt his stick and the ball crossed the goal line (the ball never came out of Will’s stick). Will’s command of the defense was extremely strong coupled with laser outlet passes to our middies. Aran Roberts has been struggling with a foot injury and it flaired-up. Riley Burke stepped in for Aran and joined Ian Nuzum, James Harrison and Cole Steigerwald who battled the strong players from New Jersey.

Near the end of the first half Mikie Schlosser went coast to coast using his grace and speed. He started deep in our defensive zone, gathered more speed than the defenders thought and blew past a big, strong Jersey Rider to beat their goalie with a perfect bounce shot to the off-side of the goal.

NorCal led 2-1 at the half. The heat already alive and well was turned-up by the play of both teams in the second half. Both teams capitalized on man-up situations. Midway through the second half NorCal had a man-up situation. They crisply moved the ball around the perimeter of the defense for about 30 seconds. Austin Colvin took advantage of this ball movement to sneak from behind the cage into the crease and receive a beautiful pass from Frankie Hattler. Austin’s close-in stick skills are thrilling to watch (if you are rooting for NorCal). He made a beautiful catch and score right in the middle of two 6’2” Jersey Rider defenders. With the score 3-1 New Jersey battled back. NorCal turned them away while two men down. We continued to get penalties and the Riders kept the pressure on our defense. When we were a man down the Riders scored again making it 3-2 late in the game.

Josh Wellman and Mikie Schlosser led the team in ground balls. Will Ernest ended his marvelous game with 8 clutch saves. It was a great team effort spearheaded by Will Ernest’s goal tending. The game went down to the last second with the Jersey Riders inbounding the ball right in front of our goal. The pass went wild and the horn sounded, yeah, yeah! NorCal 2-0!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:35 pm

Great reports! Thanks! Keep them coming and good luck.
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U15 National Championship - 2010

Postby dlax19 » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:27 pm

After a hot and humid first day in Orlando, the Pool play resulted with the Nor Cal Talon team sitting as the No. 1 Seed with a 3-0 record - 36 goals for and 3 against.

An amazing first day for our Nor Cal boys...Josh Wellman was hot on his face off % winning 15 of 18 which gave our boys the offensive advantage. Scoring was well rounded with Rick Emerson, Austin Colvin, Spencer Evans, and Chris Hill all scoring more than 2 goals each. Many others scoring 1 -2 goals.

The defense showed their true colors by keeping the 2nd game against a strong New Jersey team in check by allowing only 2 goals - Will Ernst stood on his head for the Nor Cal team. The defense stayed stong on a 2 man down penalty by allowing only 1 shot and creating many offensive opportunities.

Bracket play begins tomorrow with the following lineups:

Championship Bracket 1st round Games
No. 1 Nor Cal vs. No. 16 Utah - 10:30 am - Field 18
No. 8 Jersey Ridgers vs. No. 9 Next Level (Md.) - 10:30 am - Field 19
No. 4 For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) vs. No. 13 Georgia - 8:30 am - Field 18
No. 5 Greene Turtle (Md.) vs. No. 12 Long Island Outlaws - 8:30 am - Field 19
No. 2 True Lacrosse (Ill.) vs. No. 15 Team Jersey - 10:30 am - Field JC1
No. 7 NESLL Black (Mass.) vs. No. 10 Virginia LC - 10:30 am - Field JC2
No. 3 FCA (Md.) vs. No. 14 Florida Elite - 8:30 am - Field JC1
No. 6 Denver Elite vs. No. 11 No-Excuse (Tenn.) - 8:30 am - Field JC2

Championship Quarterfinals
No. 1/16 vs. No. 8/9 - 2:30 pm - Field 18
No. 4/13 vs. No. 5/12 - 12:30 pm - Field 18
No. 2/15 vs. No. 7/10 - 2:30 pm - Field 19
No. 3/14 vs. No. 6/11 - 12:30 pm - Field 19

Consolation First Round
No. 24 Miami Makos vs. No. 25 St. Paul's Wolves (La.) - 9 am - Field 20

Consolation Quarterfinals
No. 18 Coast 2 Coast (Texas) vs. No. 23 Oregon - 9 am - Field 7
No. 19 Florida Swashbuckers vs. No. 22 New Hampshire - 1 pm - Field 20
No. 17 Dolphin Elite (Fla.) vs. No. 24/25 - 1 pm - Field JC1
No. 20 Grey Ghosts (Mass.) vs. No. 21 HouLA Guns (Texas) - 9 am - Field 9

Looking forward to a strong 2nd day.

Go NorCal!!!!!!!!
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U15 National Championships Game 3

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:29 pm

July 20, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
St. Pauls, Louisiana vs. NorCal Game 3 4:45pm EDT


While the best U15 teams in the United States are represented, there is giant disparity between some of the teams. St. Pauls is a team from Louisiana and lacrosse is just getting a foothold in this part of the country. It is courageous for St. Pauls to be in this tournament, but foolish too. Our team won 16-0. Spencer Evans led the onslaught with four goals; Austin Cunningham, Joe Lang, Joe Reid and Chris Hill had two goals apiece. After the first couple of minutes we were up 4-0 and St. Pauls adopted the mercy rule, “No more face-offs.” Unfortunately that didn’t work as Cole Steigerwald repeatedly stripped whoever tried to advance the ball. Our NorCal team passed the ball many, many times instead of shooting lots of shots on goal. This kind of game makes a strong case for regional qualifying tournaments in order to make it to this level. Good luck to St. Pauls and Louisiana as they build strength in this wonderful world of lacrosse.

The great news that came from our 3-0 start is that NorCal is the number one seed in the Championship Bracket. Numbers of teams were 3-0, we were awarded the number one seed, because we only allowed 3 goals to be scored against us in our first 3 games. We play the Ohio All-stars in the morning at 10:30 am EDT. We were lucky in our draw. We only had one really close game, but tomorrow is a different story. All the teams that made it to the Championship Bracket are good teams and the top 10 are elite teams, including ours. We look forward to playing extremely well. It is single elimination from here on out.
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U15 National Championship Tournament Championship Bracket

Postby PappaLaxBear » Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:34 pm

This was from laxmagazine.com live blog from today......copied and pasted as is......

Brackets included online/in program/in coaches packets were incorrect. Correct matchups are here:

Notice who is seeded number one after the pool play, YEAH!

Championship Bracket 1st round Games
No. 1 Nor Cal vs. No. 16 Utah - 10:30 am - Field 18
No. 8 Jersey Ridgers vs. No. 9 Next Level (Md.) - 10:30 am - Field 19
No. 4 For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) vs. No. 13 Georgia - 8:30 am - Field 18
No. 5 Greene Turtle (Md.) vs. No. 12 Long Island Outlaws - 8:30 am - Field 19
No. 2 True Lacrosse (Ill.) vs. No. 15 Team Jersey - 10:30 am - Field JC1
No. 7 NESLL Black (Mass.) vs. No. 10 Virginia LC - 10:30 am - Field JC2
No. 3 FCA (Md.) vs. No. 14 Florida Elite - 8:30 am - Field JC1
No. 6 Denver Elite vs. No. 11 No-Excuse (Tenn.) - 8:30 am - Field JC2

Championship Quarterfinals
No. 1/16 vs. No. 8/9 - 2:30 pm - Field 18
No. 4/13 vs. No. 5/12 - 12:30 pm - Field 18
No. 2/15 vs. No. 7/10 - 2:30 pm - Field 19
No. 3/14 vs. No. 6/11 - 12:30 pm - Field 19
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:05 pm

Quick update. Nor Cal won both games today at U15 Nationals to advance to semi finals tomorrow. Can't wait to hear PappaLaxBear's game reports.
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