UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

National Championships Game 4 vs. Utah

Postby PappaLaxBear » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:48 pm

July 21, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
Utah vs. NorCal Game 10:30am EDT


Most of the parents and all of the players and coaches were together in this wonderful family restaurant called the Orlando Ale House. It was about 8pm last night and the announcement came from our Head Coach Nick Mayle that the team earned the number one seed in the National Championship championship round. Cheers of joy erupted from our players and parents. Other lacrosse families and players from other teams were in the vicinity and they showered our guys with congratulations.

Once again the parents are working as a well-oiled support team too. Patricia Qualls and Steve Lang organized another bagel, fruit and juice breakfast before the team left for this morning’s game. Team Hydration is led by Lydia Schlosser with members Kent Strazza, Bob Wellman, David Fleming and Cheryl Steigerwald. Subway lunch was organized and managed by Jeanette and Jeff Harrison. Many of the other parents contribute by driving players to and from the fields.

The Utah team withstood many early barrages from our midfielders. The Utah goalie played well and many of our shots missed the goal. The pressure was on Utah for the entire first half, because Josh Wellman controlled 6 of 7 face-offs. Joe Reid led the team in ground balls with 5, Cole Steigerwald had two and many other players used their skills to keep the ball in the possession of NorCal.

Josh Wellman broke the deadlock with a strong shot from the crease after a magnificent feed from Frankie Hattler. Frankie was on fire as a feeder from behind the Utah goal. He assisted on a similar plays setting-up goals from Kodiak Adams and Sean Mayle. Frankie had a big game with 3 assists and a goal. Austin Colvin had two goals; Joe Reid marvelous coast to coast goal with a deft stick fake on his final defender and craftily slipping the ball past a good Utah goalie. Joe Lang, Spencer Evans, Austin Cunningham, Conner Towne and Cole Steigerwald all had a goal apiece. David Fleming rounded out the offensive onslaught with an assist making the final score 11-1 NorCal.

Aran Roberts was awesome in the first half of the game stripping another of the Utah offensive players. Aran is playing with a tough ankle injury. He has been courageous and wise to go when he can go and tell the coaches when he can’t. Great team play, Aran!

Our defenders Ian Nuzum, Riley Burke, James Harrison joined Aran in making life miserable for the Utah offense. Utah did not score until well into the second half of the game. Cyrus Scott was extremely solid in the net. He made some fine stops, didn’t allow rebounds and trapped balls that fell in and around his crease. In addition to his defensive stops he initiated our offense with numbers of laser-like clearing passes that led to goals at our offensive end.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:49 pm

July 21, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships
Next Level (MD.) vs. NorCal Game 2:30pm EDT


Unbelievable! NorCal into the U15 National Championship Semi-finals!!! This is monumental. Last year was the first year of the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship. Our NorCal team did not make it into the top 16 teams or winners bracket. This year’s team is in the top four. We defeated Next Level today who were one of the top four last year. In once sense it is like a Texas team going to New England and being in the top four ice hockey teams in the United States. This puts a huge stamp on how far California lacrosse has come and begins to reward all the coaches, sponsors, players, and parents that support lacrosse in California.

It is amazing to see articles about the tournament in major online publications such as http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/ ... ampionship.

The coaches thought that getting to the winner’s bracket was goal number one. Next making it to the final 8 and now the possibility of winning the National Championship would be absolutely wild. Our first game against the Long Island team is at 8am tomorrow we will have to play well to win. When you are in the top four teams in the country you have to play well.

This afternoon’s contest against Next Level carried some baggage. We played against them in Vail and split 1-1. Although today’s game was a tough, physical game it was not a dirty game. Next Level and NorCal played very hard, tough and physical lacrosse.

The game was a stalemate for the first quarter both teams exchanging shots on goal. Will Ernst was, once again, amazing. The Next Level goalie is very good too. We seemed to have a significant edge in time of possession in the first quarter and near the end the scoring started. Frankie Hattler ripped a roaring, over-hand, bounce shot from about 25 yards out. The ball bounced and caught “chedder” just under the cross-bar. A few minutes later Joe Reid fed Kodiak Adams who made a marvelous catch in traffic in the crease area, was hammered by the defenseman and ripped a shot across the goalie into the opposite side of the net. Unfortunately, for our NorCal team Next Level came right back with a beautifully executed fast break making it a 2-1 game at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter found Next Level controlling way to many ground balls. They executed a crafty screen move in the crease and the X man fed him beautifully to knot the score at 2-2. NorCal broke the huddle at the beginning of the second half with the cheer “Ground Balls.”

The third quarter remained tied at 2-2. A hard fought time with a number of forced and unforced turnovers predicated upon the pressure of the game and strong defenses on both teams. Spencer Evans and Mikie Schlosser initiated some timely clears with their speed and stick skills.

Our defenders led by Ian Nuzum, James Harrison, Riley Burke and Aran Roberts held off repeated charges by the talented Next Level midfielders and attack. We had two times in the fourth quarter when we survived man-down situations. Will Ernst made amazing saves stuffing the Next Level attackmen at point blank range. Our midfielders played strong defense led by LSMs Doug Strazza and Cole Steigerwald. Cole and Doug have speed, strong stick skills and tenacity that keeps opposing middies from initiating strong charges toward our goals. Our “short stick” middies played dogged defense too the pressure of the game and two tough defenses. Both team’s goalies made fine saves.

Josh Wellman did not dominate the Next Level face-off men. He split with them. Whether we win or lose the face-off we do not allow the other team to get fast breaks off the face-off. The contests, when not initially won, end-up being struggles at mid-field. Josh’s strength and skill helps us be able to win low scoring games against good teams. Cole Steigerwald and Doug Strazza provide tremendous wing support on face-offs too. We have a host of short-stick middies that are tough on ground balls too. Our team has up-graded our face-off success with the additions of Josh as our FOGO man and Cole joining Doug as LSMs.

The fourth quarter started with Next Level getting a penalty. The EMO team of Sean Mayle, Joe Lang, Kodiak Adams, Austin Colvin and Frankie Hattler and Joe Reid has been extremely productive in the last 4 tournaments. Today was no exception. Sean Mayle took a pass from Joe Reid and drove a beautiful over-hand bounce shot (chedder) into the top of the net. This made the score 3-2 in favor of NorCal. It was just minutes later when Next Level received another penalty. The EMO team moved the ball beautifully around the perimeter of the Next Level defense. Kodiak Adams found an open Joe Lang and he ripped a shot into the opposite top corner of the goal. Magnificent shot to put us up 4-2 with 4 minutes left in the game. We traded offensive sets in the next four minutes, but the score remained unchanged. Will Ernst was stupendous with 13 saves, strong crease traps and a host of fabulous clearing passes. Go NorCal into the Semi-Finals at 8am tomorrow.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:15 pm

We're all rooting for you, Nor Cal!!!!!!!!

For many years I've thought that the talent level of this group of U15 players is remarkable. I think that point is already proven by the performance so far by making it into the Final Four. I'd love to see you guys keep rolling.

It's also going to be very interesting to watch this group of players progress through HS and into college. I bet that they've caught some serious attention from the college scouts already.
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National Championsip Semi-final Game

Postby PappaLaxBear » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:34 pm

July 22, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships Game 5 Semi-finals
For the Love of the Game (Long Island, NY.) vs. NorCal Game 8am EDT

What a tough game. This is one of those games that people call a character builder or heartbreaker. I know the players are extremely disappointed and it will be a game the players will remember for long-time. NorCal lost to the Long Island team 9-8.

It was the first game that we had trouble controlling the ball early on face-offs. Long Island has a face-off man that was able to initiate some fast breaks by popping the ball forward, avoiding a collision with Josh Wellman and leading the charge toward our goal. Josh used his intelligence and toughness to learn and adapt as the game moved forward. By the second half he was controlling more than his opponents.

Mikie Schlosser started our scoring by using his speed and a beautiful split dodge to beat his defender and the goalie. Joe Lang followed with a rip from the outside to make it 2-1 NorCal. Our defense continued to play very tough against top teams. In the first quarter James Harrison stripped a number of the Long Island offensive players. Ian Nuzam and Riley Burke gave tremendous support to another premier performance by Will Ernst (12 saves). Will had 7 saves in the first half coupled with lots of traps. Will also was key to clearing the ball. Long Island created lots of turnovers against us with their hustle, positioning and overall riding skills.

Austin Colvin scored our third goal on a beautiful quick stick off a pass from Frankie Hattler. Spencer Evans scored on a power sweep to his right; Kodiak Adams scored on a power sweep to his left and Joe Lang made a spectacular move from behind the net ripping chedder into the top off corner of the goal. We took a 6-5 lead into the half. Coach Ed Hattler moved Joe Reid from midfield to play the X man on attack. Joe’s dodging ability put pressure on the Long Island defense and contributed to our offensive success.

The third quarter was a defensive battle with Long Island scoring late knotting the game at 6 all. Early in the fourth quarter Long Island again to the lead 7-6. Midway into the fourth quarter Spencer Evans went coast to coast firing a shot that rebounded off the goalie. Spencer made a wonderful athletic move, catching the rebound and scoring. Game tied 7-7. NorCal continued to pressure with a man-up situation, and Mikie Schlosser scored to put NorCal back on top 8-7. Again, it was difficult clearing the ball, because of the skill that Long Island exhibited with their rides that caused us problems in the last two minutes of the game. Long Island tied the game with just under a minute to go and won the game 9-8 with 2 seconds left on the clock.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby PappaLaxBear » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:43 pm

July 22, 2010
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World
U15 National Lacrosse Championships Game 6 Consolation Game
NESLL (New England All Stars) vs. NorCal Game 11am EDT

NorCal players barely had time to grab something to eat and then get ready to play for third place in the U15 National Championship Tournament. It was just as well not to dwell on the past. The New England All Stars (NESLL) just finished playing FCA (the eventual National Champion) and losing 11-7.

NESLL jumped to a 1-0 lead scoring on a fast break off the face-off. NorCal came roaring back scoring 3 goals in the next 10 minutes. Joe Reid fed Joe Lang to tie the game. Doug Strazza used his long-pole to scoop a ground ball in our defensive zone and race all the way scoring unassisted. Spencer Evans used his speed and strength to go over the top for our third goal of the game. Josh Wellman take over the first quarter face-offs winning 4 of 5. In addition Josh led the team in ground balls with five.

The second quarter was all NESLL. They gave us fits with riding our clears and creating turnovers. The time of possession started to slip in the direction of NESLL and they took a 4-3 lead at the half.

With little gone in the second half you could see and feel the toll the Florida heat and humidity took on our team. Joe Lang scored again on a strong left-handed rip while sweeping over the top of the defense. NESLL scored three more times making the score 7-4 at the end of three quarters. Two more goals by NESLL and then Rick Emerson made a nice dodge from the side for a score ending the game at 9-5. Cyrus Scott played a strong game in the goal, especially given the time of possession was clearly in favor of NESLL. Doug Strazza had a marvelous game at long-pole middie and Aran Roberts continued to play through a painful injury to his foot. The defensive long-pole group of Doug Strazza, Cole Steigerwald, Ian Nuzum, Riley Burke, Aran Roberts and James Harrison were major contributors along with our goalies Cyrus Scott and Will Ernst to earning our number one seed. Their tenacious play allowed only three goals against us in the first three games.

Both the Long Island team and the NorCal team may have left little in the tank for their final contests. Long Island had nothing left for their FCA opponent losing 17-4 in the final.

Congratulations to Joe Lang, Ian Nuzum and Will Ernst were chosen to the 2010 U15 National Championship All-Tournament Team. NorCal made fantastic team strides moving from not even making the winners bracket the previous year to fourth place in the U15 National Championships. Congratulations to all the players, Coaches Nick Mayle, Mike Emerson and Ed Hattler! What a fantastic journey for all of us.
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby Billax » Thu Jul 22, 2010 4:52 pm

Congratulations to all the boys and all the coaches for representing Northern California so well. What a great performance!
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Re: UNDER-15 TRAVEL TEAMS

Postby picknroll » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:23 pm

What an epic dual with the Long Island team! How exciting is that to have our Nor Cal boys playing down to the wire in the Natiional Championship semi finals against a LI team?!!! Climbing yet another rung up the ladder. Just outstanding!!!!
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Postby DlaxDad » Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:13 pm

Congratulations, NorCal. The For Love of the Game club is an extremely strong club, as the Outlaws learned at Swarthmore's King of the Hill tournament.

We're proud of the team, coaches, parent supporters -- way to represent! =D> =D> =D> =D>
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