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July 9, 2009

Blog: USL U-15 Boys' National Championship

Lacrosse Magazine Online staff members blog live from the 2009 US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship, presented by Modell's Sporting Goods, at Cedar Lane Park in Bel Air, Md.

Check back here for updates and highlights from the boys' division, which includes 32 teams nationwide.

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Final Scores
posted Friday, July 10 at 4:54 p.m.

Championship game: FCA 10, For Love of the Game 9 (OT)
Kasey Kapianos scored the game-winner in overtime as FCA captured the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 Boys' National Championship. For Love of the Game trailed 9-4 with 7:57 remaining in the game, but then ripped off five straight goals to tie game 9-9 on Brian Ward's goal with 1:47 left in regulation.

Click here for complete coverage.

Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
Sean McDonagh, Long Island Express (N.Y.)
Dylan Maltz, Blackwolf Select (Va.)
Kacy Kapinos, FCA (Md.)
Stephen Kelly, FCA (Md.)
Robert Savage, For Love of the Game (N.Y.)
Charlie Schnider, Next Level (Md.)
Ryan Macri, NESLL (Mass.)
Garrett Flannery, FCA (Md.)
Bobby Duvnjak, For Love of the Game (N.Y.)
Thomas McBride, FCA (Md.)

3rd place game: Next Level 8, NESLL 5
Nick Fisher scored three goals and added an assist as Next Level bounced back from its only loss of the tournament to beat NESLL in the third place game. Graham Shue and Kylor Belistri added two goals each. Tate Jozokos led NESLL with two goals.

Consolation bracket - Championship: Patriot Missiles 13, Long Beach LC 7
The Patriot Missiles outscored Long Beach 7-1 in the second half to claim the championship of the consolation bracket at the US Lacrosse U-15 Boys' National Championship. Jamie White scored both of his goals in the second half to lead the Missiles and Ryan Fritz also had two goals. Thomas Hamlet led Long Beach with two goals and an assist and Peter Marcote made 14 saves.

Championship Bracket - Consolation round
posted Friday, July 10 at 12:55 p.m.

Long Island Express 11, Jersey Ridgers 10 (OT)
Ithaca 11, Colorado Raiders 4

Consolation Bracket - consolation games
Greater Houston 12, Vermont 6
Cleveland LC 10, Fighting 4 Lacrosse 7

Semifinal Results
posted Friday, July 10 at 10:46 a.m.

FCA (Md./Calif.) 10, Next Level (Md.) 8
For Love of the Game (N.Y.) 8, NESLL (Mass.) 1

How appropriate. Teams from Baltimore and Long Island have advanced to today's US Lacrosse U-15 boys' national championship game. Click here for coverage from the semifinals, and check back here for results and more following the championship game, which faces off at 2 p.m.

Consolation bracket semifinals
Patriot Missiles (N.J.) 8, Nor Cal 5
Long Beach LC (N.Y.) 12, Mavericks 4

2nd Set of Quarterfinals
posted Thursday, July 9 at 6:11 p.m.

NESLL (Mass.) 8, NVYLL 4 (Va.) - Final
For Love of the Game (N.Y.) 15, Blackwolf Select (Va.) 5

Click here for a recap of all four quarterfinals.

Quarterfinal, Consolation Scores
posted Thursday, July 9 at 4:08 p.m.

Scores are in from the first two quarterfinals of the championship bracket, with top-seeded Next Level (Md.) and fifth-seeded FCA advancing. The semifinals will be set after two more quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m.

Quarterfinal Scores
FCA (Calif./Md.) 13, Primetime (N.Y.) 4
Next Level (Md.) 9, Greene Turtle (Md.) 5
NVYLL (Va.) vs. NESLL - 4:30 p.m.
For Love of the Game (N.Y.) vs. Blackwolf Select (Va.) - 4:30 p.m.

Consolation Scores - Championship Bracket
Colorado Raiders 6, BattleLax Bombers 5
Jersey Ridgers (N.J.) 12, Team Washington (Wash.) 10
Ithaca (N.Y.) 13, Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) 3
Long Island Express (N.Y.) 9, Penn Star (Pa.) 6

Colorado Raiders 6, BattleLax Bombers 5: Dalton Sierra scored his second goal of the game with 5:02 remaining in the game to lift the Raiders to a one-goal victory. Braxton Host also had two goals and Jason Cleary made 12 saves. Matthew Skowron had two goals and an assist for Battle Lax.

Jersey Ridgers 12, Team Washington 10: Colin Goldstein had seven goals, including the final four of the game for his team as the Jersey Ridgers pulled away for the win. Cody Bernstein led Washington with five goals and two assists.

Ithaca 13, Twist Lacrosse 3: Eric Barr had five goals and an assist to lead Ithaca to a victory. Barr scored four of Ithaca's first six goals and assisted on another. Will Black had two goals for Twist.

Long Island Express 9, Penn Star 6: Sean Doyle scored three goals and Andrew Fritschi and Kieran Burke combined for 14 saves to lead Long Island to a three-goal win.

All-Swag Team; All-Name Team

posted by Matt DaSilva | Thursday, July 9 at 2:15 p.m.

Updated Friday, July 10 at 8:52 a.m.: A couple of corrections have been brought to my attention. First, all-swag team member Washington bears a map of the state of Washington, not the U.S., with the star representing the capital city of Olympia. Also, all-name team member Tony Roney is a member of the Harford Mavericks (Md.), not the Jersey Ridgers...

Let's add some color to this blog. Lacrosse is, after all, a sport of style as much as it is of substance.

Here's my all-swag team, for teams that have made the boldest fashion statements:

1. Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) -- The Pennsylvania-based Twisters take the cake with their camouflage tees topped with neon green tank jerseys. (Now you see me; now you don't.) The team also boasts helmets laced with purple and yellow swirled decals that remind you of a Starburst commercial.

2. Team Washington (Wash.) -- These Seattle visitors represent the left coast well with flush neon green jerseys (laxers love them some loud colors), and get a special nod for creative sleeve décor. The sleeves include a map of the U.S. with a star planted on Washington -- showing both the national and regional significance of their presence here.

3. Next Level (Md.) -- Perhaps the tournament's top-seeded anticipated meeting Team Michigan in its pool. The green jerseys with the Spartan warrior logo certainly had me confused.

4. Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) -- It says something about the enormous outreach of the Headstrong Foundation -- which supports cancer research in the name of former Hofstra player Nick Colleluori, who died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma -- that these Jacksonville players are sporting the ubiquitous neon green shoelaces imprinted with "Headstrong" on their cleats.

Here's my all-name team, for the tournament's best-named players. Why weren't my parents this cool?

G Daniel Marino, For the Love of the Game (N.Y.)
Seriously? Dan Marino? It made sense once you saw the way this kid quarterbacked his defense to a dominant 12-3 win over the Jersey Ridgers in this morning's round of 16.

D Joe Clark, Team Vermont (Vt.)
"Free Mr. Clark! Free Mr. Clark!" Anyone who saw Morgan Freeman lock down the role of Joe Clark in Lean on Me -- a movie based on the true story of an inspirational high school principal who overturned a troubled culture at his alma mater -- loves this name for a lock-down defenseman.

D Timothy Stackpole, Long Island Express (N.Y.)
This kid was destined to be a defenseman -- a matter of birthright, it seems.

D Tony Roney, Jersey Ridgers (N.J.)
I just got a sudden hankering for a big bowl of pasta with meatballs.

M James Forkin, Long Beach Lacrosse Club (N.Y.)
As the great Yogi Berra once said, "When you see a Forkin the road, take it."

M Jesse Gwozdz, New England Select Lacrosse (Mass.)
Ten bucks to the first commenter who can phonetically pronounce Jesse's last name.

M Matt Rambo, Penn Stars (Pa.)

Is it possible to be intimidated solely by a name? Chances are, Rambo's got a rocket for a shot.

A Ben Wild, Twist Lacrosse (Pa.)
Every team needs a guy who will do anything -- one the field and off. One of my high school teammates once chugged a handle of Texas Pete hot sauce on a bus trip. I'm thinking Wild is Twist's resident character.

A Bear Altemus, Next Level (Md.)
Sounds like a character from "Gladiator." If you saw the way Bear bullied around the cage in preliminaries, the pit at the Coliseum would seem like a natural habitat for young Altemus.

A Matthew Maier, Patriot Missiles (N.J.)
In the Baltimore area, the name Maier shall forever be loathed. Jeffrey Maier was the young fan who reached over the wall at Yankee Stadium to reign in a Derek Jeter would-be-flyout turned homerun in the 1996 American League Championship Series - a momentum shift that allowed the Yankees to take the series over the Orioles en route to a World Series title. Any relation?

Consolation Bracket Score Updates
posted by Brian Logue | Thursday, July 9 at 1:58 p.m.

Consolation quarterfinals
Harford Mavericks (Md.) 13, Maryland HotStix 6
LBLC 12, Team Colorado 11 (2 OT)
Patriot Missiles (N.J.) 14, Michigan 4
Northern California 10, Rhode Island 4

Consolation Bracket - Consolation round
Greater Houston (Texas) 16, Great Plains (Kan.) 1
Vermont 10, Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) 6
Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.) 8, Georgia 6
Cleveland LC (Ohio) 16, Pittsburgh Aces 2

Harford Mavericks 13, Maryland HotStix 6: David McBrien scored Harford Mavericks first four goals of the game to lead the hometown team to a win. Alex Kleinberg also scored four goals and Will Farley added three goals and two assists. Jay Kuhn made 10 saves. Andrew Ternahan had three goals and an assist for the Maryland HotStix.

LBLC 12, Team Colorado 11 (2 OT): James Forkin scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime to lift Long Beach to a one-goal victory. The goal was Forkin’s fifth of the game and he also added two assists. Peter Marcote made 14 saves in the victory. Connor Kleinhenz paced the Team Colorado offense with four goals and two assists.

Patriot Missiles 14, Michigan 4: Kurtis Naslonski had three goals and two assists to spark the Patriot Missiles to a victory. Joseph Campbell also had three goals. Ryan Clair made 10 saves for Michigan.

Northern California 10, Rhode Island 4: John McCormick scored three goals to lead Northern California past Rhode Island. Adrian Stone had two goals for Rhode Island.

Greater Houston 16, Great Plains 1: Greater Houston picked up its first win as Bucky Desadier scored four goals and William White added three goals and two assists.

Vermont 10, Creeks Lacrosse 6: Max Johnson assisted on three of Vermont’s first four goals to help Vermont post the victory. Johnson added a goal later in the game. Ben Faller made nine saves in the victory. Payton Hawkins led Creeks Lacrosse with two goals.

Fighting 4 Lacrosse 8, Georgia 6: Pat Carlin had three goals and Taylor Harris added two to lead Fighting 4 Lacrosse to a win. Brandon Davis had two goals for Georgia.

Cleveland LC 16, Pittsburgh Aces 2: Jake Roberts had six goals and two assists as Cleveland LC won the battle of geographic rivals.

Round of 16: Upset City
posted by Matt DaSilva | Thursday, July 9 at 12:26 p.m.

As mentioned below, Long Island Express is an established, elite club lacrosse program that at this US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship carried several players from the area's top high schools.

Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse, by comparison, was a relative unknown.

Until now.

NVYL, which lost to LIE 9-3 in pool play, turned the tables for an 8-7 upset victory in Thursday's round of 16, advancing to the tournament quarterfinals. (All scores, recaps below.)

NVYL came into the championship bracket as the No. 14 seed. LIE was No. 3.

NVYLL advances to play No. 11 New England Select -- also an upset winner over No. 6 Penn Stars -- in a 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

NVYLL's Alex Barber had four goals and an assist to lead the upset bid, which finished with him and his teammates in a celebratory heap in front of goalkeeper Matt Hayden, who made a two clutch saves in the final 10 minutes to help preserve the lead.

But it came down to the wire. LIE's Paul Urbank scored with 27 seconds remaining to pull within one. NVYLL Midfielder Brent Armstrong won a crucial faceoff, then ran through a triple-team and drew a penalty following a timeout, showing poise beyond his young years.

What will the Northern Virginians have left in the tank? We'll find out at 4:30.

Round of 16 Scores
posted by Brian Logue | Thursday, July 9 at 11:45 a.m.

Next Level Lacrosse (Md.) 11, Colorado Raiders 1
Greene Turtle (Md.) 16, BattleLax Bombers (N.C.) 3
Primetime Lacrosse (N.Y.) 9, Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) 7
FCA (Calif./Md.) 13, Ithaca (N.Y.) 3
NVYLL (Va.) 8, Long Island Express (N.Y.) 7
NESLL (Mass.) 8, Penn Star (Pa.) 5
For Love of the Game (N.Y.) 12, Jersey Ridgers 3
Blackwolf Select (Va.) 19, Washington 3

Next Level 11, Colorado Raiders 1: Garrett Fellows scored four goals as Next Level Lacrosse continued to roll. Next Level has allowed just four goals combined in its four victories. Jason Cleary made 12 saves for the Colorado Raiders in three quarters of action.

Greene Turtle 16, BattleLax Bombers 3: Greene Turtle's offense was too much for the BattleLax Bombers, despite 18 saves from Bombers' goalie Pete Shammas. Zachary Cooper and Evan Glaser each had three goals for Greene Turtle and Tyler Ruhl added two goals and four assists.

Primetime Lacrosse 9, Twist Lacrosse 7: Primetime Lacrosse overcame a 6-4 halftime deficit to defeat Twist Lacrosse 9-7. Brandon Lee had two second-half goals for Primetime and its goalies Christian Davey and Chad Molyneaux combined for 18 saves. Twist Lacrosse goalie Brian Zappala made 13 saves.

FCA 13, Ithaca 3: Johnny Kelly had two goals and two assists and Riley DeSmit and Alec Dauses each added two goals as FCA rolled to the quarterfinals.

NVYLL 8, Long Island Express 7: Northern Virginia avenged a six-goal loss to Long Island Express in pool play by posting the first round win. Alex Barber scored four first-half goals and NVYLL held off a late Long Island charge behind solid goaltending from Matt Hayden in the fourth quarter. Sean McDonagh scored five times for Long Island.

NESLL 8, Penn Star 5: No. 11 seed NESLL knocked off No. 6 Penn Star behind three goals from Tate Jozokos. Ben Piersak and Drew Pirie each added two as well.

For Love of the Game 12, Jersey Ridgers 3: Dylan Molloy had three goals and two assists and Jake Sichenzia had three goals as For Love of the Game rolled. Daniel Marino made six first-half saves allowing just one goal for the winning squad.

Blackwolf Select 19, Washington 3: Dylan Maltz had a 10-point game (7g, 3a) as second-seeded Blackwolf Select moved on. Maltz scored five straight goals during one stretch.

Consolation Bracket Scores
posted by Brian Logue | Posted, July 9 at 10:14 a.m.

Harford Mavericks (Md.) 16, Great Plains (Kan.) 2
Maryland HotStix 6, Greater Houston (Texas) 3
LBLC (N.Y.) 12, Vermont 1
Colorado 10, Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) 2
Patriot Missles (N.J.) 14, Georgia 2
Michigan 6, Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.) 1
Northern California 11, Cleveland LC (Ohio) 4
Rhode Island 10, Pittsburgh Aces (Pa.) 3

Harford Mavericks 16, Great Plains 2: David McBrien had four goals as the Harford Mavericks beat Great Plains. Scott Davis scored both of Great Plains goals and hit a pipe late in the game.

Maryland HotStix 6, Team Houston 3: The Maryland HotStix held Houston scoreless for the final 13 plus minutes to pull away for a 6-3 win. John Hoffman and Landry Marshall combined for nine saves in the win and Brady Thompson had two goals. Bucky Desadier had a goal and an assist for Houston.

LBLC 12, Vermont 1: Thomas Hamlet (3g, 1a) and Connor Sofield (2g, 3a) paced the offense for LBLC and Sam Weiss made eight saves.

Colorado 10, Creeks Lacrosse 2: Colorado raced out to a 10-0 halftime lead and cruised. Blake Schrier had two goals and two assists to pace a balanced offense for Colorado.

Patriot Missles 14, Georgia 2: Jamie White had three goals and an assist as the Patriot Missles cruised. White scored three of the first eight goals for the Missles.

Michigan 6, Fighting 4 Lacrosse 1: Ryan Clair and Kelen Roman combined to make eight saves while allowing just one goal as Michigan picked up the win. Chris D'Angelo had three goals to pace the offense.

Nor Cal 11, Cleveland LC 4: Chad Bell had three goals as Nor Cal won a rematch of a pool play game from Wednesday. William Montero added two for Nor Cal and Jackson Givens paced Cleveland with two goals.

Rhode Island 10, Pittsburgh Aces 3: Alex Perrault had three goals and an assist as Rhode Island knocked off the Pittsburgh Aces. Will Nabors made seven saves for Pittsburgh.

About the Top Seed
posted by Matt DaSilva | Thursday, July 9 at 9:11 a.m.

Next Level Lacrosse (Md.) is the top-seeded team in today’s championship bracket, which begins with first-round games at 10 a.m. and continues with quarterfinals this afternoon.

Watching it dismantle Team Washington 12-2 to clinch the No. 1 seed yesterday evening, it was easy to see why.

These guys are slick and multifaceted. They might have the best fast break in the tournament. After Washington scored an early goal to go up 1-0, Next Level managed to score two goals in a 24-second span -- with a running clock. It took 24 seconds to dig the ball out of the cage, hike it up to midfield, administer the faceoff and for Next Level to pot another goal.

And we’re talking about 15-year-olds (at least as of Jan. 1) here.

Graham Shue was on the finishing end of both fast-break goals. But he’s not the team’s only stud. Midfielder Charlie Schnider (3g, 1a) wowed onlookers with his fancy feeds and finishes, including a behind-the-back ringer as Next Level pulled away in the second half. Aptly-named bull-dodger Bear Altemus also displayed an uncanny ability to score from goal line extended on a flat angle.

Again, 15-year-olds.

Next Level’s defense allowed just three goals in three games. Midfielder Christian Sanson is a great ground ball guy between the lines. He can surface from most frays with a quick scoop and step to help retain possession.

Next Level’s pool was relatively weak, with Fighting 4 Lacrosse and Creeks Lacrosse both relegated to the consolation brackets and Washington slipping into the championship bracket as a No. 15 seed. It will be interesting to see how Next Level fares going forward.

Seeding for Championship/Consolation Brackets
posted by Brian Logue | Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Championship Bracket
1. Next Level Lacrosse (Md.)
2. Blackwolf Select (Va.)
3. Long Island Express (N.Y.)
4. Primetime Lacrosse (N.Y.)
5. FCA (Md./Calif.)
6. Penn Star (Pa.)
7. For Love of Game (N.Y.)
8. Greene Turtle (Md.)
9. BattleLax Bombers (N.C.)
10. Jersey Ridgers (N.J.)
11. *NESLL (Mass.)
12. *Ithaca (N.Y.)
13. Twist Lacrosse (Pa.)
14. NVYLL (Va.)
15. Team Washington
16. Colorado Raiders

* - NESLL won coin flip for 11th position. Teams were tied in goals allowed and goal differential.

Consolation Bracket
1. Harford Mavericks (Md.)
2. Rhode Island
3. Patriot Lacrosse Missles (N.J.)
4. LBLC (N.Y.)
5. Team Colorado
6. Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.)
7. Northern California
8. Maryland HotStix
9. Greater Houston (Texas)
10. Cleveland LC (Ohio)
11. Team Michigan
12. Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.)
13. Team Vermont
14. Georgia
15. *Pittsburgh Aces (Pa.)
16. *Great Plains (Kan.)

* - Pittsburgh Aces won coin flip for 15th position. Teams were tied in goals allowed and goal differential.

Pool Play Scores - 5 p.m. Games
posted by Brian Logue | Wednesday, July 8 at 6:13 p.m.

FCA (Md./Calif.) 10, LBLC (N.Y.) 3
NESLL (Mass.) 11, Georgia 0
Penn Star (Pa.) 8, Ithaca (N.Y.) 5
Patriot Lacrosse Missles (N.J.) 14, Great Plains (Kan.) 0
BattleLax Bombers (N.C.) 4, Harford Mavericks (Md.) 2
Jersey Ridgers 14, Team Michigan 1
Next Level Lacrosse (Md.) 12, Team Washington 1
Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.) 9, Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) 4

Pool Play Scores - 3:30 p.m. Games
posted by Brian Logue | Wednesday, July 8 at 4:50 p.m.

Greene Turtle (Md.) 11, Pittsburgh Aces 2
For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) 12, Team Colorado 1
Colorado Raiders 9, Maryland HotStix 5
Blackwolf Select (Va.) 14, Team Vermont 2
Long Island Express (N.Y.) 10, Cleveland LC (Ohio) 3
NVYLL (Va.) 7, Northern California 6
Primetime Lacrosse (N.Y.) 5, Rhode Island 3
Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) 9, Greater Houston 5

Pool Play Scores - 2 p.m. Games
posted by Matt DaSilva | Wednesday, July 8 at 3:34 p.m.

Scores are below from the latest round of pool-play games. Be sure to check back here for re-seeded brackets following the conclusion of today's games. Updated pool standings here.

Penn Star (Pa.) 15, Great Plains (Kan.) 0
NESLL (Mass.) 8, Long Beach LC (N.Y.) 6
FCA (Md./Calif.) 15, Georgia (Ga.) 2
Harford Mavericks (Md.) 5, Jersey Ridgers (N.J.) 5
Ithaca (N.Y.) 8, Patriot (N.J.) 4
Next Level (Md.) 11, Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.) 0
Team Washington (Wash.) 8, Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) 5
BattleLax 8, Team Michigan (Mich.) 2

Geography Lesson
posted by Matt DaSilva | Wednesday, July 8 at 3:34 p.m.

As Team Washington used a second-half surge to defeat Creeks Lacrosse (Florida) 8-5 in pool play, the question dawned on me: Has there ever been a more far-flung match-up of lacrosse all-stars than in this US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship?

Seattle-based Team Washington is now 2-0 after rallying from a 4-2 halftime deficit to beat Jacksonville-based Creeks. Washington defeated Fighting 4 Lacrosse, a team from New York, in an earlier game.

"It says that there are good lacrosse players all over the country," said Washington coach Rob Hawle, a Maryland native. "It's not like you need teams from Maryland or New York on the field to prove that."

Cody Bernstein (4g, 1a) continued his strong play by engineering the comeback with three goals and an assist in the second half. Defenseman Frank Medlicott helped hold Creeks to just one second-half goal.

"This is my first time out to Baltimore, the lacrosse capital," said Medlicott. Of the earlier win over a New York team, he added, "That pumped us up a lot."

Team Washington meets Next Level Lacrosse from Maryland for first place in Pool H at 5 p.m.

Check back here for continuous updates and re-seeded brackets following the conclusion of today's games.

Pool Play Scores - 12:30 p.m. Games
posted by Brian Logue | Wednesday, July 8 at 2:05 p.m.

For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) 4, Greene Turtle (Md.) 4
Team Colorado 14, Pittsburgh Aces 2
Blackwolf Select (Va.) 11, Maryland HotStix 5
Colorado Raiders 11, Team Vermont 7
Long Island Express (N.Y.) 9, NVYLL (Va.) 3
Nor Cal Blue 9, Cleveland LC (Ohio) 5
Rhode Island 5, Greater Houston 4
Primetime Lacrosse (N.Y.) 7, Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) 5

Furious Comeback
posted by Paul Ohanian | Wednesday, July 8 at 1:01 p.m.

Team FCA, with players from Maryland and California, might have posted the best comeback of the morning as they scored the final four goals of the game to rally for a 7-6 win. With NESLL (Massachusetts) leading 6-3 following Jake McLaughlin's goal at the 8:00 mark, Matt Verderamo started the FCA rally with an unassisted goal at 6:09. Townsend Brown then pulled FCA to within one with a goal at 2:46.

And then it got interesting.

FCA's Stephen Kelly won the ensuing face off, and two passes later, Johnny Kelly netted the game-tying goal. Then it was Stephen Kelly's turn, as he won the face off again, scooped the ground ball, and blasted the game-winner into the lower left corner just 12 seconds later.

NESLL had one more possession in the final minute after FCA was called for a 30-second pushing penalty, but was unable to convert on its one extra-man shot.

One of the other midly surprising outcomes of the morning was Washington's 7-4 win over New York's Fighting 4 Lax.  Cody Bernstein had two goals and three assists and Maxwell Saffle added two goals and one assist to lead Washington, which led 4-3 at halftime. Nishan Ketchoyian paced Fighting 4 Lax with two goals.

Pool Play Scores - 10:30 a.m. Games
posted by Brian Logue | Wednesday, July 8 at 11:54 a.m.

LBLC 11 (N.Y.), Georgia 0
FCA (Md./Calif.) 7, NESLL (Mass.) 6
Ithaca (N.Y.) 11, Great Plains (Kan.) 1
Penn Star (Pa.) 7, Patriot Lacrosse (N.J.) 6
BattleLax Bombers (N.C.) 6, Jersey Ridgers (N.J.) 6
Harford Mavericks (Md.) 8, Michigan 0
Next Level Lacrosse (Md.) 14, Creeks Lacrosse (Fla.) 1
Washington 7, Fighting 4 Lacrosse (N.Y.) 4

Pool Play Scores - 9 a.m. Games
posted by Matt DaSilva | Wednesday, July 8 at 10:51 a.m.

Here are the scores from the first batch of boys' games:

Long Island Express (N.Y.) 11, NorCal Guys (Calif.) 3
Maryland HotStix (Md.) 8, Team Vermont (Vt.) 4
For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) 15, Pittsburgh Aces (Pa.) 0
NVYLL (Va.) 8, Cleveland Lacrosse (Ohio) 5
Twist Lacrosse (Pa.) 5, Rhode Island Boys (R.I.) 3
Blackwolf Lacrosse (Va.) 10, Colorado Raiders (Colo.) 2
Prime Time Lacrosse (N.Y.) 3, Greater Houston (Texas) 1
Greene Turtle (Md.) 7, Team Colorado (Colo.) 1

Rivals Turn Teammates, Dominate
posted by Matt DaSilva | Wednesday, July 8 at 10:51 a.m.

NorCal Guys coach Blake Kim gazed across the midline and saw helmets decaled with household-name programs like St. Anthony's and Chaminade, nudging his brother Cort.

"They've got some ball players," Blake said.

Those wearing the helmets, meanwhile, managed to turn the healthy hatred associated with Long Island's premier Catholic school rivalry into a competitive bond. Long Island Express defeated NorCal Guys 11-3 in the first round of pool play Wednesday morning to kick off the boys' division of the inaugural US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship.

"The synergy is just tremendous," said Express coach Mike Chanenchuk. "Rivals turn teammates, and it just makes them raise their game collectively."

Among Long Island's 24 players are 12 from St. Anthony's and five from Chaminade, most of whom recently completed their freshman seasons.

"We hate each other and go at it in the spring. They beat us this year," said LIE midfielder Dennis Brower. "Then come summer, we're friends."

"The styles are similar," Brower added, "run-and-gun and go to goal."

Long Island Express is a club program of around 800 boys and girls, said Chanenchuk, a program director.

"My son is a freshman at Princeton," he said, "and as a senior on the club team he played between two Chaminade midfielders."

All three went on to Ivy League college programs.

"That was one very organized, intelligent, high-IQ midfield," he said.

On the other side, Blake Kim was not discouraged by the tournament-opening loss, considering the opponent.

"We're building something in Northern California. We kind of ran into a buzzsaw there, but they battled," Kim said of the NorCal players. "We're not cocky about it, but we believe we belong here... I think we'll be good these next two games."

32 Teams, 3 Days, 1 Champion

posted by Matt DaSilva | Wednesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. EST

US Lacrosse announced the 64 teams that will compete for the first national championship at the under-15 level. Here are the U-15 boys' contenders, who begin pool play today, will be seeded tonight (check back to LMO) and enter bracket play tomorrow. The championship game is Friday at 2 p.m.

Middle Atlantic - Greene Turtle Lacrosse Club
Middle Atlantic - Maryland HotStix
Middle Atlantic - Harford Mavericks Lacrosse Club
Middle Atlantic - Next Level Lacrosse Club
New York - LBLC
New York - Ithaca Boys Lacrosse
New York - Prime Time Lacrosse
Upper Atlantic - Patriot Lacrosse Missiles
Upper Atlantic - Twist Lacrosse
Upper Atlantic - Blue Devil Lacrosse Club
Upper Atlantic - Pittsburgh ACES
Lower New England - Rhode Island
Lower New England - NESLL Boys U15
Lower New England - Mad Dog Lacrosse
Lower New England – For The Love Of The Game
Lower Atlantic - BattleLax Bombers
Lower Atlantic - Blackwolf Select
Lower Atlantic - NVYLL
Mountain/Northwest - Colorado
Mountain/Northwest - Aurora Raiders
Mountain/Northwest - Team Washington
Great Lakes - Cleveland Lacrosse Club
Great Lakes - Team Michigan
Pacific - Northern California (NorCAL)
Pacific – FCA U-15
Southeast/Deep South - Creeks lacrosse
Upper New England - Team Vermont
South Central/Southwest - Greater Houston
North Central/Central - Great Plains
AT-LARGE - Georgia
AT-LARGE - Penn Star

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