San Diego All-Stars Take USL Central Boys' U15 Title
|Easton Gormican made a save in
the final minute to preserve San Diego All-Stars' 9-8 win over LAX
Squad Monopoly on Sunday in the US Lacrosse Central Regional U15
Championship in Arlington, Texas.
© Jim Cowsert
ARLINGTON, Texas — Fueled by a stout defense and goalie play by Easton Gormican, and four goals and an assist from Anthony DeMaio, the San Diego All-Stars held off LAX Squad Monopoly 9-8 in the US Lacrosse Central Regional U15 Championship on Sunday.
Gormican made a save in the last minute to preserve the win, propelling San Diego to play in the 2012 USL U15 National Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., July 27-29.
"It was tough. I came into this week very nervous and scared, I'm a younger kid and should be U13, but it was really cool playing with the older team," said Gormican.
"We just tried to keep our heads on a swivel, and keep playing hard."
Down 6-4 to start the second half, San Diego outscored LAX Squad 3-0 in the third quarter, despite only capitalizing once on four man-up opportunities.
"We struggled taking the right shots at the right time man-up. Where [with] six-on-six, we've been playing six-on-six for the last 48 hours, and we seemed to really gel and play unselfish," said coach San Diego coach Tom DeMaio.
"It was more of a team effort rather than myself with four goals running the same plays, looking for each other on the crease," said Anthony DeMaio of his four-goal effort.
LAX Squad came out for the second quarter firing on all cylinders, with Zach Higham scoring three consecutive goals, one of which coming off a face-off following his first goal of the quarter.
"I knew we needed a bunch of goals, I just tried my best to pop it in front on the face-off and get a couple of goals, " said Higham.
The San Diego defense was able to shut out LAX Squad's Adam Riestis for the game, keeping one of their more prolific offensive players out of the scorebook.
"We thought that we could do well if I held on top, hold them up there with a six-on-four. It did take us out of the game a little bit, because most of the time I do initiate. I thought we would have enough time for our middies to shoot and score," said Riestis.
"We played really well. We came out strong, got a good lead going into the half. They fought back in the second half, the third quarter. It was a hard fought game," said LAX Squad coach Mark Roidopolulos.
San Diego was able to withstand the Texas heat, playing six
games in three days, with the championship game being played in a
balmy 90 degrees with a slight cloud cover.