Give Me Liberty: Champion HSS Champs
by Austin Lyon | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Georgetown recruit Kelyn Freedman led Liberty to the title at the Champion High School Showcase at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Kelyn Freedman scored 90 goals and registered 111 assists this past high school season and is one of the most skilled offensive players in the country.
But it was her defense that sealed a championship Monday afternoon.
Freedman drew a charge, falling to the ground with 10 seconds remaining to secure a 15-14 victory for Team Liberty over Team Spirit in the championship game of the Champion High School Showcase at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
"We weren't even thinking, we were just trying to play and get a stop and we knew time was running out," said Freedman, who was named her team's most valuable player.
Freedman scored the game winning goal on a free position shot with 1:21 remaining in the game and finished with two goals and two assists.
Liberty lost the first game of the tournament to Spirit, but rallied to win three consecutive games and claim the tournament title.
"We did not look good in that first game, we were down on ourselves," Freedman said. "We brushed it off at the end of that game and turn it around to win three in a row."
Freedman, who won a state title in Pennsylvania at Radnor High School in the spring, will play for Georgetown next season.
This tournament, run by US Lacrosse, gave her the chance to play with one of her future teammates, midfielder Maggie Brown from the Menlo School in California.
"It's been so much fun and it's getting me real excited for next year," Freedman said.
Freedman and Brown first met on their official visit to Georgetown and also played together at a tournament in Colorado three weeks ago. Brown says she enjoyed spending time with her fellow Hoya.
"We definitely had some bonding time in between games, just hanging out, and I think that was a great experience," she said.
There were a total of 80 players selected to participate in the event, and Brown says she hopes that playing with and against some of the best players in the nation will better prepare her to play for Georgetown.
"I thought this was a great experience, especially for me coming from the West Coast where we're still struggling to reach the same competitive level as people from the East Coast," Brown said.
"This was a great opportunity to get that intense pressure on the field so I can get used to it for next year."
Some of the other top performers in the championship game included Kathryn Webster, who scored a team high four goals for Liberty. Webster, a midfielder from Christian Brothers Academy in New York, will attend Syracuse in the fall.
Another New Yorker, Spirit midfielder and Johns Hopkins recruit Taylor D'Amore, scored a goal and registered four assists on her way to earning team MVP honors. Liza Blue, who will play for Virginia in the spring, scored a team-high three goals.
In the consolation game, Team Pride bested Team Freedom 15-13 in overtime.
Kaitlin Mastropieri, a Vanderbilt recruit, scored the game winning goal with 59 seconds remaining in the first overtime and sealed the win with another score on a free position shot with 1:48 to go in the second overtime.
Mastropieri finished with a game high five goals.
Pride trailed by as many as six goals in the first half before rallying to tie the game at eight in the early moments of the second half.
The boys' Champion High School Showcase begins on Tuesday, July 20 and wraps up with the championship game on Thursday, July 22 at 2 p.m. That game will be aired on a tape-delayed basis on ESPNU on Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m.