Freedom Wins Champion All-American Showcase
Fairfield recruit Chelsey Sidaras made seven second-half saves to lead Freedom over Liberty in the championship of the Champion All-American Showcase.
© Scott McCall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A balanced offense and outstanding second-half goaltending by Chelsey Sidaras led Team Freedom to a 16-13 win over Liberty in the championship game of the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Freedom went 4-0 over the three-day event which featured 80 of the top high school players from around the country.
Trailing 16-10 midway through the second half, Liberty tried to make a late run, but found little success in getting the ball past Sidaras. Sidaras, a recent graduate of William Floyd (N.Y.) High School headed to Fairfield, made seven second half saves to help Freedom’s four-goal halftime lead stand.
“For her to come up strong is huge for a defender,” said Freedom’s Margaret Auslander, a rising senior at Green Hope (N.C.) High School that has committed to North Carolina. “She had our back, we didn’t even have to worry.”
Eleven different players scored goals for Freedom, led by Tyler Thomas with three goals and an assist. Liberty had pulled to within 9-7 late in the first half, and had a player advantage, but Thomas netted a short-handed goal with 48 seconds left in the half and then assisted on Campbell Probert’s goal 37 seconds later to give Freedom an 11-7 lead at the break.
Probert, Kelci Smesko and Adrienne Anderson each added two goals for Freedom while Liberty was led by Emma Lazaroff, Hannah Landgrave, McKenzie Hunt and Lydia Cassada with two goals each.
Auslander, who scored a goal in the championship from her defender’s position, credited Freedom’s cohesiveness with leading them to success.
“Our team come together really closely at the beginning of the event,” said Auslander. “This was probably the best tournament that you get selected for that I’ve ever played in. The teams were a lot more friendly and came together better. “
In the bronze medal game, Spirit picked up its first win of the tournament, beating Pride 20-16 behind the trio of Kelsey Murray (6g, 2a), Michaela Michael (5g, 2a) and Dene DiMartino (4g, 2a), who combined for 21 points. Colleen Jacoby played the final 17 minutes in goal for Spirit, making four saves and held Pride scoreless for the final 8:15 of the game.
Following the tournament, each team named sportsmanship award recipients and most valuable players. They were:
Sportsmanship Award: Margaret Auslander, Cary, N.C.
MVP: Aislinn Probst, Arnold, Md.
Sportsmanship Award: Alison Scharkey, Yorba Linda, Calif.
MVP: Emma Lazaroff, Lafayette, Colo.
Sportsmanship Award: Amanda Johansen, Glen Head, N.Y.
MVP: Cortney Fortunato, Northport, N.Y.
Sportsmanship Award: Kristina Coppolino, Winter Springs,
MVP: Michaela Michael, Burlingame, Calif.
Freedom 16, Liberty 13
Goals: Freedom – Tyler Thomas 3, Kelci Smesko 2, Campbell Probert 2, Adrienne Anderson 2, Carly Palmucci, Bridget Instrum, Christine Easton, Madison Acton, Aislinn Probst, Allyson Heavens, Margaret Auslander. Liberty – Emma Lazaroff 2, Hannah Landgrave 2, McKenzie Hunt 2, Lydia Cassada 2, Lauren Wackerle, Madison Vasta, Madalyn Blakeman, Maggie Bill, Kelly Dolan.
Assists: Freedom – Tyler Thomas, Kelci Smesko, Aislinn Probst, Campbell Probert, Caroline Fitzgerald. Liberty – Katrina Geiger 2, Emma Lazaroff, Kelly Dolan.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Katelyn Salerno (2 saves, 7GA), Chelsey Sidaras (7 saves, 6 GA). Liberty – Claudia Coleates (3 saves, 11 GA), Hanna Slough (1 save, 5 GA).
Bronze Medal Game
Spirit 20, Pride 16
Goals: Spirit – Kelsey Murray 6, Michaela Michael 5, Dene DiMartino 4, Mackenzie Smith 2, Taylor Farrell, Sydney Dupre, Doris Wilson. Pride – Jennifer Thompson 5, Gabriella Starkey 3, Julia Burns 2, Christina Esposito, Hannah Saris, Antonia Violante, Rachelle Mariner, Amanda Johansen, Cortney Fortunato.
Assists: Spirit – Mackenzie Smith 2, Kelsey Murray 2, Dene DiMartino 2, Michaela Michael 2, Kelly Cross 2, Casey Pearsall, Sydney Dupre. Pride – Christina Esposito 2, Amanda Johansen 2, Antonia Violante, Julia Burns, Cortney Fortunato.
Goalkeeping: Spirit – Genevieve Giblin (1 save, 6 GA),
Alyssa Saxon (2 saves, 8 GA), Colleen Jacoby (4 saves, 2 GA). Pride
– Julia DiTondo (5 saves, 11 GA), Katrina Reeves (3 saves, 9