Pride and Liberty to Meet in Champion All-American Showcase Final
by Brian Logue and Paul Krome | LaxMagazine.com
Dartmouth recruit Kelly Dolan (Barrington, R.I.) scored six goals in three games to help Pride reach the final of the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase.
© Scott McCall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The championship game of the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, certainly won’t be lacking familiarity. The Pride and Liberty teams will face each other for a third straight day in the championship game, which will be streamed live on www.espn3.com at 10 a.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday morning from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Pride and Liberty met in the first round on Sunday evening, but only got the first half in before play was suspended due to lightning. When they resumed on Monday afternoon, Liberty had notched two victories earlier in the day and Pride needed to hang on to an 8-5 halftime lead from Sunday’s game in order to advance to the final.
Pride did more than hang on, cruising to an 18-12 victory behind four goals from Carli Marsh (Pine Crest School – Fla.) and three each from Kelly Dolan (Barrington – R.I.) and Lindsey Ronbeck (Manhasset – N.Y.).
Liberty was led by Annie Ruland (Milton – Ga.) and Shelby Scanlin (Cardinal Gibbons – N.C.) with three goals in the loss to Pride, snapping a two-game winning streak from earlier in the day. Liberty will hope to regain momentum in Tuesday’s championship.
"Our coaches are trying to do a lot of that bonding stuff, but people are just really friendly here," said Liberty’s Madison Crutchfield (St. Paul’s School – N.H.), who had a goal and two assists against Pride. "I feel like a lot of times when you’re playing with really good players, you tend to mesh better. You play at a high intensity and you expect people to do what they do."
Pride and Liberty each went 2-1 in pool play, while Spirit and Freedom each went 1-2. Spirit and Freedom will play in Tuesday’s third place game at 8:30 a.m.
Beyond the wins and losses, this event brings future college teammates together, and sometimes breaks up current high school teammates.
Liberty’s Annie Ruland and Freedom’s Lydia Cassada led Milton (Ga.) High School to a state championship this spring, and are featured in the August issue of Lacrosse Magazine. They find themselves in different colors this week, as will happen next year when Ruland heads to Southern Cal and Cassada heads to Northwestern.
"It was weird, because I ended up playing defense against her, which never happens because we’re both attackmen," said Cassada. "It was so funny being next to her on the draw. It was weird playing against her, but it was really fun."
In the first set of games in the morning, Annie Ruland (Milton – Ga.) scored two of her team-high four goals during a 5-1 run in the first half that propelled Liberty to an eventual 17-8 win over Freedom. Ruland, bound for Southern California in the fall, cut to the middle and converted a feed from Mady Cline (Lee’s Summit North – Mo.) with 15:05 left in the first half to put Liberty up 4-2.
Ruland tallied again at 7:35 on an assist from Isabelle Montagne (Lake Forest – Ill.) after a Freedom turnover to give Spirit a 7-2 cushion. Erin Jeffery (Carondelet – Calif.) finished the run and gave Liberty an 8-3 halftime lead when she scored on the second of Julianne D’Orazio’s (Merion Mercy – Pa.) two assists.
Michaela Michael (Menlo – Calif.), who corralled five draw controls and will join Ruland with the Trojans, brought Freedom within 8-5 five minutes into the second half, but three Liberty players answered and Freedom got no closer.
Madison Crutchfield (St. Paul’s – N.H.) equaled Ruland with five points (on five assists) for Liberty. She assisted on three goals in the first half to help counter Freedom’s 7-4 edge on draws. Overall, Liberty assisted on 11 of its 17 goals. Lydia Cassada (Milton – Ga.) led Freedom with two goals and one assists.
Spirit jumped out to a 6-2 lead late into the first half, but Pride scored the final three goals of the half to cut it to 6-5. Pride keep chipping away and finally took the lead at 9-8 with 10:45 left in the game on a goal by Drew Jackson (Woodward Academy – Ga.). Pride stretched the lead to as many as three goals, but Spirit came back to pull within 12-11 with 30 seconds remaining on Macy Scott’s (Toms River South – N.J.) second goal of the game. Spirit won the ensuing draw, but turned it over and Pride was able to run out the clock.
Carli Marsh (Pine Crest School – Fla.) led Pride with three points on two goals and an assist and Olivia Harpel (West Windsor Plainsboro North – N.J.) and Kelly Dolan (Barrington – R.I.) each had two goals. Elizabeth O’Sullivan (New Canaan – Conn.) made four saves in the second half for Pride and had a key interception with just over a minute to play in the game.
Shannon Fitzgerald (Newton North – Mass.) led Spirit with three goals, while Scott and Olivia Hompe (New Canaan – Conn.) each had two goals and an assist. Maddie Wilson (Chagrin Falls – Ohio) made five first half saves for Spirit.
Spirit suffered another tough loss in its second game, falling 13-11 to Liberty in a game where Annie Ruland (Milton – Ga.) helped ignite the Liberty offense with five assists. Madison Crutchfield (St. Paul’s School – N.H.) scored her second of the game at the 11:36 mark to give Liberty a 10-9 lead, and then Liberty took control adding two more goals in the next 66 seconds, both on feeds from Ruland to Caroline Cummings.
Shelby Scanlin (Cardinal Gibbons – N.C.) led Liberty with three goals. Spirit was led by Shannon Fitzgerald (Newton North – Mass.) with three goals and Olivia Hompe (New Canaan – Conn.) with two goals and two assists.
Also in the second round, Lydia Cassada (Milton – Ga.) had three goals and one assist and Michaela Michael (Menlo – Calif.) had a hand in back-to-back goals during a 4-0 second-half run as Freedom earned its first victory with a 14-10 defeat of Pride.
After Lindsey Ronbeck (Manhasset – N.Y.) scored her third goal to rally Pride from an 8-3 deficit to within one at 9-8 midway through the second half, Michael fed Kiki Ryan (East Lyme – Conn.) at 14:15 and then scored unassisted two minutes later to change the momentum. Cassada scored on a drive that started from midfield, and Sidney Swormstedt (New Hampton – N.H.) finished the decisive run when she scooped a ground ball – forced by a Freedom triple team of Linda Marie Attansio (Garden City – N.Y.) – and scored with 7:21 remaining.
Rachel Ramirez (Lindenhurst – N.Y.) went the distance in goal for Freedom and made 13 saves, including nine in the first half. Cassada helped stake Freedom to its first-half lead by scoring the game’s first goal just 65 seconds in, and later feeding Kiley Anderson (Haddam-Killingworth – Conn.) for the second of her back-to-back goals with 12:02 left in the half. But Pride rallied at the outset of the second half partly because of Kylie Drexel (Davis – Calif.), who finished with four assists. She scooped a ground ball off the draw control and fed Caroline Dineen-Carolson (Coronado – Calif.) for a fast-break goal less than five minutes into the frame, and she found Ronbeck cutting through the middle with 14:50 to play to bring Pride within 9-8 and force a Freedom timeout.
In the final game to finish on Monday, Kelsey Murray (New Trier – Ill.) had scored one of her three goals and had all four of her assists in the second half, and Olivia Hompe (New Canaan – Conn.) had four goals and one assist, as Spirit completed a 17-4 win over Freedom in the resumption of a game started Sunday but suspended at halftime due to lightning.
Spirit won the first seven draws of the second half and scored its first seven goals to extend a 9-2 halftime lead into a 16-2 advantage. Murray, bound for Stanford in the fall, scored twice in the first half and had a hand in her team’s last five goals.Mollie Stevens (Queen Anne’s County – Md.) scored three goals to lead Freedom. Spirit took leads of 6-1 and 9-2 Sunday thanks to balanced scoring.
-Liberty 17, Freedom 8-
Liberty Goals: Annie Ruland 4, Caroline Cummings 2, Tess Chandler 2, Shelby Scanlin 2, Kate Burbank 2, Caroline Jaeger, Anne L’Heureux, Julianne D’Orazio, Shannon Nugent, Erin Jeffery.
Freedom Goals: Lydia Cassada 2, Mollie Stevens 2, Hayley Ciklin, Michaela Michael, Kiley Anderson, Sidney Swormstedt.
Liberty Assists: Madison Crutchfield 5, Julianne D’Orazio 2, Annie Ruland, Mady Cline, Tess Chandler, Isabelle Montagne.
Freedom Assists: Kiki Ryan, Lydia Cassada, Michaela Michael, Sidney Swormstedt.
Liberty Goalies: Meagh Graham 25:00, 3 GA, 1 save. Katrina Reeves 25:00, 5 GA, 6 saves.
Freedom Goalies: Tara Sonnemaker 25:00, 8 GA, 3 saves. Jenna Stover 25:00 9 GA, 5 saves.
-Pride 12, Spirit 11-
Pride Goals: Olivia Harpel 2, Kelly Dolan 2, Carli Marsh 2, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson, Jillian Doherty, Lindsey Ronbeck, Lexi Cheetham, Annie Spewak.
Spirit Goals: Shannon Fitzgerald 3, Macy Scott 2, Olivia Hompe 2, Rebecca Hetrick, Katherine Smith, Rachel Schmetzer, Bridget Shaffrey.
Pride Assists: Laura Frankenfield, Jillian Doherty, Carli Marsh.
Spirit Assists: Madison DeWinter, Kelsey Murray, Macy Scott, Olivia Hompe
Pride Goalies: Natalie Marek 25:00, 6 GA, 2 saves; Elizabeth O’Sullivan 25:00, 5 GA, 4 saves.
Spirit Goalies: Maddie Wilson 25:00, 5 GA, 5 saves; Jennifer Blum 25:00, 7 GA, 3 saves.
-Liberty 13, Spirit 11-
Liberty Goals: Shelby Scanlin 3, Caroline Cummings 2, Caroline Jaeger 2, Erin Jeffery 2, Madison Crutchfield 2, Allie Flaherty, Shannon Nugent.
Spirit Goals: Shannon Fitzgerald 3, Katelynn Cox 2, Olivia Hompe 2, Madeline Haynes, Kelsey Murray, Katherine Smith, Rachael Schmeltzer.
Liberty Assists: Annie Ruland 5, Tess Chandler 2, Julianne D’Orazio.
Spirit Assists: Olivia Hompe 2, Macy Scott, Kelsey Murray, Allison Dudley.
Liberty Goalies: Katrina Reeves 25:00 6 GA, 2 Saves; Meagh Graham 25:00, 5 GA, 3 Saves.
Spirit Goalies: Jennifer Blum 25:00, 6 GA, 2 Saves; Maddie Wilson 25:00, 7 GA, 5 Saves.
-Freedom 14, Pride 10-
Freedom Goals: Lydia Cassada 3, Michaela Michael 2, Kiki Ryan 2, Kiley Anderson 2, Sidney Swormstedt 2, Hayley Ciklin, Haley Hallenback.
Pride Goals: Lindsey Ronbeck 3, Mickenzie Larivee 2, Caroline Dineen-Carlson 2, Olivia Harpel, Kelly Dolan, Lexi Cheetham.
Freedom Assists: Lydia Cassada, Michaela Michael.
Pride Assists: Kylie Drexel 4, Kelly Dolan, Mickenzie Larivee, Lexi Cheetham.
Freedom Goalies: Rachel Ramirez 50:00, 10 GA, 13 saves.
Pride Goalies: Elizabeth O’Sullivan 25:00, 8 GA, 2 saves. Natalie Marek 25:00, 6 GA, 2 saves.
-Pride 18, Liberty 12-
Pride Goals: Carli Marsh 4, Kelly Dolan 3, Lindsey Ronbeck 3, Laura Frankenfield 2, Olivia Harpel, Kitty Morrissey, Erica Perrotta, Mickinzie Larivee, Jillian Doherty, Sydney Sell.
Liberty Goals: Annie Ruland 3, Shelby Scanlin 3, Erin Jeffery 2, Caroline Jaeger, Kate Burbank, Shannon Nugent, Madison Crutchfield.
Pride Assists: Lindsey Ronbeck 2, Claire Monsaas, Kitty Morrissey, Jillian Doherty, Lexi Cheetham.
Liberty Assists: Madison Crutchfield 2, Mady Cline, Caroline Jaeger, Tess Chandler, Julianne D’Orazio.
Pride Goalies: Elizabeth O’Sullivan 25:00, 5 GA, 4 saves; Natalie Marek 25:00, 7 GA, 3 saves.
Liberty Goalies: Katrina Reeves 25:00, 8 GA, 5 saves; Meagh Graham 25:00, 10 GA, 4 saves.
-Spirit 17, Freedom 4-
Spirit Goals: Olivia Hompe 4, Rebecca Hetrick 3, Kelsey Murray 3, Shannon Fitzgerald 2, Bridget Shaffrey 2, Allison Dudley, Madeline Haynes, Katherine Smith.
Freedom Goals: Mollie Stevens 3, Lydia Cassada.
Spirit Assists: Kelsey Murray 4, Katherine Smith 1, Olivia Hompe 1.
Freedom Assists: None.
Spirit Goalies: Jennifer Blum 25:00, 2 GA, 7 saves. Maddie Wilson 25:00, 2 GA, 2 saves.
Freedom Goalies: Jenna Stover 25:00, 9 GA, 5 saves. Tara Sonnemaker 25:00, 8 GA, 2 saves.