Ronbeck Leads Pride to Champion All-American Showcase Title
by Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
Mickenzie Larivee drives past Madison Crutchfield during the Champion All-American Showcase at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Larivee had two assists to help Pride win the championship.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Lindsey Ronbeck was one of the youngest players competing in the Champion All-America Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, but that mattered little as she helped Pride to the championship with a 15-11 victory over Liberty at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Ronbeck, a rising junior at Manhasset (N.Y.) High School that has verbally committed to play at the University of Florida, scored three goals and added an assist in the championship game, and finished the four-game event with 10 goals. Playing with older players was nothing new for her.
“I was on varsity as a freshman at my high school, so I had to get used to playing with older girls and the pace of the game,” said Ronbeck.
Getting the chance to play with the older players was a valuable opportunity for her.
“I thought it was a great experience to get to know all of the older girls and see what their college experience was going to be like – their summer workouts for their teams and also what they went through in the recruiting process,” said Ronbeck, who played at last year’s US Lacrosse U15 National Championships for the Long Island Liberty at the same venue.
Another player used to playing in US Lacrosse events was Pride’s Laura Frankenfield. She played in the inaugural US Lacrosse U15 National Championship in 2009, has played in the US Lacrosse National Tournament the last three years and capped off her scholastic career by scoring two goals in Pride’s championship game win.
“It was amazing,” said Frankenfield. “This was one of the coolest tournaments I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere with the facility felt so big time. It’s so funny coming full circle with the U15 right there.”
The three-day Champion All-American Showcase featured approximately 80 of the nation’s top high school players and they represented 27 states.
“Everyone playing is the best of the best from around the nation,” said Frankenfield, a Wissahickon (Pa.) High School graduate who will head to Boston College next year. “It’s the best people you could play with and it’s a lot of fun.”
Frankenfield’s Pride team trailed just once in the contest – a 2-1 deficit in the opening minutes and seemed to have an answer for every run by Liberty.
After Liberty scored the final two goals of the first half to cut Pride’s lead to 9-8, Pride opened the second half by scoring the first four goals to take command at 13-8. Liberty then ripped off three straight goals, two of them by Maryland commit Shelby Scanlin to cut it to 13-11 with just under 10 minutes to play, but Frankenfield and Kelly Dolan scored in the final five minutes to ice the game for Pride.
Ronbeck and another Florida recruit, Carli Marsh, led Pride with three goals and one assist each and Annie Spewak also had three goals. Scanlin led Liberty with four goals and Kate Burbank added two goals and a game-high four draw controls.
In the third place game, Spirit jumped out to a 12-4 halftime lead and went on to an 18-10 victory behind four goals from Allison Dudley and two goals and five assists from Olivia Hompe. Hayley Ciklin and Mollie Stevens each had two goals for Freedom and Rachel Ramirez made 11 second half saves while allowing just six goals.
Championship Game Box Score
Pride 15, Liberty 11
Pride Goals: Lindsey Ronbeck 3, Annie Spewak 3, Carli Marsh 3, Kelly Dolan 2, Laura Frankenfield 2, Olivia Harpel, Caroline Dineen-Carlson.
Liberty Goals: Shelby Scanlin 4, Kate Burbank 2, Caroline Cummings, Anne L’Heureux, Allie Flaherty, Shannon Nugent, Madison Crutchfield.
Pride Assists: Erica Perrotta 2, Mickinzie Larivee 2, Kitty Morrissey, Kelly Dolan, Jillian Doherty, Lindsey Ronbeck, Carli Marsh.
Liberty Assists: Annie Ruland 3, Nina Kelty, Allie Flaherty, Julianne D’Orazio, Madison Crutchfield.
Pride Goalies: Natalie Marek 25:00, 8 GA, 5 saves; Elizabeth O’Sullivan 25:00, 3 GA, 4 saves.
Liberty Goalies: Meagh Graham 25:00, 9 GA, 4 saves; Katrina Reeves 25:00, 6 GA, 4 saves.
Third Place Game Box Score
Spirit 18, Freedom 10
Spirit Goals: Allison Dudley 4, Kelsey Murray 3, Bridget Shaffrey 3, Madeline Haynes 2, Katherine Smith 2, Olivia Hompe 2, Shannon Fitzgerald, Mariah Salerno.
Freedom Goals: Hayley Ciklin 2, Mollie Stevens 2, Haley Hallenbeck, Kiki Ryan, Lydia Cassada, Michaela Michael, Kiley Anderson, Sidney Swormstedt.
Spirit Assists: Olivia Hompe 5, Shannon Fitzgerald 2, Rebecca Hetrick, Kelsey Murray.
Freedom Assists: Lydia Cassada 2, Michaela Michael 2, Kiki Ryan.
Spirit Goalies: Jennifer Blum 25:00, 4 GA, 2 saves; Maddie Wilson 25:00, 6 GA, 4 saves.
Freedom Goalies: Jenna Stover 17:00 5 GA, 2 saves; Tara Sonnemaker 8:00, 7 GA, 3 saves; Rachel Ramirez 25:00, 6 GA, 11 saves.
Most Valuable Players
Pride: Olivia Harpel, West Windsor Plainsboro North (N.J.)
Liberty: Madison Crutchfield, St. Paul’s School (N.H.)
Spirit: Olivia Hompe, New Canaan (Conn.)
Freedom: Lydia Cassada, Milton (Ga.)
Sportsmanship Award Winners
Pride: Kylie Drexel, Davis Senior (Calif.)
Liberty: Nina Kelty, Palo Alto (Calif.)
Spirit: Kelsey Murray, New Trier (Ill.)
Freedom: Rachel Ramirez, Lindenhurst (N.Y.)