Team Effort Propels Team 180 Past Stick With It in U15 Championship
|Team 180 player Logan Derosia scored three goals in the championship game to help secure the tournament title for her team.|
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Two of the highest scoring teams went scoreless the first 10 minutes of the US Lacrosse West Championship under-15 girls' championship game, which ended in a 13-9 decision in favor of Team 180 (Colo.) over Stick With It (Calif.).
Team 180 started off the scoring with a goal by Logan Derosia with 15:02 left in the first half. Derosia's three goals of the game and Hali Sibilia's four goals of the game are a testament to teamwork and solid defense, according to Sam Bartron, Team 180 head coach.
"Our biggest weapon today was, hands down, our defense," Bartron said. "I cannot say enough good things about them; they played solid and persistent defense throughout the entire game. Not only was our defense solid, but our midfield was fast and our attack implemented our newly established motion offense just the way I envisioned it would."
After losing to Team 180 by eights goals in pool play, Stick With It put up a respectable fight against the eventual undefeated champion with a late four unanswered-goal-run to bring it within four.
"I have to say that Stick With It gave us a really good game," Barton said. "They have some really good players that we had some trouble stopping. They had a solid defense and a great center who we struggled to win the draw cleanly against. I think all of their players were great, but she really stood out as a force on their team."
Bartron made a point to acknowledge the efforts of every single one of her players– prior to and during the tournament – when asked who stood out to her this weekend. One of the team's midfielders, Pearl Schwartz, echoed the coach's sentiments.
"On behalf of our team, I think we played really well," Schwartz said. "At the beginning of our the tournament we were kind of a second half team and we didn't do very well. I think the second half of the tournament we did a better job of playing a complete game. I thought our defense was really strong too; we got a lot of turnovers on our defense who brought it up into the midfield to start transition."
From coach to player, the mentality is the same: together not separate.
"We don't play as individuals, we work together and play as a team."
U13 boys' and girls' also had finals today. The Santa Monica Dragons took home gold in the U13 boys' division, while Coast 2 Coast LA won the U13 girls' division. Both teams went undefeated the entire tournament. ... US Lacrosse reached an agreement with Coaches Aid to provide live streaming of three US Lacrosse Regional Championships, the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships, and the non-ESPN games of the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. Coaches Aid stream the U15 girls' championship game live at 11:30 a.m. PT, Sunday, June 29. ... This is the second straight year San Jose has hosted the West Championships. The 2015 location of the US Lacrosse West Championship is not yet determined.
Check out the weekend's scores and standings here.
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