USL U-15 Boys Final Four Set
by Matt DaSilva and Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Top-seeded Next Level was the only one of the top four seeds to advance to the semifinals.
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BEL AIR, Md. – Top-seeded Next Level
Lacrosse (Md.) was the only one of the top four seeds to advance to
the semifinal round of the inaugural US Lacrosse Boys’ U-15
National Championship, presented by Modell’s Sporting Goods.
Next Level defeated Greene Turtle (Md.) 9-5 in the
Next Level will meet FCA (Md./Calif.) in the semifinals on Friday at 9 a.m. at Cedar Lane Sports Park. FCA defeated Primetime Lacrosse (N.Y.) 13-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon. The other semifinal on Friday morning will pit NESLL (Mass.) against For Love of the Game (N.Y.). NESLL, the No. 11 seed, defeated No. 14 seed NVYLL (Va.) 8-4 in one quarterfinal while For Love of the Game easily handled the No 2 seed, Blackwolf Lacrosse (Va.) 15-5.
The championship game will be held on Friday at 2 p.m.
Following are recaps of the quarterfinal games:
Next Level (Md.) 9, Greene Turtle (Md.) 5: Top-seeded Next Level used a dominant third quarter to pull away from eighth-seeded Green Turtle and advanced to the semifinals of the US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship with a 9-5 victory.
Up 4-3 at halftime, Next Level went on a 4-1 run in the third quarter that included two goals and an assist from attackman Bear Altemus. Midfielder Nick Fisher led all scorers with three goals.
Greene Turtle pulled within 6-4 at the 4:19 mark of the third quarter when Zeke Morrill found Gavin McBride for a fast break finish. Fifty-two seconds later, however, Altemus’ intended crease feed was intercepted by Greene Turtle goalie Nick Doyle and unintentionally shoveled into the cage to make it 7-4.
Altemus then found Garrett Fellows to convert on a turnover at midfield and put Next Level up 8-4 going into the fourth quarter, in which the teams exchanged single goals for the final margin.
FCA 13, Primetime Lacrosse 4: Midfielders Kasey Kapianos and Stephen Kelly combined to control the faceoff X and contributed solid offense to spur FCA to a 13-4 victory over Primetime Lacrosse in the quarterfinal round. Kelly had two goals and two assists and Kapianos had two goals and an assist.
Primetime’s Anthony Scapperotti scored with 1:54 remaining left in the third quarter to cut FCA’s lead to 6-3, but FCA responded with three goals in the final 35 seconds of the third quarter and then blew the game open in the fourth quarter.
FCA’s top offensive producers were Patrick Kelly with three goals and two assists and Alec Dauses with three goals.
Brandon Lee led the Primetime offense with a pair of assists and Christian Davey made seven first half saves while allowing just four goals.
NESLL 8, NVYLL 4: After going scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game, New England Select outscored Northern Virginia 5-1 in the second quarter to take command and moved on to the semifinals with an 8-4 victory.
Alex Barber’s goal after a great hustle play and feed from Scott Williams pulled NVYLL to within 6-4 with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter, but NESLL’s defense, anchored by Ryan Macri, shut down NVYLL for the final 11 plus minutes of the game. Adam Philie and Ryder Garnsey scored goals in the final quarter for NESLL to put the game on ice.
Garnsey led the NESLL offense with two goals while Jake McLaughlin and Tate Jozokos each added a goal and an assist. Brent Armstrong won 12-of-16 faceoffs for Northern Virginia and added a goal.
For Love of the Game (N.Y.) 15, Blackwolf (Va.) 5: For Love of the Game jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back, rolling Blackwolf, 15-5, to advance to the semifinals of the US Lacrosse U-15 National Championship.
A Long Island select team, For Love of the Game will meet New England Select Lacrosse Club at 9 a.m. Friday with a chance to qualify for the championship game.
Michael Gray and Liam Kennedy netted three goals apiece, with each adding an assist in For Love’s offensive outburst. Jake Sichenzia, Bobby Duvnjak and Robert Savage added two goals apiece.
Dylan Maltz factored in four of Blackwolf’s five goals with two goals and two assists.
Eleven of For Love’s 15 goals were assisted.
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