Freedom Earns Top Seed in Champion All-American Showcase
Princeton-bound Jake Froccaro has a tournament-best 10 goals after three games at the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Led by Princeton recruit Jake Froccaro, Team Freedom rolled through round-robin play with a perfect 3-0 record to advance to the championship game of the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event. Freedom will meet Spirit in the championship game on Friday at 1 p.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and the game will be aired on a tape-delayed basis at 7 p.m. on Friday on ESPNU.
The event features 96 of the best high school lacrosse players in the country, and includes players from 31 states.
Froccaro has a tournament-high 10 goals and helped Freedom defeat Spirit (10-9 in overtime), Liberty (18-9) and Pride (14-10) to go unbeaten. Freedom’s potent offense has a tournament-high 42 goals and has also featured Sam Llinares (Hofstra) with seven goals and six assists, and Nick Kilkowski (Rutgers) with five goals and three assists. Kilkowski scored the overtime winner for Freedom in Wednesday night’s game against Spirit.
Spirit will get a rematch against Freedom after winning the tie-breaker to advance to the championship. Spirit, Liberty and Pride all tied with 1-2 records, but Spirit had the lowest goals allowed (23) in the tournament. Spirit goalies Jack Connelly (Providence) and Matthew Sigmund (High Point) have combined for a 61.7 save percentage, and Spartanburg, S.C., native John Blackman has poured in a team-high nine goals, including six in a dominating 16-1 win over Pride on Thursday morning.
The consolation game on Friday morning at 9 a.m. will feature another rematch of a close round-robin game. Pride edged Liberty 9-8 on Wednesday night, but Liberty is coming off of its first victory, a 12-5 win over Spirit on Thursday afternoon. Kevin McNally (Albany) had three goals in that win while Jibran Ahmad (Dartmouth) leads Liberty with six goals in the tournament. Liberty goalies Colin Delea (headed to postgrad year at Phillips Exeter) and Kris Alleyne (Rutgers) have been excellent with 29 and 21 saves, respectively.
Pride bounced back from its morning drubbing to Spirit to give Freedom a tough game in a 14-10 loss on Thursday afternoon. That game was tied 7-7 at the half. Jacob Fuller (Lynchburg) had three goals against Freedom and leads the team with five in the tournament. Ray Mastroianni (Lehigh) had three goals and an assist in the loss to Freedom.
Freedom 14, Pride 10
Goals: Freedom – Evan Meister 3, Sam Llinares 3, Jake Froccaro 3, Nick Kilkowski 2, Ryan Hunter, William Walter, Ryan Hollingsworth. Pride – Jacob Fuller 3, Ray Mastroianni 3, A.J. Fish, Maximus Maxwell, Brendan Caputo, Sam Becker.
Assists: Freedom – Sam Llinares 2, Nick Kilkowski 2, Chase Miller, Matthew Parker. Pride – Jason Will, Ray Mastroianni, Brendan Caputo.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Jack Kelly (3 saves, 7 GA), Thomas Gilligan (8 saves, 3 GA). Pride – William Ryan (7 saves, 7 GA), Conor Peaks (6 saves, 7 GA).
Liberty 12, Spirit 5
Goals: Liberty – Kevin McNally 3, Jibran Ahamn 2, Ed Lubowicki, William Pilat, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jeff Desko, James Kolesar, Chris Pauzer, Dan Muller. Spirit – John Blackman 2, Troy Haefele, Shane Fee, John Edmonds.
Assists: Liberty – Ed Lubowicki 2, Kieran Eissler, Dan Muller. Spirit – Shane Fee, Christian Wolter.
Goaltending: Liberty – Kris Alleyne (6 saves, 3 GA), Colin Delea (10 saves, 2 GA). Spirit – Matt Sigmund (7 gaves, 5 GA), Jack Connelly (7 saves, 7 GA).
Freedom 18, Liberty 9
Goals: Freedom – Jake Froccaro 5, Evan Meister 3, Sam Llinares 2, Ryan Hunter 2, Nick Kilkowski 2, Scott Davis, Ryan Hollingsworth, Chase Miller, Stephen Polsinelli. Liberty – Chris Pauzer 2, Ed Lubowicki, William Pilat, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kieran Eissler, Jibran Ahmad, Chris Cornelius, Kevin McNally.
Assists: Freedom – Sam Llinares 3, Nick Kilkowski, Matthew Graham, Jake Froccaro, Nicholas Tjarksen, Nick Bautista, Jake Kiernan. Liberty – Blake Dutton, Ed Luowicki.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Jack Kelly (5 saves, 3 GA), Thomas Gilligan (5 saves, 6 GA). Liberty – Colin Delea (10 saves, 10 GA), Kris Alleyne (7 saves, 8 GA).
Spirit 16, Pride 1
Goals: Spirit – John Blackman 6, Brendan Phinny 2, Shane Fee 2, Joseph Baker 2, Troy Haefele, Ian Seale, Carson Clough, John Edmonds. Pride – Jacob Fuller.
Assists: Carson Clough 2, Peyton Klawinski 2, John Edmonds 2, Ian Seale, Brock Ghelfi.
Goalkeeping: Spirit – Jack Connelly (9 saves, 0 GA), Matthew Sigmund (4 saves, 1 GA). Pride – William Ryan (6 saves, 8 GA), Connor Peaks (7 saves, 8 GA).
Freedom 10, Spirit 9 (OT)
Goals: Freedom – Sam Llinares 2, Ryan Hunter 2, Jake Froccaro 2, Nick Kilkowski, Matthew Graham, Parker Duty, Nick Bautista. Spirit – Troy Haefele 3, Christian Walter 2, Peyton Klawinski, Joseph Baker, John Edmonds, John Blackman.
Assists: Freedom – Sam Llinares, Ryan Hunter. Spirit – Shane Fee, Ryan Fairman, Brock Ghelfi.
Goalkeeping: Freedom – Jack Kelly (1 save, 5 GA), Thomas Gilligan (5 saves, 4 GA). Spirit – Jack Connelly (5 saves, 5 GA), Matthew Sigmund (5 saves, 5 GA).
Pride 9, Liberty 8
Goals: Pride – Conor Healy 2, A.J. Fish 2, Michael Farmer, Brendan Caputo, Curt Brooks, Jacob Fuller, David Best. Liberty – Jabron Ahmad 3, Cole Riccardi, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jeff Desko, Ed Lubowicki, Alexander Spring.
Assists: Pride: Brendan Caputo, Dillon Walker. Liberty: Connor Bernal, Jeff Desko.
Goalkeeping: Pride – William Ryan (8 saves, 2 GA), Conor
Peaks (7 saves, 6 GA). Liberty – Kris Alleyne (8 saves, 5
GA), Colin Delea (9 saves, 4 GA).