Semifinalists Set at US Lacrosse Boys U15 National Championship
Forry Smith had three-goals, including the game-tying and go-ahead goals, as FCA rallied past the Long Island Express Turtles at the US Lacrosse Boys' U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The semifinalists in the 2013 US Lacrosse Boys’ U15 National Championship, powered by Lacrosse Unlimited, are a mix of old and new. The defending champions, the Long Island Express Barracudas, are in, along with two-time champion Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2009, 2010). But new to the final four are Dukes HHH and 3d Select National. Dukes had never made it past the round of 16 before, while 3d Select is participating for just the second time.
FCA and 3d Select National both feature players from multiple states, while Dukes (Philadelphia) and Long Island Express Barracudas are regionally-based.
FCA will meet the Barracudas in one semifinal while 3d Select meets Dukes HHH in the other. Both semifinals begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with the championship game slated for noon.
FCA had to overcome a determined Long Island Express Turtles team in the closest of the four quarterfinals, an 8-6 victory. FCA led 5-1 early in the game, but the Turtles rallied, eventually taking a 6-5 lead on Connor DeSimone’s transition goal early in the third quarter.
From there, Forry Smith took over the game for FCA. Smith scored inside just as a Turtles’ penalty expired to tie the game 6-6 late in the third quarter and then with just four seconds left in the quarter, he ripped one in the top right corner despite having a tough angle from the left side to give FCA a 7-6 lead after three. The FCA defense locked things down for the final 19 minutes of the game and Cal Costa added an insurance goal in the fourth quarter for the 8-6 final.
It was a clutch performance from Smith, who made waves late last year when he committed to Johns Hopkins before he had ever played a high school game for the Haverford (Pa.) School. Smith says he doesn’t feel pressure to match up to his notoriety when he steps on the field.
“I just take it as an opportunity every time I step on the field to prove myself,” said Smith, who had a team-best three goals in the quarterfinals and a one-goal, two-assist performance in a round of 16 victory over Florida Carolina earlier on Saturday. “I want to take every opportunity I can to get better.”
Preston Faecher and Christian Ford each had two goals for FCA in the quarterfinal victory and Cal Costa had three assists to go along with his key fourth-quarter goal. Ian Laviano led the Turtles’ offense with two goals and an assist and DeSimone also had two goals.
FCA’s opponent, the Long Island Express Barracudas, had an interesting quarterfinal, playing against another Express program, the Piranhas. The Barracudas led 7-1 at the half, but the Piranhas made a game of it, outscoring the Barracudas 3-0 in the third quarter to cut it to 7-4. The Barracudas clamped down in the fourth quarter and earned an 8-4 win.
Matt Gavin led the Barracudas with two goals and an assist and Ryan Rogers also scored twice. Devin Burdo made five second-half saves for the Piranhas while allowing just three goals, following up his game-saving save in the final seconds in the Piranhas’ 7-6 win over NESLL in the round of 16.
In the day’s last quarterfinal, Matt Moore twice fed Bret Baskin during a game-changing 6-0 run spanning halftime as third-seeded Dukes HHH defeated the sixth-seeded Long Island Jesters, 17-7. The outburst turned a 6-4, competitive game into a 12-4 advantage for Dukes, which clinched the program’s first appearance in the semifinals.
Baskin put home an extra-man goal 1.3 seconds before halftime, then finished the run with a nifty over-the-shoulder goal at 4:34 of the third after Moore found him cutting across the middle. Moore finished with a goal and six assists. Mike Drake scored four goals for Dukes. Midfielder Anthony Giuliani helped Dukes with a sizeable advantage on faceoffs.
“This means a lot to me,” said defenseman Jordan Young, who helped Dukes hold the Jesters scoreless for three stretches of at least nine minutes. “This is nervewracking, but it’s fun. I’m a rising freshman, and this is a big thing for me. We just need to keep working.”
The Dukes’ semifinal opponent, 3d Select, shut out For the Love of the Game for the first 14-plus minutes of its quarterfinal matchup, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on its way to a 10-6 victory. FLG made a run in the third quarter to cut it to 7-4, but could get no closer.
Cole Boland led 3d Select with three goals while Alec Barnes and Sean O’Keefe each added two goals. Kevin Pastier led FLG with two goals.
Scores from Saturday, July 27, 2013
July 27 - First Round - 8 a.m.
Field 18: #16 Brady's Bunch d. #17 Utah, 7-4
Field 19: #9 NESLL d. #24 Florida Navy, 10-3
Field 25: #18 Maverick Select d. #15 C2C Black, 7-5
Field 26: #10 Colorado d. #23 Triad Elite, 8-7 (2ot)
July 27 - First Round - 9:30 a.m.
Field 18: #13 Colorado 14ers d. #20 Green Machine, 5-3
Field 19: #21 Florida Carolina d. #12 Storm, 10-7
Field 25: #14 Next Level d. #19 Florida Swashbucklers, 7-5
Field 26: #11 New Jersey North East d. #22 Winston-Salem, 8-2
July 27 - Second Round - 11 a.m.
Field 18: #1 LI Express Barracudas d. #16 Brady's Bunch, 12-5
Field 19: #8 LI Express Piranhas d. #9 NESLL, 7-6
Field 25: #2 3d Select d. #18 Maverick Select, 12-4
Field 26: #7 For the Love of the Game d. #10 Colorado, 15-1
July 27 - Consolation Games - 11 a.m.
Field 27: #17 Utah d. #15 C2C Black, 7-5
Field 28: #23 Triad Elite d. #24 Florida Navy, 9-5
July 27 - Second Round - 12:30 p.m.
Field 18: #4 LI Express Turtles d. #13 Colorado 14ers, 16-5
Field 19: #5 FCA d. #21 Florida Carolina, 13-1
Field 25: #3 Dukes HHH d. #14 Next Level, 11-5
Field 26: #6 Long Island Jesters d. #11 New Jersey North East, 8-6
July 27 - Consolation Games - 12:30 p.m.
Field 27: #19 Florida Swashbucklers d. #20 Green Machine, 9-4
Field 28: #12 Storm d. #22 Winston-Salem, 14-1
July 27 - Quarterfinals - 2 p.m.
Field 18: #1 LI Express Barracudas d. #8 LI Express Piranhas, 8-4
Field 19: #2 3d Select d. #7 FLG, 10-6
July 27 - Quarterfinals - 3:30 p.m.
Field 18: #5 FCA d. #4 LI Express Turtles, 8-6
Field 19: #3 Dukes HHH d. #6 LI Jesters, 17-7
Schedule for Sunday, July 28, 2013
July 28 - Semifinals - 8 a.m.
Field 18: #1 Long Island Express vs. #5 FCA
Field 19: #2 3d Select vs. #3 Dukes HHH
July 28 - Consolation Games - 8 a.m.
Field 27: #16 Brady's Bunch vs. #18 Maverick Select
Field 28: #9 NESLL vs. #10 Colorado
Field 25: #15 C2C Black vs. #20 Green Machine
Field 26: #24 Florida Navy vs. #22 Winston-Salem
July 28 - Consolation Games - 9:30 a.m.
Field 18: #17 Utah vs. #19 Florida Swashbuckler
Field 19: #23 Triad Elite vs. #12 Storm
Field 25: #13 Colorado 14ers vs. #14 Next Level
Field 26: #11 New Jersey North East vs. #21 Florida Carolina
Field 27: #8 Long Island Piranhas vs. #7 FLG
Field 28: #4 LI Express Turtles vs. #6 Long Island Jesters
July 28 - Third-Place Game - 11 a.m.
July 28 - Championship Game - Noon