3d Select Wins Second Straight National Championship
AURORA, Colo. – 3d Select National scored the final 12 goals of the game to defeat Duke’s HHH (Pa.) 13-2, claiming its second consecutive national title at the US Lacrosse U15 National Championships at the Aurora Sports Park.
“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” said 3d coach Lance Savage. “Down 2-1, and coming back with 12 unanswered goals. It was just a great team effort and great to bring these kids from all over the country that have been training with us and putting this 3d system into place. They’ve all played against each other before, but they’ve never had a chance to play together.”
Grayson Sallade gave Duke’s a 2-1 lead at 8:26 mark of the second quarter, but that would be the final goal of the game for Duke’s, which came into the championship game as the No. 1 seed. 3d tied it on a goal by Gaines Bundy with 7:42 left in the half, took the lead on Patrick Brosnan’s goal with 5:58 to play and then Nick Beeson scored with 1:36 left in the half to give 3d a 4-2 halftime lead.
3d struck quickly in the third quarter with two goals in the opening two minutes, but Duke’s had a chance to get back in it when 3d was hit with a two-minute non-release penalty at the 7:12 mark. Cosmo Taylor came up with two saves during the man-up for 3d and Duke’s was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
About a minute after the penalty expired, Duke’s added another goal and then they completely broke it open with three goals in a span of just 51 seconds late in the third. 3d added three more in the fourth to capture the championship for the second straight year. Jack Schultz led 3d with three goals and goalies PJ Offner and Taylor combined to make five saves while allowing just the two goals.
As dominant as 3d was in the championship game, it almost didn’t get there. Third-seeded Colorado used its stifling defense to hang in with 3d and sent its semifinal game into overtime on Trevor Orndorff’s goal with just five seconds remaining in regulation, tied at 6-6.
In the extra session, 3d won the faceoff to start it and then Harry Wellford made a nice spin move and buried a left shot to give 3d the hard-fought overtime win that helped carried it forward.
“I think they built off the emotion of that game,” said 3d coach Kevin O’Brien. “Sometimes it is tough to come back from a game like that, but I think when you’re in the championship game of the U15 national championship, it just kind of comes naturally to get up for it.”
Duke’s reached the championship game for the first time in program history by beating 2011 champion For the Love of the Game 5-3 in the semifinals, and its defense had been solid throughout the tournament. In six games leading up to the final, Duke’s had surrendered just 21 goals. But the momentum got away from the Philadelphians against 3d and the title stayed in 3d’s hands.
“We put the challenge to [our kids] to do something they’re going to be remembered by,” said Savage. “I think everybody left an indelible mark on everybody’s mind about what kind of character and what kind of lacrosse player they are. It was a thing of beauty.”
Duke’s HHH 5, For the Love of the Game 3
3d Select National 7, Colorado 6 (OT)
3d Select National 13, Dukes’ HHH 2
3rd place game
Colorado 7, For the Love of the Game 4
Booth Indians 10, Long Island Jesters 4
Maverick 10, Patriot 4
Booth Indians 10, Maverick 4
Next Level 18, Special Forces 3
Sawtooth 7, Santa Monica Dragons 4
Brady’s Bunch 9, Long Island Express 6
FCA 14, Utah 1
2014 Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
A: Christian Kuhn, For the Love of the Game
A: Zack Rawlings, Colorado
A: Jack Schultz, 3d Select
M: Steven Cuccurullo, FCA
M: Joe Miller, For the Love of the Game
M: Grayson Sallade, Duke’s HHH
D: Brett Funk, Duke’s HHH
D: Joe Soran, Colorado
D: Sammer Ziady, 3d Select
G: PJ Offner, 3d Select
All-Time US Lacrosse Boys U15 National
2009 – FCA
2010 – FCA
2011 – For the Love of the Game
2012 – Long Island Express
2013 – 3d Select National
2014 – 3d Select National
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