FCA Wins Second Straight USL Championship
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Trevor Hodgins had three goals to help FCA win its second consecutive US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) spent much of the 2010 US Lacrosse Boys' U-15 National Championship living on the edge. In the championship game against the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), For the Love of the Game (FLG) finally stepped over the edge.
FLG scored two goals in the final 13 seconds of a 9-8 quarterfinal win over Greene Turtle (Md.) on Wednesday and then scored with just two seconds remaining to win a wild 9-8 decision over top-seeded Nor Cal in the semifinals on Thursday morning.
There would be no such drama against FCA, which completely dominated play in a rematch of last year's US Lacrosse title game, also won by FCA. FCA scored the first 14 goals of the game and cruised to a 17-4 victory at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
It was a far cry from FCA's previous two wins – an 11-10 win over Denver Elite in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, and a grind-it-out 11-7 win over NESLL Black (Mass.) in the semifinals on Thursday morning.
"I think you go through ups and downs at tournaments," said FCA coach Greg Scott. "They (his players) peaked at the right time. We kept taking little baby steps. They went out there and they were not going to be denied. This was our full game."
Riley Peters led FCA's attack with four goals and they got help from Trevor Hudgins and Ryan Lukocovic with three goals each. In its semifinal win over NESLL, Jake Stevens scored four goals and Danny Fowler made 12 saves.
Byrnes led For Love of the Game against FCA with two goals. Earlier in the day, For the Love tied its semifinal game with Nor Cal with just 32 seconds left on a goal by John Crawley and then won it on Tim McDonagh's goal with just two seconds left to spoil a 15-save performance from Nor Cal's Will Ernst.
In the bronze medal game, NESLL beat Nor Cal 9-5 behind three goals from Michael Herring and two goals from Ryder Garnsey. Joe Lang had a pair of tallies for Nor Cal.
In the championship game of the consolation bracket, the Florida Swashbucklers beat Dolphin Elite 11-4 in a battle of Florida teams. Harris Stolzenberg had seven goals in the victory for the Swashbucklers while Robert Foster had all four goals for Dolphin Elite.
Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
Attack: Trevor Hodgins, FCA
Attack: Pete Aplet, Denver Elite
Attack: Ryan Lukacovic, FCA
Attack: Michael Herring, NESLL Black
Midfield: Tim McDonagh, For the Love of the Game
Midfield: Ryder Garnsey, NESLL Black
Midfield: Joe Lang, Nor Cal
Midfield: Peyton Klawinski, No-Excuse
Defense: Chandler Kirby, For the Love of the Game
Defense: Ian Nuzum, Nor Cal
Defense: David Hamilton, Denver Elite
Defense: Philip Boukas, FCA
Goalie: Will Ernst, Nor Cal
Championship Semifinals – Thursday, July
No. 4 For the Love of the Game (N.Y.) d. No. 1 Nor Cal, 9-8
No. 3 FCA (Md.) d. No. 7 NESLL Black (Mass.), 11-7
Championship Game – Thursday, July 22
No. 3 FCA d. No. 4 For the Love of the Game (N.Y.), 17-4
Consolation Semifinals – Thursday, July
No. 17 Dolphin Elite (Fla.) d. No. 20 Grey Ghosts (Mass.), 7-6
No. 19 Florida Swashbucklers d. No. 18 Coast 2 Coast (Texas), 14-11
No. 19 Florida Swashbucklers d. No. 17 Dolphin Elite (Fla.), 11-4
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