Freedom, Spirit Meet for Champion AAS Title
by Paul Krome and Brian Logue | LaxMagazine.com
Stanford-bound Kyle Fraser had five goals and two assists in a win over Pride on Monday to help Freedom advance to the championship game of the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Some 3,000 miles
across the country, Stanford head coach Amy Bokker must be smiling.
Four future Stanford players have helped Team Freedom bounce back
from an opening day loss to advance to the championship game of the
2011 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event being held
at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the ESPN RISE
Kyle Fraser and Anna Salemo will be freshmen at Stanford next spring and played major roles as Freedom beat previously unbeaten Pride 20-11 to advance to the championship. That also allowed Team Spirit, which beat Team Liberty 21-11, to advance to the final. The championship game will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m., and will be aired live on www.espn3.com.
Freedom, Pride and Spirit all finished 2-1, but Freedom and Spirit advanced to the final due to the goals allowed tie-breaker.
Fraser had five goals and two assists and Salemo had four goals and two assists, gving her 17 goals in three games at the event. Fraser is from Forth Worth Country Day (Texas) and Salemo is from Heritage (Colo.) High School and the two met at Stanford's camp last summer.
"We click," said Salemo, who is also a member of the U.S. U19 training team. "I call her my sister because people get us confused. We play the same style, we're the same height, and we both have bum shoulders."
"It's so much fun," said Fraser. "There's not a lot of pressure to perform in front of coaches, and kind of the stress of 'oh my god, I've got to get recruited'. It's just relax, just play your game. It's really fun, we're in Disney World and you're playing with the best girls in the country.
Two other Team Freedom players - rising high school seniors - Paige Southmayd (four goals against Pride) and Adrienne Anderson - have also verbally committed to Stanford.
Team Pride carried a 2-0 record going into the game against Freedom and jumped out to a 3-1 lead, Freedom broke a 4-4 tie with a string of four goals in just 59 seconds, including two by Lindsay Toppe to take control of the game. Freedom led 12-6 at the half and Katherine Emerson closed the door with nine second half saves for Team Freedom.
Kerri Fleishhacker led Team Pride with four goals and Kerrin Maurer added three goals.
In the other afternoon game on Monday, Team Spirit ran away with a 21-11 win over Team Liberty. Hope Hanley had five goals, including three in the decisive second half, and an assist, while Sloan Warren continued her hot day with four goals and two assists to help Spirit improve to 2-1.
“Our team chemistry has been really great, and that’s come out on the field,” said Warren, a Baldwin (Pa.) School grad and Virginia signee. “We’ve played against some teams that have been more one-on-one challenges, but we’ve had a lot of teamwork that’s showed up in transition.”
Spirit got the transition game going in the second half after Liberty cut a 12-8 intermission lead to 12-10. Warren scored on a pass from Allie Rhinehart, which began an 8-0 run. Two of Hanley’s three goals came courtesy of Adrianne Devine (4g) passes, as Spirit assisted on six of eight markers in the second half and 11 of 21 for the game.
Warren tallied a hat trick in a see-saw first half, scoring once and assisting twice as Spirit opened a 3-0 lead. Four different scorers for Liberty countered before Spirit gradually surged ahead for good. With a couple injured players not playing, Spirit and U.S. U19 team goalie Kelsey Duryea actually played defense in the first half, helping colleague Lucy Ferguson keep U19er Madison Acton in relative check with seven saves. Carli Sukonik (4g), Ellen Shaffrey (2g) and Acton (2g, 1a) led Liberty, which fell to 0-3.
“It’s fun to compete for a championship,” Warren said. “We’re going to play Freedom. We had a good game against them yesterday.”
Warren had two good games today, as she posted five goals and an assist in a 21-18 loss to Team Pride this morning. She’s also gotten the chance to play alongside future Virginia teammate Courtney Swan.
“We’ve been laughing and joking around,” Warren said. “It’s been fun also, not just the lacrosse.”
Kerrin Maurer scored five goals and added two assists and Kerri Fleishhacker added four goals and an assist to help Team Pride in that 21-18 win over Team Spirit. Warren’s seven points (6g, 1a) led Spirit. Pride turned a 12-10 halftime lead into a commanding 18-12 advantage thanks in part to two goals from Fleishhacker. Spirit rallied late behind Warren and Casey Bocklet (3g), but couldn’t get over the hump.
In the other morning game, Freedom beat Liberty 20-12. Salemo led Freedom with an event-high seven goals and Toppe added four goals. Halle Majorana had two goals and three assists for Liberty while Maddie Acton and Carli Sukonik each had three goals.
Freedom 20, Pride 11
Freedom Goals: Kyle Fraser 5, Anna Salemo 4, Paige Southmayd 4,
Paula Schmidt 2, Lindsay Toppe 2, Meg Bartley 1, Holly Cisneros 1,
Chelsea Landon 1.
Freedom Assists: Kyle Fraser 2, Anna Salemo 2, Lindsay Toppe 2, Kelly Devlin 1, Chelsea Landon 1, Christine Thexton 1.
Freedom Goalies: Jessica Frieder (3 saves, 6 GA), Katherine Emerson (9 saves, 5 GA).
Pride Goals: Kerri Fleishhacker 4, Kerrin Maurer 3, Shelly Bohrer 2, Lindsay Scott 1, Rebecca Ryan 1.
Pride Assists: Sarah Biron 1, Kerri Fleishhacker 1, Jenna Kasmarik 1, Molly Hulseman 1, Kerrin Maurer 1, Rebecca Ryan 1.
Pride Goalies: Allison Eisner (5 saves, 12 GA), Allison Murray (3 saves, 8 GA)
Spirit 21, Liberty 11
Spirit Goals: Hope Hanley 5, Adrianne Devine 4, Sloan Warren 4, Kelly Hilmer 3, Kailah Kempney 2, Casey Bocklet, Allie Rhinehart, Courtney Swan
Spirit Assists: Adrianne Devine 2, Kailah Kempney 2, Sloan Warren 2, Megan Armes, Lucy Dikeou, Emily Doyle, Hope Hanley, Allie Rhinehart.
Spirit Goalies: Lucy Ferguson (7 saves, 8 GA), Kelsey Duryea (2 saves, 3 GA)
Liberty Goals: Carli Sukonik 4, Madison Acton 2, Ellen Shaffrey 2, Lexi Brannigan, Jaclyn Biggers, Adriane Ghidotti
Liberty Assists: Madison Acton, Jaclyn Biggers, Julie Morse, Carli Sukonik
Liberty Goalies: Rachel Vallarelli (2 saves, 12 GA) Bridget Bianco (1 save, 9 GA)
Freedom 20, Liberty 12
Freedom Goals: Anna Salemo 7, Lindsay Toppe 4, Kyle Fraser 2,
Paula Schmidt 2, Meg Bartley 1, Madalyn Blakeman 1, Chelsea Landon
1, Chrissy Lushefski 1, Tenley Seidel 1.
Freedom Assists: Kyle Fraser 2, Meg Bartley 1, Chrissy Lushefski 1, Anna Salemo 1, Tenley Seidel 1, Lindsay Toppe 1.
Freedom Goalies: Katherine Emerson (5 saves, 7 GA), Jessica Frieder (5 saves, 5 GA).
Liberty Goals: Maddie Acton 3, Carli Sukonik 3, Halle Majorana 2, Olivia Reeve 2, Jaclyn Biggers 1, Ellen Shaffrey 1.
Liberty Assists: Halle Majorana 3.
Liberty Goalies: Bridget Bianco (2 saves, 8 GA), Rachel Vallarelli (6 saves, 12 GA)
Pride 21, Spirit 18
Pride Goals: Kerrin Maurer 5, Kerri Fleishhacker 4, Molly Hulseman 3, Christine Easton 2, Allison Hahn 2, Megan Douty, Kim Liberty, Lindsay Scott, Jenna Kasmarik, Marcy Levitano
Pride Assists: Kerrin Maurer 2, Kerri Fleishhacker, Megan Douty, Hannah Saris, Marcy Levitano
Pride Goalies: Allison Eisner 25:00, 5 saves, 10 GA; Allison
Murray 25:00, 5 saves, 8 GA
Spirit Goals: Sloan Warren 6, Alexandra Crerend 4, Casey Bocklet 3, Emily Newstrom 2, Kailah Kempney 2, Kelly Hilmer
Spirit Assists: Julie Bergman, Casey Bocklet, Lucy Dikeou, Maggie HerrNeckar, Emily Newstrom, Sloan Warren
Spirit Goalies: Lucy Ferguson (9 saves, 12 GA) Kelsey Duryea (4
saves, 9 GA)
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