Team Liberty upended Team Spirit in the championship game of the Champion High School Showcase, a US Lacrosse Event (Girl), 15-14, in a game that featured two ties and three lead changes.
Kathryn Webster from Christian Brothers (Syracuse, N.Y.) led Team Liberty with four goals and one assist. Kelyn Freedman from Radnor (Radnor, Pa.) added two goals and two assists in the win.
Elizabeth Blue from Garrison Forest (Owings Mills, Md.) led Spirit in goals with three while Taylor D’Amore from Canandaigua (Canandaigua, N.Y.) led the team with five points on one goal and four assists.
Spirit led 7-6 with 7:07 left in the first half, but a goal by Nicole Boltja from Medina (Medina, Ohio) tied the game and then Taelar Errington from Leonardtown (Leonardtown, Md.) put Liberty in the lead with 5:34 remaining.
All-ERG Team Day 2
Legend: name, position, hgh school (city, state), us lacrosse team (college choice)
Shannon Burns, Midfield, Springfield (Springfield, Pa.) Team Pride (Delaware)
Burns had an assist and a ground ball in Team Pride’s 15-13 victory. The Delaware commitment showed great awareness and decision-making ability.
Mackenzie Cyr, Attack, Winters Mill (Westminster, Md.), Spirit (Penn State)
“She was such an outstanding shooter,” coach Mary Hopkins said. “She would set up the play so incredibly well.”
Taylor D’Amore, Midfield, (Canandaigua, N.Y.), Spirit (Johns Hopkins)
Was one of the most impressive players at the RISE GAMES. D’Amore impressed coaches with her ability to appear everywhere on the field at once. “She was on fire for the entire event,” Hopkins said.
Kelyn Freedman, Midfield, Radnor (Radnor, Pa.), Liberty (Georgetown)
“She played her heart out today,” coach Dee Cross said of Freedman’s play in the championship game. “She got the ball when we needed it, got the goal when we needed it. She played big when she had to.”
Amanda Graziano, Defense, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.), Spirit (Florida)
She was the player who was placed on the opposing teams best attacker. Graziano was the anchor for Spirit’s defense.
Breonna Hudgins, Midfield, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), Pride (Brown)
Coaches could rely on Hudgins to win the draws when she showed a focus and intensity that impressed coaches.
Megan McGinnis, Goalie, Colorado Academy (Denver, Colo.), Freedom (California)
One coach said McGinnis was “awesome” in goal. The California commit showed great poise and communicated well with her teammates. Calm under pressure was a phrase used several times to describe McGinnis.
Kara Mupo, Attack, Rocky Point (Rocky Point, N.Y.), Freedom (Northwestern)
Mupo had eight goals over the course of two days, scoring four goals on Monday. Displayed great recognition about when to speed up or slow down the play.
Lauren Purvis, Midfield, Hatboro-Horsham (Horsham, Pa.), Pride (Penn State)
Purvis moved the ball well to get her teammates involved. The Penn State commitment made good choices and had several fast break opportunities.
Melanie Raso, Midfield, Farmingdale (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Freedom (Fairfield)
Raso had six assists for the tournament and was a key member of Freedom’s offense.
Taylor Virden, Defense, Team Pride (Duke)
Virden had two interceptions in the second half of Pride’s Bronze medal victory. Coaches said Virden was one of the main reasons for their victory.
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