Samantha Geiersbach had six goals and an assist and third-year tournament participant Samantha Apuzzo added four goals and an assist to lift the seventh-seeded Top Guns to their first national championship with a 14-12 win over fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.) in an all-Long Island final. The Top Guns completed an 8-0 run through the tournament that included one-goal wins over NEM&D (Md.) in the round of 16 and defending national champion Sky Walkers 2016 (Md.) in the quarterfinals.
“I’m just really happy for the girls. They worked so hard for it,” said Top Guns coach Shannon Smith, whose squad lost in the semifinals in 2011 and 2012. “We came here with a goal and we achieved it.”
To do it, the Top Guns needed to get the Jackets out of their pressuring, “backer” defense which has Cara Trombetta trailing one-on-one matchups on the perimeter to help or double when needed. The Jackets used that to shut out fifth-seeded Long Island Liberty (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals and stifle top-seeded STEPS 2016 (N.J.), 12-4, in the semis.
Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team
Samantha Geiersbach, A, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Allyson Mayle, A BearLax 2016 Blue (Calif.)
Sara Szynal, A, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)
Samantha Apuzzo, A/M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Kaitlyn Cerasi, M, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Katie Hoeg, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Kerrigan Miller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Taryn Ohlmiller, M, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Olivia Conti, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Manuela Cortes, D, Long Island Top Guns (N.Y.)
Cara Trombetta, D, Yellow Jackets Blue (N.Y.)
Julie Krupnick, G, STEPS 2016 (N.J.)