Elite Final: San Diego Laxdawgs vs. 101 Starz
(From InsideLacrosse.com article)
In the late-day finals the Elite match-up was one of the most highly-anticipated games of the day. The Laxdawgs are playing as the two seed today after losing to a talented SD Shredderz team last week in Regional Starz Cup finals. The “Redeem Team” has its sights set at the top of the podium as the “Creehan” coaching tandem (Dan Meehan/John Chrismer) is ready to get them there. The 101 Starz coached by Geoff Seobold, have excelled in the Starz Cup playoffs, having moved into the finals over the #1 seeded SD Shredderz in the previous semi-final bout. 101 storms out of the gate, winning the opening draw but turns the ball right over the Laxdawgs. The Laxdawgs follow suit, and immediately turn the ball over on a botched clear as 101 attackmen Grant Consoletti (Oak Park 12’) wastes no time in scoring first. 101 again regains possession off the draw, as attackmen Camron Chupp (Grace Brethren 11’) strikes again on an unassisted topside effort making the score 2- nil in the way of 101. Hungry for a goal, Laxdawgs close defender Billy Schmitt ( Coronado 11’) makes a great play on defense stripping his man, and bringing the ball up through transition. The Laxdawgs are in the hunt for the icebreaker goal as Kyle Runyon (Coronado 11’) makes a great move from X, driving the left side and taking a jump shot over his defender that sails wide. The Laxdawgs retain possession working the ball up to midfielder Warren Brody (Francis Parker 11’) who shakes his defender cleanly on a left-to-right split from X but is promptly stuffed on a doorstep attempt. Again on defense, the Laxdawgs are called for a 30 second holding penalty, as 101 works the ball around in the first extra-man opportunity of the day. Luke Hegeman (Westlake 12’) absolutely tattoos the top shelf with a lefty-laser from outside putting 101 up 3-0. Needing a spark, Laxdawgs’ midfielder Warren Brody again splits from X, feeding the crease for the first Laxdawg goal of the day. After some sloppy play on the ensuing possessions, Laxdawgs regain possession and midfielder Chris Banks (Coronado 11’) creates a spectacular dodge from the left wing, face-dodging through two 101 defenders to score low bringing the Laxdawgs within 1 goal. The Laxdawgs win the draw thanks to some fine FOGOing by Patrick Butler (La Jolla Country Day 11’) as Zack Rice (Patrick Henry 11’) capitalizes off a great look from Sergio Flores (Coronado 11’). It’s 3-3 at the half, as I make my way to the adjacent field to catch the second half of the middle school finals.
Final Score: Laxdawgs 8, 101 Starz 4