The hold that central/upstate New York has on lacrosse tightened a little more at the adidas National Lacrosse Classic on Wednesday and Thursday at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown, Md., about 30 minutes north of Washington, DC.
Rochester, coached by brothers Craig and Andrew Whipple, won the championship for the second consecutive year following a 5-2 victory over Washington DC in the championship on Thursday afternoon.
Rochester won its seven games by a combined 53 goals.
Rochester midfielder Randy Staats, a rising junior from Canada, finished with two goals and two assists in the championship game.
The 20-team tournament featured players from 28 states.
Those states were Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
It also drew more than 40 coaches from Divisions I, II and III and MCLA.
The tournament was comprised primarily of rising seniors and juniors.
Rochester advanced to the semifinals with scores that included 20-1, 14-0, 12-2 and 12-1.
That trend continued in the semifinals. Rochester took the game’s first eight shots and easily defeated Boston, 16-2.
Unofficially, attackman Brendan Saylor (Fairport) scored four goals and attackman Ty Thompson (Salmon River Central) added three.
Attackman Sean Shakespeare (Noble & Greenough) scored both goals for Boston.
Meantime, Washington advanced with a strong defense — it gave up 21 goals to reach the championship.
The defense featured Ned Bowden (Collegiate), Ryan Gillooly (St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes), Teddy Manders (Gonzaga), Connor McCeney (Westfield), Richard Pastorino (St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes) and Kiel Wiegmann (Landon), plus LSMs Grant Lowenfeld (Georgetown Prep) and Charles Schreck (St. Anne’s-Belfield) and goalies Austin Geisler (St. Anne’s-Belfield) and Will Joyce (Landon).
Washington advanced to the championship with a 7-3 victory over Baltimore-Prep, a team of MIAA players, in the semfinals. Unofficially, attackman Patrick Keena (Landon) had two goals and one assist and attackman James Shuler (Flint Hill) added three assists.
The championship was tied at 1 after Torin Varn (Ithaca) and Harrison Archer (Landon) traded goals.
But Staats figured in the final four goals for Rochester. He had two assists to end the first half and two goals in the second. Keena scored Washington DC’s second and final goal, on an assist from David Solomon (St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes).
As befitting a team that has won the past two championships, Rochester was clearly well-coached. Almost all of its clears were on the side opposite of the substitution box; they then got the ball quickly to the attack and to ‘x’.
At least one DI coach remarked on how unselfish the team was — making the extra pass and, in some cases, the extra two passes.