By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/21/17, Updated 7/23/17
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Rochester bolted to a 7-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 9-2 victory today over Florida to win the boys’ High School championship at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic at the River City Sportsplex.
Rochester went undefeated in the tourney and used stellar goaltending by Patrick Cuddihy (7 saves) and Matthew Holowka (3 saves) as well as dominant work at the face-off X by Michael Northrup in the title game.
By virtue of winning the boys’ HS crown, Rochester advances to the Brogden Cup in late December at Jacksonville University where it will play in an International tourney against Canada as well as a Florida All-Star team.
“Obviously we had a lot of adrenaline after a long, hot day and we knew we had to win faceoffs,” said Northrup, a 2019 from Webster Schroeder. “Our offense has been putting the ball in the net all week long. Our defense was rock solid and we have two of the best goaltenders in the country – our team is just outstanding.
“We’re very excited to go to Florida as Team USA for the Brogden Cup.”
“I think we all moved the ball well on offense and got a lot of good shots and good takes,” said 2018 defenseman Ryan Martin (Brighton), who was an All-Star selection. “The defense slid well and helped out with each other.”
Why was the title game so lopsided?
“I think we just came out and worked hard and it paid off for us,” Martin said. “It’s very exciting (to advance to the Brogden Cup) I love playing with these guys. It will be fun.”
Seth Grottenthaler, a 2020 midfielder from Corning Painted Post, said he has never been on a plane before but will get over his fears to trek to Florida in December.
“I thought first of all we played good team defense,” he said. “Everyone communicated well and the goaltending was amazing. We cleared well and got the ball up and out every time. The offense slowed it down and got good chances and got good shots.”
“I think we meshed together well and worked together as a team; and we always hit that one more pass and got the best shot,” added 2020 defenseman Seth Hogue (Corning Painted Post). “We had great mesh down there on defense and the goalie was always talking. We were talking and we got out on the clears, making sure we had the ‘One,’ the ‘Two,’, the slide. We played good defense all around.”
Baker Eddie A 13 2019 Binghamton New York
Barilla Phillip M/a 20 2018 Rochester New York
Blumbergs Austin M 16 2018 Keuka Park New York
Callahan Austin Lsm 23 2020 Painted Post New York
Collins Cian M 11 2018 Painted Post New York
Cuddihy Patrick G 19 2018 Hamburg New York
Grottenthaler Seth M 1 2020 Corning New York
Hogue Seth D 15 2020 Painted Post New York
Holowka Matthew G 8 2018 Orchard Park New York
Hope Brady Fogo 3 2019 Binghamton New York
Kelly Casey M 18 2019 Niagara Falls New York
Kremer Cameron M 9 2019 Rochester New York
Latorre Samuel Lsm 24 2019 East Amherst New York
Martin Ryan D 17 2018 Rochester New York
Merta Wyatt A 10 2018 Binghamton New York
Mitchell Evan D 22 2020 Webster New York
Mozrall John M/a 4 2018 Pittsford New York
Mulderig Evan A 2 2019 Getzville New York
Northrup Michael Fogo 7 2019 Webster New York
Reimer Alexander A 12 2019 Lancaster New York
Reott William Lsm/d 21 2018 Freeland Maryland
Thomolaris Sammy M 14 2019 Pittsford New York