By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/11/14
BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. – Jeffery Teat had four goals and an assist and scored the game-winner with 1:09 to play, lifting The Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada) to a thrilling 12-11 victory today over host St. Paul’s School.
The game featured two teams ranked among the top seven squads in the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits North America Boys’ Rankings. The Hill (3-0) is No. 3 and the Crusaders (1-1) are No. 7.
“That’s huge; the boys are fired up,” said Hill Academy’s Jake Fox, a junior committed to Johns Hopkins who had a key goal late in the game. “Last year, unfortunately, we lost to them. A bunch of the guys are leaving so this was a huge game.
“We wanted revenge so we came out firing and pulled it off at the end.”
Hill Academy led from the start and had a 9-5 advantage heading into the final period when the Crusaders came alive. It was 10-8, but St. Paul’s tied it on goals by 2015 Princeton commit Carter Flaig (five goals, two assists) and Notre Dame signee Mikey Wynne (two goals). That goal by Flaig came via a behind-the-back shot into the upper corner that wowed everyone.
Hill went back head with 2:19 to play, but Flaig tied it again with 1:49 left before Teat (2016 Cornell commit) won it on a wraparound.
“They are very talented and we went toe to toe like a heavyweight fight,” said St. Paul’s coach Rick Brocato. “I am proud of the kids.
“They were down 6-3 and 9-5 and battled back in the fourth to tie it twice. It was a great early season matchup.
“Carter Flaig played out of his mind. That shot was one I have never seen in high school. It was out of the Thompson kids’ repertoire, behind the back upper corner to tie at 10.
Eight others scored for The Hill.
The Hill is on it Spring Break. But this week’s games are hardly a break. Hill plays Wednesday at No. 15 Gonzaga (D.C.), Thursday at another MIAA power, Calvert Hall, and Saturday at No. 18 Landon School (MD).
“Our guys just want to play at the highest level of lacrosse before we go to college,” Fox said. “We have got a great team and we want to compete. The schedule is tough but we want to be the best high school teams in lacrosse and that’s what is going to get us there.
“Our offense came out firing today. When we get it going, no one can stop us.”
Merrill said the players enjoy the road trips to play elite teams.
“This is some of the best competition in the country and we are lucky to get down here for spring break,” said Merrill. “We are thankful for all the teams hosting us.”
Alex McGovern (2015, North Carolina commit) added two goals for St. Paul’s while Penn State signee Hunter Pearl (eight saves in first half) and AJ Barretto (2015, Army, seven saves ) were solid in goal.
“It was a physical game,” said Brocato. “Like I said, it was like two heavyweight teams going toe to toe.”
(See 4th period for Carter Flaig’s amazing behind-the-back game-tying goal to make it 10-10)
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