TopLaxRecruits.com, Re-Posted 1/20/15
The First Annual AILA Heritage Cup took place at BucksMont Indoor Sports Center over the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. The indoor tournament featured 20 registered teams and some very good and spirited competition, organized into 4 brackets according to “indoor” terminology – Pee Wee (Grades 5/6), Bantam (Grades 7/8), Midget Minor (high school JV) and Midget Major (high school varsity) .
The event also featured multiple clinic sessions led by Johnny Mouradian, Director of the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse Program, and other members of the AILA staff. The clinics focused on indoor “Canadian-style” techniques to help players become more effective in the outdoor game, consistent with the accelerating convergence of box and field lacrosse concepts and the latest teaching methods.
The Champions of each the brackets were as follows, team pictures are posted at http://ailacup.heritagelacrosse.com/photo-gallery/.
• Pee Wee Major Bracket (5th/6th grades) – Rising Sons (PA)
• Bantam Major Bracket (7th/8th grades) – Team 91 (NY)
• Midget Minor Bracket (High School JV) – Building Blocks Lacrosse / BBL (NJ)
• Midget Major Bracket (high School) – The Haverford School (PA)
The championship games in the Bantam and Midget Major brackets were particularly competitive, with Team 91 and Rising Sons trading leads throughout the game in a very exciting and well played 11-9 Bantam-level game. The Rising Sons trailed much of the game but tied the score at 9 with just over a minute remaining and appeared to have the momentum until a penalty forced the Sons to play short-handed in the waning moments against the talented team from Long Island.
At the Midget Major level, Haverford School edged a strong Seneca (NJ) squad in overtime, 11-10. That tense and evenly played game was decided by a Braveheart goal in the end!
The event directors wished to congratulate each bracket winner and to thank all teams, coaches, players and parents who participated, particularly those who braved the force majeure conditions on Sunday to play a delayed and modified schedule.
Team 91 Bantam champions: Joey Spallina, Aiden Danenza, Andrew Macadory, Jack Schirtzer, Chris Caputo, Trevor Marsala, Liam Fairback, Alex Moynihan, James Prendergast, Joe Spallina, Jason Tingue, Phil Polo
The Rising SONS team went 4-0 on the day, defeating BBL Elite, Leading Edge, and the Jr. Wings to advance to the Championship game as the No. 1 seed. The Championship featured a re-match with BBL ELite.
The SONS got off to a quick start and never looked back. The tournament was the first box tournament for the SONS, who adapted well to the pace and style of the game.
Risings SONS players were: Justin Turley, Justin Wescoat, Jake Brownley, Nash Womack, Aiden Kelly, Joe Allen, Mason Kline, Rylee Howard, Will Peden, Eric Spanos, Andy Borkowski, Turtle Gucwa, and Max Neeson.