By Chris Goldberg
ToplaxRecruits.com, Posted 1/7/14
It was the last time that this group of California players would play together – and they made it a successful finale.
ADVNC Elite repeated as the Elite Division champion Sunday by defeating FCA, 9-6, at the Adrenaline Challenge at Del Mar, CA.
The win avenged ADVNC’s only loss of the tourney, an 8-4 decision to FCA in Day 2 of a three-day tourney that featured 120 teams in all age classes.
“It felt really nice (to win), and beating FCA was like a revenge win,” said ADVNC goalie Sam Tomei (uncommitted 2014, Las Lomas, CA), who was one of the tourney’s standouts. “They beat us pretty handily the first time but we picked up their offense.
“We won the tournament last year, but the competition wasn’t as tough as it was this time.”
FCA, which was undefeated entering the finals, took a 2-0 lead and later led, 6-5 early ion the second half before Tomei and ADVNC took control of the game.
“When they got the early lead, of course everyone was thinking, ‘Not this again!'” said Tomei. “But then one of our long poles took it down field and scored. We started to get more comfortable in the game, and we tied it up. Then it went back and fourth through the first half.
“They scored a quick goal right off the first faceoff (of the second half), but from there on out we handled them and took took care of business.”
Tomei was a major reason for the ADVNC title. He split duties in goal the first two days, but played every minute of the three playoff games due to an injury to the other goalie.
“I thought I played really well,” he said. “I was seeing the ball a lot better (Sunday) than the two previous days. It wa s alot of fun for our California team. It most likely was the last time we’ll all get to play together.”
One of the offensive stars for ADVNC was 2014 attackamn Austin Colin, an Army commit from Marin Cathoic (CA).
“We just played harder the second time around (vs. FCA),” he said. “In the first game they came out and put up a few goals early. We may not have been expecting that and we were a little shell-shocked. It affected the way we played.
“But we put it behind us and played our game throughout the rest of the tournament. In the championship game we just wanted to go out and play as hard as we could possible play. It really worked out.”
Colvin said ADVNC had a mix of players from all around the Bay Area and beyond.
“For me it was the most fun I have had at a tournament,” he said. “There were a lot of great teams from the West and the East and the weather was great. To beat some of these teams was a greta feeling.
“We had guys on the team from Sacramento, to the East Bay, Marin Country, the South Bay and San Francisco. It was so much fun to play with all these guys from different locations. They are all great players and really good guys. Most of the team has been playing together and known each other since 6th grade.
“It was especially fun to go out with a win.”