By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/26/22
NORTH EAST, Md. – Ryan Carver said his Gonzo LC (MD) squad learned a valuable lesson when it fell to Next Level Red (MD), 7-4, in its final tournament game this morning at the Victory Events Summer Cup at Calvert Regional Park.
“Early this morning I think we were a little tired and we weren’t moving off ball,” said Carver (New Oxford HS, PA). “But this game we really started cutting and feeding. It’s a great way to end the summer.”
Indeed it was the perfect finish for Gonzo as Carver erupted for five goals to spark a 7-4 decision over the same Next Level Red for the Red Division crown.
“We really took our opportunities,” Carver said of the playoffs. “and started dodging hard and got off ball cutters, feeding and hitting out shots.”
Carver scored all three Gonzo goals in the first half when his took took a 3-2 lead. After Next Level tied it early in the second half, Jackson Hedrick and Austin Hardesty each scored to make it 5-3 and then Carver tallied his fourth on a nice feed from Hedrick for a 6-3 cushion.
Next Level drew within, 6-4, before Carver closed out the scoring to ice it.
Gonzo also toppled Pittsburgh 79ers Lacrosse 2024, 8-3, in the semis. Both the Pittsburgh 79ers and Next Level went undefeated in tourney play.
Also playing key roles for Gonzo were faceoff specialist Max Johnson (Westminster HS, MD) and goalie Andrew Ruffhead (Franklin HS-MD, 7 saves).
This tourney was the final summer event for Gonzo.
“I think after playing that first game (loss to Next Level) and figuring out what we did wrong and what we can do better, we definitely bounced back,” said Johnson. “Most of the guys come from a different high school, so learning a new offense and a new defense can be kind of tricky.
“I almost wish we had one more tournament to win another.”
Blak Widow rolls to Blue Division crown
Miles Brant admits his Blak Widow (PA) 2024 squad was highly motivated this weekend after struggling last week in the Victory Events Boys’ Summer Slam.
“We made it to the finals in our first tournament and (last week) we kind of fell apart and I definitely think that helped us,” said the defenseman from Exeter High (PA). “I think we had something to prove this tournament; we were ready for the challenge.”
The results proved Brant correct. Blak Widow routed Alpha Gold (WI), 10-0, today to claim the 2024 Blue Division title at the Victory Events Summer Cup at Calvert Regional Park.
Blak Widow, which won its six games by a combined 56-12, dominated all aspects of the title game, getting goals from eight different players. Jude Enriquez (Gov. Mifflin) and Cohen Renninger (Wilson) each scored twice while Chase Maggs (Wyomissing), Lucas Geissler (Wilson), Collin Woods (Wilson), Christian Gensbigler (Cumberland Valley), Danny Murphy (Twin Valley) and Ean Winchester (Twin Valley) each scored once. Sam Rainford (Emmaus, 4 saves) earned the shutout while Becker and Winchester capably shared the job at the faceoff X.
“The whole weekend we seemed to work as a team firing from the start and never backed down,” said Brant.
Blak Widow routed Alpha Navy, 10-2, in the semis. The closest foe for Blak Widow was in a 7-2 win over LRV in the final tournament game.
Midfielder Kaden Martin (Cocalico HS) said the team has begun to peak for the summer season.
“After the last tournament, we were locked in at practice and we focused on what we needed to fix,” he said. “And we just dominated.
“A lot of us have played together for years and all the chemistry is finally bonding together and we’re doing what we know we can do.”