By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/18/19
FREDERICA, Del. – Danny Stone said the only way to deal with playing all day in 90-plus temperatures was to face it head on.
“I think before this game – we were all hot and all tired – we said, ‘Let’s go pull this one out and go with high energy,'” said Stone, a goalie on the Maryland boys’ squad that was facing Colorado for the Maverik National Lacrosse Classic championship today on the burning hot rug at the Delaware Turf Sports Complex. “High energy always starts with high talk and our defense played with high energy so we wanted to be loud!”
Indeed, Maryland’s defense backed it up.
With Stone posting 8 saves in the second half and Riley Evans making four in the first half, Maryland stifled Colorado, 3-1 for the title. The win puts Maryland in the Brogden Cup, held annually in late December as part of an International festival at Jacksonville with an All-Star team from Canada and typically U-17 girls All-Stars and U-15 boys All-Stars from the NLC also competing against the Canadians.
“I have been playing (in the NLC) since 8th grade and this is the my favorite team ever,” said Stone, who attends Flint Hill (VA) but was placed on the Maryland team because his tryouts were cancelled twice due to inclement weather. “I lucked out getting on this team.”
The game’s scoring was limited as both squads – each of who came in undefeated as Pool Play champs – flexed their defensive muscle. Maryland’s Tyler Watson scored the lone first-half goal as Evans pitched a shutout. Colorado tied it early in the second half, and the defenses held until Anthony “EZ” Truxon (2021 ATT, Mt. St. Joseph) put Maryland ahead off a Max Esposito (2021 ATT, Northwest) feed with 6 minutes to play.
Nate Rollins (2020 MF, Archbishop Curley) clinched it with 2 minutes to play.
“It feels really good,” said Rollins. “On defense we talked a lot. We built our chemistry; both on the field and off the field.”
“It was awesome,” added Stone. “We were able to put in two goals late in the game and really come together as a team and pull this out.”
Added Truxon: “We moved the ball and played as a team. It seemed like our defense only let up one or two a game and both goalies were strong. It will be really good to go down to Florida.”
Maryland’s squad finished 7-0 overall, allowing just 14 goals.
Earning selection to Wednesday’s All-Star team were Rollins, Stone, and Truxon (alternate) as well as Zachary Dudley (2020 FO, Boys’ Latin), Braeden Bushyager (2020 LSM, Havre de Grace), Mackenzie Moreland (2021 ATT, Boys’ Latin, unable to play in the playoffs), Brian King (2021 DEF, Calvert Hall), Sam Szweda (2021 MF/ATT, Calvert Hall), and Gunner Settar (2021 DEF, Archbishop Curley, alternate), and Jay Rualo Jr. (2020 MF, Calvert Hall).