TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/14/15
Michael Wilson (Lakeland) scored two goals and the NJ Riot used standout goaltending and face-off work by Ryan Kaye (Madison) to defeat Team Carolina, 8-3, for the 2017 Liberty Bell Challenge championship Sunday at Germantown Academy.
The Riot, with only one committed player on the roster, allowed just 19 goals in five games (four wins) and received clutch goaltending from J.P. Heppes (Bernards) and Frankie Dillon (Pingry School).
Meanwhile, the NJ Riot defense of Charlie Messinio (Ridgewood, Colgate commit), Nick Krawchuk (Newton), Nick Tarzanian (Morristown), Doug Anderson ( LSM, Gov. Livingston), and Sloan Ruhl (LSM, Ridgewood) was also brilliant all tourney.
Kaye won over 70 percent of his face-offs and two-way middie Ed May (Pope John) was a key on both sides of the field. Wilson and Jake Kontra (Oratory Prep) led the attack all tourney.
“Our face-off play was a big factor,” said NJ Riot coach Bryan Armstrong. “He was dominant. Our goalie play was also great; they split halves and are just interchangeable.
“And our the defense was really strong – when get give up less than 20 goals five games you are playing strong defense. The kids did a great job . We really thrive on hustle plays; our riding was exceptional – that’s the trademark of what we do.”