Over 4,000 fans piled into Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University to watch 88 of the best high school players battle it out in the 11th annual Under Armour All-American game this Saturday, and boy did they get their money’s worth!
The North Controlled the game at the “X” winning 24 of 42 draws while the south only pulled in 18. The most impressive part was that there were no face-off violations the entire game! This shows serious poise for a group of incoming freshman playing in front of a crowd bigger than most regular season NCAA games.
The South got off to a quick 7-3 start, however, given their difficulties to gain possession. Cole Williams (4G/1A) , the MVP of the game, helped the south take the lead with 3 goals in the first quarter.
“We played well in transition, and I was able to get by my defender when the defense wasn’t set and put a couple in the back of the net.”
– Cole Williams, Loyola Blakefield
Williams was helped by a barrage of southern players including Kyle Anderson (Malvern Prep, Pa./Harvard), Forry Smith (Haverford School, Pa./Johns Hopkins), and midfielder Kevin Quigley (Ridge, N.J./Duke). All 3 players added 3 goals and 1 assist each.
On the other side, Canadian attackman Jeff Teat (Hill Academy, Ont./Cornell) led the North, adding seven points on 2 goals and a game-high 5 assists. The 5 assist are now an Under Armour game record.
Ethan Walker (Culver Academy, Ind./Denver) and Kyle Smith (New Canaan, Conn./Denver) each bagged 3 goals for the north. In total, 12 players posted points for the North.
Both teams combined for over 100 shots, but the South pulled away for the 6th time in a row with a score of 23-16.
The next stop for a lot of these players will be at the World games next week where they’ll get another chance to display their unreal talents.