On Sunday FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) defeated L.I. Express north to win the U15 boys national championship for the third straight year. What separated FCA from the Express would be their efficiency at the Face-Off X. Jordan Ginder dominated at the X which would give FCA primary ball control for the majority of the game.
“Ginder did a great job and we had the ball a lot,” said FCA coach Bryan Kelly.
FCA pumped in 3 early goals to give them a quick lead thanks to the ball control at the X. The end of the first quarter was 5-1 in FCA’s favor. Express buckled down in the second though and only gave up two goals to make it 7-2 going into the half. Coming out of the half the Express scored 3 to make the score 7-5, but with 1:30 left FCA went on a serious run to seal the deal and scored 5 goals.
Both teams are known for the division one talent that they possess on their rosters, and neither team was ready to roll over during the game. Express showed great reliance and fight, which will always make a coach proud. The final score of the game ended up being 12-6 in FCA’s favor, FCA had a finishing record of 7-0.
Championship Game Summary:
Goals: Kelly 5, Gelinas 2, Kuttin 2, Geis, Reid, Miezan
Assists: Geis 2, Gelinas, Kuttin, Marinello, Reid
Saves: Haggerty 5
Goals: Magnan 3, Nicholas, McGovern, Reda
Assists: Nicholas, Bamford
Saves: West 4, Persico 2
Lacrosse Magazine All-Tournament Team:
Jacob Kelly, Attack, FCA
Jordan Ginder, Midfield/FO, FCA
Ricky Miezan, Midfield, FCA
Jack DeSantis, Defense, FCA
Alex Bamford, Attack, LI Express North
Jonathon Oronzio, Defense, LI Express North
Evan Zinn, Midfield, LI Express North
Matthew Stucchi, Midfield, 3d Select National
Aidan Byrnes, Attack, Long Island Express
Andrew Joseph Bonafede, Goalie, Long Island Express
Team Sportsmanship Award:
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