Front Row L to R: Sam Bonafede (Princeton), Riley Peters (Fairfield), Hunter Edington (Manhattan), Ryan Harnisch (Denver), Joel Tinney (Johns Hopkins), Colin Riehl (Marquette), Joe Kenna (UNC), Jack Moran (Furman), Carney Mahon (Harvard), Sean O’Brien (Bucknell)
Back Row L to R: Sean Cerrone (Villanova), Townsend Brown (UVA), Will Railey (UVA), Cameron Ziegler (Bryant), Mike Lanahan (High Point), Aran Roberts (Princeton), Peter Welch (Duke), Nick Wood (UVA), Matt Isnardi (Army), Conor Mackie (Yale), Matt Wysota (Villanova), Coach Josh Hoffman
From Inside Lacrosse Article:
FCA National HS Team Wins Third Consecutive U-18 Gold Championship at Summit Classic
The FCA National High School Team won its third consecutive U-18 Gold boys division championship with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over the Buffalo Soldiers, a team made up of players from Buffalo and Rochester.
Joel Tinney, a midfielder at the Culver Academy in Indiana who hails from Guelph, Ont., led the FCA squad with four goals in the win, capping his outstanding performance this week by earning MVP honors after the title matchup.
Glen Miles, who has coached the FCA National HS team that has traveled to Lake Placid for the past six summers, had high praise for Tinney, who will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall of 2014.
"First and foremost, being around him for three days, he's extremely humble and from what I witnessed over the three days, he has impeccable character," Miles said. "His off the field personality in this world of 'me, me, me' is awesome. … He's very likely the best high school player I've ever seen."
The FCA squad had to overcome its first deficit of the tournament to defeat the Buffalo Soldiers, a team with highly-touted college-bound players, including Bishop Timon-St. Jude standouts Adam DiMillo (Maryland) and Connor Fields (Albany), who led the way for the Soldiers with three goals.
"The Buffalo Soliders were not intimidated by any stretch of the imagination and came out ready to play," said Miles, who is the head coach at St. Margaret's Episcopal in California. "From not having any close games throughout the tournament, it was cool for me to see how we reacted to the adversity of being down. I think we were down 5-4 and then 6-5. We really bonded and came together and more importantly we stayed together."
Miles said he believes the players performed better because of the quality time they spent together in Lake Placid.
"One of the neatest things about FCA and the Lake Placid tournament is that the players have so much fun off the field and that contributes to how we play together because we bond so well off the field. It's almost like the cliff jumping and putt-putt golf is better than practice, because it brings them together and helps them play really well together."