From Inside Lacrosse Article
Boys U18 Gold: FCA National Team 12, SweetLax National Team 8
The FCA National Squad captured its fourth consecutive U18 Gold Championship, pulling away from an 8-8 tie with SweetLax to roll to a 12-8 win.
Drew Supinski (Haverford, Pa./Johns Hopkins) was named the team’s MVP after a strong showing in FCA’s undefeated run, including two goals in the win over SweetLax. Timmy Kelly (Calvert Hall, Md./North Carolina) scored three goals and added an assist in the championship win.
FCA finished 5-0 and outscored its competition 58 to 13. Drew Wardlow, director of the FCA Lacrosse Ministry, credited Kelly, Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield, Md./Virginia) and Alex McGovern (St. Paul’s, Md./North Carolina) for driving the team on offense and in transition.
“Those guys all really helped us, I thought those guys were all big,” Wardlow said, also commending a pack of defenders, several of them bound for North Carolina.
“Our defense played strong. Jack Rowlett (Robinson, Va./North Carolina), Cade Van Rappahorst (Desert Vista, Ariz./Duke), Jake Peden (Downingtown East, Pa./North Carolina), and Jack Halpert (Gilman, Md./North Carolina) was a vacuum off the wing.”
Wardlow has been on the sideline for each of the FCA National Team’s U18 Gold wins at Lake Placid, and he’s seen the competition is getting better each year at the Summit Classic, which makes four straight titles that much more satisfying.
“We’ve played some really good teams up here. But as far as big names, (SweetLax) seemed like they had a lot. Looking down their roster, they were stacked and it showed in the game.”
“We’ve been up here five years. To win the last four in a row in tight games has been really cool. It’s getting harder and harder every year. Lake Placid is just one of the best tournaments around. The Leveilles run a great tournament. The competition is great. There’s no coaches recruiting so the kids just play lacrosse to play lacrosse. It’s my favorite tournament of the summer.”