By Chris Goldberg
LIlacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/6/13
TOWSON, Md. – Cortney Fortunato (Northport, N.Y.) collected four goals and four assists and earned MVP honors as the North used an 8-0 run to gain an 18-16 victory Saturday night over the South in the Under Armour Senior Girls’ All-American Game at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Taylor Poplawski (Christian Brothers, N.Y.) added four goals and an assist for the North, which trailed, 11-9, before taking a 17-11 lead. The South rallied and got within 17-16 and had a chance to tie.
“It’s a real big honor,” said Fortunato, who is headed to Notre Dame. “Everybody out here is incredible. It is an awesome experience.
“It was a really good game. I am really happy that it was close. It went back and forth the entire time. It wasn’t boring. “
The benefactor of the second-half explosion by the North was goalie Emily Kift (Foothill, Calif., signed with Maryland), who made four saves.
“I was honored to get picked, especially coming from the West Coast,” said Kift, who was joined by Carondelet (CA) attack Erin Jeffery. “Me and Erin were excited to represent the West.
“It was really exciting. It was a whole nother level and it was nice to get the experience before college, It was anyone’s game and it was nice to see both teams could come back from a big deficit.”
The South was led by East Chapel Hill (NC) midfielder Sydney Holman (North Carolina), who had four goals. The South featured 15 players from Maryland.
“It was just unbelievable,” said Marriotts Ridge midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Maryland), who had one gola and a groundball. “Everyone was out there having a great time.
“Seeing the talent come together in such a short time and watching the chemistry is what it’s all about. Six of us played together in club (M&D) since elementary school.
“And I had heard in the newspapers about some of the other girls – it was great to play with or against girls from Georgia and (California). They were all amazing athletes and amazing girls.”
2013 Under Armour All-America Classic
North All-Amer Girls vs South All-Amer Girls (Jul 06, 2013 at Towson, Md.)
North All-Amer Girls (6-2) 18, South All-Amer Girls (2-6) 12
Date: Jul 06, 2013 Location: Towson, Md. Stadium: Unitas Stadium
Attendance: Start time:5:15 PM End time:7:12 PM Total time:1:57
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 Tot
North All-Amer Girls 7 11 – 18
South All-Amer Girls 8 8 – 16
North All-Amer Girls SCORING: GOALS: Cortney Fortunato 4; Taylor Poplawski 4; Colleen Lovett 2; Marisa Romeo 2; Jillian Doherty 1; Maggie Bill 1; Elizabeth Cusick 1; Alexandra Moore 1; Lindsay Biondi 1; Maura Schwitter 1.
ASSISTS: Cortney Fortunato 4; Colleen Lovett 2; Jillian Doherty 1; Taylor Poplawski 1.
South All-Amer Girls SCORING: GOALS: Sydney Holman 4; Carly Reed 2; Sammi Burgess 2; Steph Lazo 2; Casey Black 1; Annie Ruland 1; Zoe Stukenberg 1; Haley Bordner 1; Deborah Milani 1; TEAM 1.
ASSISTS: Casey Black 2; Samantha Brookhart 1; Carly Reed 1; Annie Ruland 1; Zoe Stukenberg 1; Morgan Torggler 1.
North All-Amer Girls GROUND BALLS 25: Alexandra Dalton 4; Caroline Fitzgerald 4; Callahan Kent 4; Maggie Bill 2; Elizabeth Cusick 2; Alexandra Moore 2; Kelsey Youmell 2; Lindsay Biondi 1; Olivia Hompe 1; Alex Poplawski 1; Taylor Poplawski 1; Lily Schmitt 1.
South All-Amer Girls GROUND BALLS 24: Alex McKay 6; Caroline Federico 4; Casey Black 3; Maggie Preas 3; Maggie Auslander 1; Haley Bordner 1; Sammi Burgess 1; Tess McEvoy 1; Carly Reed 1; Kelly Reese 1; Zoe Stukenberg 1; Morgan Torggler 1.
North All-Amer Girls TURNOVERS CAUSED 13: Callahan Kent 3; Alexandra Dalton 2; Caroline Fitzgerald 2; Maura Schwitter 2; Maggie Bill 1; Elizabeth Cusick 1; Cortney Fortunato 1; Kelsey Youmell 1.
South All-Amer Girls TURNOVERS CAUSED 6: Maggie Auslander 2; Maggie Preas 2; Casey Black 1; Tess McEvoy 1.
SHOTS – North All-Amer Girls 33; South All-Amer Girls 36.
SHOTS ON GOAL – North All-Amer Girls 24; South All-Amer Girls 26.
TURNOVERS – North All-Amer Girls 22; South All-Amer Girls 24.
DRAW CONTROLS – North All-Amer Girls 15; South All-Amer Girls 20.
CLEARS – North All-Amer Girls 19-26; South All-Amer Girls 18-23.
GOALIES – NORTH: Callahan Kent (30:00 minutes, 14 shots-6 saves, 8 GA), Emily Kift W (30:00, 12-4, 8); SOUTH: Caroline Federico (30:00, 12-5, 7), Meagh Graham L (30:00, 12-1, 11).
Start time: 5:15 PM Finish time: 7:12 PM Length of game: 1:57
Officials:. Scorer: Thomas Cason.
MVP: Cortney Fortunato (Northport, N.Y./Northport/Notre Dame)