By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 7/7/13
TOWSON, Md. – In an offensive explosion that will be talked about for years, the South defeated the North, 28-24, Saturday night in a memorable Boys’ Under Armour Senior All-American Game at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The game featured more highlight reel goals than you’ll normally see in a month as the top seniors took turns showing off their offensive skills in a game that broke the Under Armour record for total goals by 17.
The scoring record was shattered with 36 seconds left in the third quarter, and the North led, 24-23 when Game MVP Matt Rambo (La Salle, PA/Maryland) scored four of his record eight goals in a final offensive eruption that brought even more oohs and aahs.
“They weren’t sliding and I was rippin’, my shot was on today,” said Rambo. “I am just real happy. It (winning the MVP and setting the record) hasn’t hit me, we were just out here having fun.”
Rambo was, of course, hardly the only offensive star.
For the South, Wilkins Dismuke (Rock Canyon, CO/Johns Hopkins)had four goals and Nick Mazza (Calverton, MD/Penn State) three. Zach Currier (Culver Academy, IN/Princeton) added two goals and two assists and Michael Sutton (St. Augustine Prep, NJ/Penn State), Kieran Eissler (Coronado, NV/Hopkins) and Dylan Maltz (Stonebridge, VA/PSU) each scored twice. Just as significant were the contributions of Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall, MD/North Carolina), who won 24 of 38 face-offs, collected 18 groundballs and had a goal and two assists.
“I had to take a lot of face-offs,” said Kelly, who was in the running for the MVP until Rambo finished the job. “All around, it was a great experience. I got to meet the guys I will be playing with and playing against for the next four years.”
For the North, Zach Miller (Hill Academy, Canada/Maryland) had five goals and an assist, Tim Rotanz (Shoreham-Wading River, NY/Maryland) scored four goals and Jordan Evans (Jamesville-DeWitt, N.Y./Syracuse) and Nick Aponte (West Islip, NY/PSU) each tallied three while J.T. Forkin (Long Beach, N.Y./Syracuse) added a pair.
Added the North’s Justin Guterding (Garden City, N.Y., PG at Salisbury School, CT/Duke), who had one goal: “It was a shootout. These were some of the best offensive players in the country. Even a great defensive player could not hold down offensive players like that. I had a blast.”
Amazingly, there was a goaltending star. The South’s Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep) made 12 saves (to tie the record) in the second half and had a half dozen key stops in the final six minutes of the game when his fellow Duke’s Lacrosse Club teammate Rambo took over.
“Barrett stood on his head,” said Rambo. “He had to have at least 15 saves.”
“It was a lot of fun,” added Barrett, who is headed to Virginia. “I thought I could have had a couple more saves, but they were all great shooters.”
Many records were shattered besides total goals: total shots (137) and groundballs (114). The combined goals for a quarter number was also broken when the two teams racked up 15 goals in the third.
Even the defenseman got into the act. “I should have had a couple,” said South defenseman Austin Pifani (Abington/North Carolina), who scored once and scooped four groundballs. “If I am going to get a shorty, I am going to take him.
“It was insane. It was probably the most fun game I have ever played in. All that offense was literally sick.”
Currier said the offensive players had the advantage.
“The skill levels were unparalleled,” he said. “I saw guys make plays I have never seen before.”
The all-time Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic series is now split four apiece between the North and South. The South has won the last three classics.
Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)
2013 Under Armour All-America Classic
South 28, North 24 (Jul 06, 2013 at Towson, Md.)
North All-Amer Boys (4-4) vs. South All-Amer Boys (4-4)
Date: Jul 06, 2013 Location: Towson, Md. Stadium: Unitas Stadium
Attendance:3728 Start time:8:06 PM End time:10:15 PM Total time:2:09
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
North All-Amer Boys. 4 4 9 7 – 24
South All-Amer Boys. 4 10 6 8 – 28
North All-Amer Boys SCORING: GOALS: Zach Miller 5; Tim Rotanz 4; Jordan Evans 3; Nick Aponte 3; J.T. Forkin 2; Connor Cannizzaro 1; Shane Simpson 1; Ryan Lukacovic 1; Zed Williams 1; Tate Jozokos 1; Jack Lambert 1; Justin Guterding 1.
ASSISTS: Connor Cannizzaro 2; Matt Ryan 2; Shane Simpson 2; J.T.
Forkin 1; Ryan Lukacovic 1; Zach Miller 1; Tim Rotanz 1.
South All-Amer Boys SCORING: GOALS: Matt Rambo 8; Wilkins Dismuke 4; Nick Mazza 3; Zach Currier 2; Michael Sutton 2; Kieran Eissler 2; Dylan Maltz 2; Stephen Kelly 1; Ian King 1; Colin Heacock 1; Austin
Pifani 1; Matt Emery 1.
ASSISTS: Zach Currier 2; Stephen Kelly 2; Colin Heacock 1; Ian King 1.
North All-Amer Boys GROUND BALLS 51: Chris Keating 9; Zach Miller 9; Nick Aponte 7; Parker Ferrigan 4; Brian Dunne 3; Danny Fowler 3; Matt Ryan 3; Connor Cannizzaro 2; Scott Firman 2; Jack Lambert 2; Jack Bruckner 1; Jordan Evans 1; Justin Guterding 1; Tate Jozokos 1; Ryan Lukacovic 1; Tim Rotanz 1; Shane Simpson 1.
South All-Amer Boys GROUND BALLS 63: Stephen Kelly 18; Zach Currier 10; Kieran Eissler 4; Austin Pifani 4; Sean Coleman 3; Matt Emery 3; Nick Fields 3; Kevin Gayhardt 3; Will Reynolds 3; Dylan Maltz 2; Dan Morris 2; Ben Pridemore 2; Michael Sutton 2; Wilkins Dismuke 1; Ian King 1; Ethan Powley 1; Danny Sweeney 1.
North All-Amer Boys TURNOVERS CAUSED 4: Matt Ryan 2; Scott Firman 1; Danny Fowler 1.
South All-Amer Boys TURNOVERS CAUSED 7: Zach Currier 2; Dylan Maltz 2; Matt Emery 1; Dan Morris 1; Austin Pifani 1.
SHOTS – North All-Amer Boys 70; South All-Amer Boys 67.
SHOTS ON GOAL – North All-Amer Boys 44; South All-Amer Boys 43.
Penalties – North All-Amer Boys 3/2:00; South All-Amer Boys 1/0:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – North All-Amer Boys 0-1; South All-Amer Boys 1-3.
30-second Goals/Warnings (Violations) – North All-Amer Boys 0/0 (0);
South All-Amer Boys 0/0 (0).
TURNOVERS – North All-Amer Boys 24; South All-Amer Boys 20.
FACEOFFS – North All-Amer Boys 24-54; South All-Amer Boys 30-54.
CLEARS – North All-Amer Boys 30-32; South All-Amer Boys 29-33.
GOALIES – NORTH: Danny Fowler L (30:00 minutes, 24 shots-10 saves, 14 GA), Parker Ferrigan (30:00, 19-5, 14); SOUTH: Dan Morris W (30:00, 16-8, 8), Matt Barrett (30:00, 28-12, 16).
Start time: 8:06 PM Finish time: 10:15 PM Length of game: 2:09
Officials:. Scorer: Thomas Cason.
MVP: Matt Rambo (Glenside, Pa./LaSalle College/Maryland)