LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 1/2/15
Long Island claimed its first Brine National Lacrosse Classic championship today and followed that landmark victory by opening the Brogden Cup with a 15-12 triumph over Canada at the University of Tampa.
Long Island defeated Maryland, 10-4, to win the Brine NLC in the long-awaited continuation of a game called after five minutes back on July 3 in Boyds, Md. Four members of Class A state champion Masapequa – Carter Hawthorne (2015 Wesleyan commit), Ryan Tierney (2016 Hofstra commit), Griffin Konen (2015 Binghamton commit) and Phil Brady (2015) led the way as Hawthorne, Tierney and Konen keyed the offense and Brady excelled at the face-off X.
Long Island goalies Kevin Carbone (2015 from Chaminade, Binghamton commit) and Dylan Moser (2015 from Westminster, CT, Wesleyan commit) were strong.
Them, four hours later, Long Island outlasted Canada, 15-12, in the opening game of the best-of-three Brogden Cup. Canada will play Maryland Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Maryland will play Long Island again at 1:45 p.m. If a third game is needed to decide the Brogden Cup winner, that game will be played at 6:45 p.m.
The Brogden Cup is an annual event that pits the Brine NLC champion vs. a Canadian All-Star team. This year is the first that has two American teams, due to the rain that postponed the title game in July.
“We just stayed focused and moved the ball really well,” said Brady, who said he adjusted well to playing the new college face-off rules against Maryland. “We were gaining what was rightfully ours – we were playing for Long Island and also for USA.
“And I couldn’t wait to play (Maryland). We’re a great team and we needed to prove it to everyone.”
Konen said his team was well prepared to play Maryland: “It was a cool way to win. We really just prepared by talking about the stand-outs we remembered and then reminded ourselves to just play our
“A bunch of the guys are from the same towns and on the same summer teams and it really helps. Chemistry is a huge factor in these games.”
Tierney said his team shared the ball well.
“We were moving the ball well in transition,” he said. “Plus, our defense is very talented. Our goalies stayed tough in cage and bailed us out on many plays.”
Said Hawthorne: “Obviously, winning the NLC is a huge accomplishment, something that Long Island has never done before. It’s very cool to be a part of the first team to do it.
“The game against Canada was an extremely physical game with high intensity; it had everything you come to expect in an international rivalry matchup. We were very happy to be a be able to get a big win to start tournament play.”
Hawthorne said the Long Island players set big goals for the tournament.
“Everyone knows the reason we came down here is to win the whole thing,” he said. “The guys did a great job just staying focused, even with a long break. Offensively, most of us have played together for multiple years so we do a great job moving the ball and being unselfish. No one cares who scores.”
For Team Canada, goalie Holden MacDonald stood out in the first half while midfielders Adam Wolf and Dalton Follows, attackman Layne Smith and LSM Michael Harris played key roles, coach Clem D’Orazio said.