|2003 High School Boys
|Results from Tuesday, July 1, 2003
COLORADO AT TOP OF MOUNTAIN; BEAT OHIO FOR U-19 CHAMPIONSHIP
July 1, 2003 - Boys U19 Finals - Avon Field 1 - 12:00 pm
In years past, Team Ohio held a decided edge in athletic ability and size, but this year's Colorado squad had more speed and size in the midfield. While Ohio's defense had been lauded all tournament, it was Colorado who was able to hold their opponent to one goal in each of the last three quarters.
Early on, Ohio looked poised to coast to another Shootout championship. After Eric O'Brien (St. Charles HS, Sr.) scored a goal to give Ohio a 2-1 lead, faceoff middie Jon Gillis (Thomas Worthington HS, Sr.) tallied again immediately after the draw to go up 3-1. At the end of the quarter, Ohio led 4-2.
After Ohio middie Brett Wanner (Dublin Scioto HS, Sr.) scored the third of his game high five goals midway through the second period, Colorado reeled off three straight goals to end the half up 7-5. The run was punctuated by a rebound put-back by Max Rauber (Regis Jesuit HS, Sr.).
"I thought (Ohio) was better than we anticipated," said winning coach Chris Parsons of Littleton High School. "I knew their defense would put some pressure on us, be we handled it fine."
Colorado's attack duo of Brett Koll (Fort Collins HS, Jr.) David Barocas (East HS, Sr.) were very solid again after strong performances in the semifinals. Koll ended the game with four goals and Barocas added two goals and two assists. In addition to Rauber's hat trick, Austin Roberts (East HS, Sr.) had two more assists for the Colorado attack.
When asked how he was able to get open, Koll said, "They were big, but we were quicker. Whenever they turned their head, we were able to move in the middle."
While Koll and the Colorado attack were taking care of business on one side of the field, the defense held up their end of the bargain against a very talented Ohio attack unit. Sam Hong (Worthington Kilbourne HS, Sr.), who tallied eight points against Delaware in the semis, could only manage one assist against the Colorado poles and Pat Hurto (Dublin Coffman HS, Sr.) netted zero points.
Dustin Palmer (Cherry Creek HS, Sr.) and Craig Snively (Cherry Creek HS, Sr.) were excellent in front of goalies Peter Moore (Kent Denver HS, Sr.) and Chris Shopneck (East HS, Sr.). Whenever Ohio would get it out of their defensive end, they never seemed comfortable in a set offense, and if they did get a good look, Palmer and Shopneck were waiting to pounce on the shot.
Colorado won the face off battle 13-10 with strong performances by David Elbot (Kent Denver HS, Sr.) and John Ryberg (Air Academy, Sr.). Ohio's Gillis, who was voted best face off man of the tournament by staff and opposing coaches, won his fair share of draws as well.
The game was the culmination of four great days of lacrosse in the Vail Valley. On Thursday, the big boys come into town as the Men's Elite get underway.
Score by Quarter:
Colorado 13, Ohio 7 (1st place)
Delaware 11, New England 9 (3rd place)
Hurricanes 12, Tri-State 6 (5th place)
Gateway 1, San Diego 0 fft. (7th place)
Edmonton 13, Calgary 10 (1st place)
Southeast 12, Utah 4
Northern California 7, Orange County 6
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