Baltimore Holds off New England in U-19 Semifinal
In a rematch of last year’s U-19 championship game, the Baltimore Crabs
never trailed and slowly distanced themselves from a pesky New England team en route to
an 11-9 victory. Baltimore’s Gibbs Fogarty scored seven points on the day, including the
first three goals of the game to lead all scorers. The game was marked by patient and controlled
offensive sets. Baltimore’s ability to find open cutters on the crease ended up being the
deciding factor as eight of their eleven goals were assisted.
Both teams were very concerned with giving up transition opportunities
and the majority of the game was spent in half-field sets. Baltimore excelled in driving
the ball from behind the goal and feeding shooters on the crease. Fogarty in particular
was able to find space for himself on the doorstep and put feeds away with methodic accuracy.
Most of his shots were in and out of his stick before a cradle, giving New England goaltender
Tom Hollingsworth little chance to make saves.
New England got an unlucky break late in the first quarter when one of
their defensemen flipped a groundball towards their goaltender on a loose ball scrum. The
ball seemed to change direction on Hollingsworth on the bounce and it trickled into the
net to give the Crabs a 4-3 lead after one quarter. Baltimore proceeded to score three more
goals in the second quarter while holding New England to only one to take a 7-4 lead into
the halftime break. They were then able to hold onto that advantage throughout the second
half to preserve the victory.
Baltimore is improved on the defensive end from last year. Defender Chris
Tkac led the charge for the Crabs by swallowing up any loose balls in his vicinity. He also
got in on the act offensively and picked up two assists. First half goaltender Riley Clark
made nine saves, including three on one sequence to pick up his team.
New England was led by attackman Steve Giannone, who pumped in three goals
in the third quarter alone. Anthony Jonas also picked up two goals and two assists to give
him a team leading four points. But perhaps New England’s most impressive player was face-off
midfielder Matt Kellman, who won the majority of his draws. Hollingsworth finished with
16 saves in a solid effort.
While New England put together a nice run in the second half, they could
never get closer than two. Fogarty sandwiched two goals within forty seconds around a Giannone
tally to keep the lead at three heading into the final frame. New England scored two man-down
goals in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Crabs avenged their loss to New
England in last year’s championship game.
In their second year of competition in Vail, the Baltimore Crabs move to
their second consecutive championship game. If they play with a sense of urgency, they will
be tough to beat in the finals tomorrow.
Score By Quarter: 1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore 4 3 3 1 11
New England 3 1 3 2 9
Balt. – Fogarty (6), Daly, Tompkins, Samperton
NE – Giannone (3), Jonas and Orr (2), Kellman, Sussman
Balt. – Gill and Tkac (2), Fogarty, Wagner, Daly, Crotty
NE – Sussman and Jonas (2), Lesko
Balt. – Clark (24:00 min, 9 saves, 4 goals against), Blevins (24:00 min, 7 saves, 5 goals
NE – Hollingsworth (48:00 min, 16 saves, 11 goals against)
Balt. – 8 for 7:30
NE – 7 for 5:30
Colorado Returns to U-19 Championship Game with 9-6 Victory Over Delaware
It took Team Colorado over half the game to finally take the lead against
the Delaware Eagles in the second semifinal of the day. But once they finally did with 6:19
left in the third quarter, they were able to use their depth and skill at the midfield to
run away with a 9-6 win.
Delaware came out fired up and gave Colorado a little bit more than they
were expecting in the first half. The action during the first five minutes of the game was
played at a far more frenetic pace than the previous semifinal. In general, the game was
a little sloppier than either team would have liked, but both teams played with a great
amount of heart and hustle.
Despite being the decided underdogs, Delaware controlled most of the first
half. Livadas scored the first two goals of the game for the Eagles and prompted Team Colorado
to shut him off for most of the rest of the game. Colorado was not having any trouble getting
to the net, but they simply could not finish in the first half. Larson made eight first
half saves for Delaware to keep his team in the game. What Delaware lacked in quantity of
chances, they made up for in quality. Throughout the game, Colorado goaltenders made only
four total saves on ten shots on goal.
After playing to a 4-4 halftime tie, Team Colorado got on track in the
third quarter with four goals. Jestes scored with 7:28 remaining in the third to tie the
game at five and Cooperman followed that up with two goals of his own to give Colorado their
first lead of the game. Cooperman’s second goal during the decisive three goal run was a
spectacular behind the back finish off a feed from Lindberg.
Team Colorado finally took control of the game in the third quarter as
Delaware seemed to wear down. The Delaware Eagles were very spirited throughout the game,
but simply couldn’t match the legs on the other sideline.
Delaware’s defense was anchored by Moyer, who displayed surgeon-like precision
on his stick checks and constantly ran the ball up the field on the clear. For Colorado,
Swarsen was similarly dominant on the defensive end.
Colorado moves on to play Baltimore in the U-19 championship game. The
two teams have not met before and will be fairly well matched. Baltimore should have an
edge in the face-off department, but Colorado should be able to match up well in the midfield.
The key to the game will be whether or not Team Colorado’s defense can withstand the pressure
of Baltimore’s relentless half-field sets. Colorado will also have to execute on their own
offensive end to be successful.
Score By Quarter: 1 2 3 4 F
Colorado 2 2 4 1 9
Delaware 3 1 1 1 6
CO – Lindberg, Anderson and Cooperman (2), Jestes, Cantwell, Tedeschi
Del - Livadas (3), Jacobs (2), Tieste
CO – Lindberg (2), Hild, Jestes, Tilton, Anderson
Del – Crowell, Greene, Smith
CO – Brown (24:00 min, 1 save, 4 goals against), Konkel (24:00 min, 3 saves, 2 goals against)
Del – Larson (48:00 min, 11 saves, 9 goals against)
CO – 5 for 4:30
Del – 2 for 2:00