St. Louis 2002 - Towson and Denver

St. Louis 2002 - Towson and Denver

St. Louis 2002 - Towson and Denver

St. Louis 2002 - Towson and Denver

The second game of the St. Louis Fall Face-Off Tournament was between Towson and Denver, making the event the first meeting between four ranked teams in a Midwest location. Okay, so it's Fall ball and doesn't really count, but if you are a Midwesterner and a fan of lax, it's worth the trip. Last year, 4000 fans showed up to get soaked and watched Syracuse control Notre Dame. This tear there was no rain, but lots of sun and crisp 54 degree weather. Even the Rams playing at home and spanking the Oakland Raiders out of the unbeaten ranks in the NFL did not deter the fans, estimated to be 10% more than last year. The organizers of this event, Mike Sennett, JC Dillon and Lee Michelson, have done so to help the growth of lax in Missouri. As of this year, more than 75 Missouri HS players have gone on to major programs at D 1 through 3 schools across the country. Whereas the early match-up between Duke and Notre Dame featured thee local players on the Irish team, the afternoon match-up featured three such players on Denver and one on Towson's roster.

Denver coach Jamie Munro was pleased to come to the Fall Face-Off, "I think at the HS level, the quality of lacrosse in the Midwest has grown greatly in the past few years. Our roster shows we have recruited many players from the Midwest, with 4 from Illinois , 5 from Ohio, 3 from Michigan and 3 from Missouri.." Munro enjoyed the trip, " This event is great for the sport and important for us to come here and play in front of locals kids that aspire to play in quality D1 programs. In addition to his Midwest group, Munro has also developed a Canadian connection with freshman middie Geoff Snider joining fellow sophomore scoring sensation Matt Brown. Snider showed some promise today and the Pioneers will got good goal production from this duo when the season begins.

Its Fall Ball. The first and third quarters of this game were mostly uneventful with the teams trading possessions and practicing set ups and strips. Both teams were good with their longsticks, stifling scoring opportunities. Denver drew the first blood with a solo goal from Illinoisan Eric Swanson punching one in the net on the EMO opportunity for the Pioneers, nailing the goal on the ground near the left pipe. A few minutes later, Tiger attacker Todd Spear used a jump shot to find the net and even it up 1-1, but his shot was initially ruled an improper dive that landed him in the crease and the score was disallowed. Initially. After a two minute conference, the goal was ruled good and the quarter ended in a 1-1 tie.

Swanson put the Pioneers up in the second quarter after a Tiger longstick slipped on a slow clear. Swanson picked the ball up, made a quick change of direction and came along the left side, spun at the goal line left and scored at the opposite post. Towson woke up and tied the game when Hunter Lochte fed Brad Monaco at 8:09, when Monaco shot a laser from 10 yards out. Senior Ryan Obloj then took a feed from Locket next at 7:30 and used an acrobatic shot to score and put Towson up 3-2. Denver's Darren Sasaki-Scanlon was stuffed on a shot at point-blank range, but a turnover to Denver resulted in sophomore Scott Davidson hitting a hard underhand shot at 3:52 to tie it up at 3-3. Towson jumped into the net after a minute of being peppered with Denver shots and a quick score on the clear made it 4-3 Towson. At 0:27, Snider showed his brute strength, taking the ball and bullying over Tiger longsticks Zak Smith and Evan Santini to knot the score at 4-4. Towson had the last word of the half at 0:14 when Obloj fed Junior Ben DeFelice on a give and go.

Towson changed goalies and brought in junior John Hunt to begin the third quarter, which was all Towson. They scored at 9:44, when Alex Fountain fed Kenny Lynch to go up 6-4. At 8:39, Obloj scored for the second time as he crossed in front of the crease, dipped low to draw the goalie down and then flipped the ball in over his shoulder. The remaining 7 minutes saw both teams fight for the ball and use various offensive set-ups, none of which produced any paydirt.

Towson kept the pressure up in the fourth quarter, when Obloj fed Lochte at 13:04 again close. Lochte stepped smartly through the close D to shoot and score. 8-4. At 10:45 junior Tiger Nate McCreary ran to the crease, rolled the ball twice in his pocket and shot, catching the Pioneer goalie asleep to put Towson up 9-4. Towson had played mostly upperclassmen, while Munro was taking in all that his young team could demonstrate. He substituted freely and gave the freshman good time on the field. At 7:16, Denver scored to cut the lead to 9-5. Two minutes later at 5:12, freshman Greg Weigel brought the ball down the right side and scored. 9-6. Denver held the ball int he Towson half for the next three minutes, but could not penetrate its defense. Towson finally recovered the ball at 2:10, but Denver stripped the ball and scored at 1:46 as freshman Adam Goodwin took the ball in from the left. Despite Hunt's calls to his defense of "ball top left", they stood their ground and watched Weigel toss in a simple score. 9-7. At 0:25, sophomore Greer Hanlon fed junior Sean McDonough. Denver tried in vain to strip the ball from Towson after they won the face, but failed. Towson 9, Denver 8. Munro has a young and fast team with the Pioneers. Look for these kids to give Notre Dame a run for its money in the tussle for the GWLL title in 2003 and the right to get to the tournament.

Next year's version of the Fall face-Off will bring even more marquee teams across the river with Notre Dame, Ohio State, UMass and Princeton coming.

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pictures
    by (#20165) on 10/20/02 @1:13PM
these are really good pictures. they always are. keep it up.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#37043) on 11/13/02 @9:28AM
i agree, these pic's are kickin
 
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denver
    by (#16998) on 10/20/02 @3:47PM
Denver's the shit
 
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Denver will be
    by (#28132) on 10/20/02 @8:26PM
quite good, but maybe not for a few years on par with your beloved Hop. They are rtying and manage to surprise a few teams every few years. Didn't they shock everyone two years ago on a trip out east and beat Brown and lose to Dartmouth in OT? They are a few steps away from being very good. Although, I am puzzled at why Mike Law's brother (a goalie) is going to Princeton instead of Denver, other than much more exposure. It seems that other than Notre Dame, no body knows (or cares) about the other teams in the GWLL. Look for Denver to seriously challenge ND and Fairfield thi year. The Stags will have plenty to prove that last year's GWLL title was more their doing, rather than the Irish's and Dennver's undoing......
 
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I agree
    by (#28021) on 10/20/02 @11:04PM
Mike Law's brother, Dave is a sick goalie. He played at Kent and had a really awesome jr. year and a good senior year. It seems that DU would be the best chance to become a starter his freshmen or sophmoore year, but it is hard to pass up on IVY league offers. Anyway, Denver is going to be a real contender with Notre Dame, possibly winning one or two in the tourney.
 
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Midwest teams
    by (#17129) on 10/22/02 @2:41PM
I glad a Denver hung with Towson. It was a great game. The midwest teams should start getting some attention-they're damn good. Denver should have won the game.
 
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Mid west teams
    by (#35431) on 11/13/02 @11:16PM
Yeah, they are getting good.....Butler beat Towson easily in the Luikemia tourny.

 
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Butler beat Towson but...
    by (#19173) on 11/14/02 @11:59AM
The Tigers were not playing any starters the entire game.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#13195) on 11/14/02 @11:59AM
They beat Towson's freshman and red-shirts. If Towson played Butler this year they would more than likely smoke them.
 
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Denver should have won - not
    by (#19173) on 11/14/02 @12:01PM
The Towson coaching staff pulled all of the starters when the game was 9-3 Towson. Denver did well to get close but it was really no contest.
 
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    by (#8770) on 11/14/02 @1:02PM
denver was playing everyone the entire game. i would guess that most of towsons goals came during the times when it was towsons starters vs. denvers mixed squad. i think the game was much closer than some of the scores may have indicated. from what ive seen in other fall tournaments, both Denver and Towson are going to have very successful seasons. I wouldnt be suprised if these teams met each other in the tournament. These are definitely two very good teams to watch.
 
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Second that
    by (#38191) on 10/23/02 @3:12PM
Denver had many close games last year with a lot of young aggressive players and one young assistant, Trevor Tierney. Could it be there was more than exposure out east that led Law to the Tigers? Whatever the case, if you were in St. Louis you witnessed Munro's class of '06, they too are an aggressive bunch and it would be unwise to overlook Denver in the GWLL this spring. It's more than altitude..it's attitude.
 
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TIERNEY
    by (#8770) on 10/24/02 @4:28PM
speaking of trevor tierney, i heard that he was pursuing a modeling career with Abercrombie. This would make sense because i know that he was working on a motion picture called "High Heat" with brendan frazier. please respond if you know anything about TT.
 
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Trev Tierney
    by (#36481) on 10/29/02 @4:10PM
I need to know who wrote this! Please tell me who you are. This is one of the funniest things I've seen posted on this site and I'd like to pass it on to a friend, but I'd like to know who the author of this is first. Thanks for the laugh!
 
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towson unis
    by (#22622) on 10/23/02 @6:58PM
thes towson unis are nasty!!
does anyone know who makes them??
 
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(no subject)
    by (#36275) on 10/23/02 @7:37PM
i think stx makes them. i think its called rebel wear
 
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    by (#22622) on 10/23/02 @9:12PM
yeah, ive seen the rebelwear stuff, but this is the first time ive seen the unis with two stripes up the side. im lookin for it
 
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STX and TU
    by (#13195) on 10/24/02 @1:27PM
Towson is sponsered by STX, so I'm pretty sure that everything they wear is made by them.
 
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Parkton, Md.
    by (#33555) on 10/27/02 @11:55PM
Did anyone make it to the tourney up at LaMonica's place in Parkton? Sounded like some great teams and was looking for word on some of the teams.
 
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