Quentin Buchman (4), Ellis Geis (21), Hayden Rodenbeck (9), Justin Cheng (2)

(Foothill) overtime goal helped the Highlight Team defeat Baltimore and emerge from pool play as the only undefeated team in the division. The top-seed West team earned a bye in the first round of the single-elimination playoff round. They will face the winner of New Jersey-Baltimore.

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The West jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game but a gutsy Baltimore squad chipped away, closed the gap to to 6-4 by halftime, and left the game knotted 9-9 at the end of regulation. A big save by goalie Jack Schlendorf (Oregon Episcopal; 8 saves) in OT kept the West alive and Geis took advantage by burying the game winner.

Other Southern Californians putting up points against Baltimore were (Santa Margarita; 2 goals), Coronado’s (1g, 2a), Spencer Grant (Torrey Pines; 1g), (Bishop’s; 1g), Torrey Pines’  had three saves between the pipes.

A couple hours later, the West wrapped up pool play with a 9-7 win over New England. Geis and Buchman led the offense with hat tricks. DeMaio (1g, 1a) and Dawson (1a) also chipped in some points.

Notes: Buchman with 10 goals is the second leading goal scorer in the event.  DeMaio’s 12 assists tops the charts.

Day 1 Recap

Nicholas Demaio (Coronado) dished out nine assists and Quentin Buchman (Santa Margarita) scored five goals to lead the Under Armour West Highlight team to a 2-0 record after the first day of play.  Demaio is the leading assistant thus far – no other player has more than three. Buchman ranks second amongst all Day 1 goal scorers.
The West began the event with a statement 17-4 win over Upstate New York.

Southern Californians helping with offensive output included Demaio (1a), Buchman (2g),  (Beckman; 1a), (Torrey Pines; 1g), and Isiah Dawson (Bishop’s; 2g). Torrey Pines’ Makail Fraboni had three saves between the pipes.
In game two, the West needed every single one of Demaio’s eight assists to scratch out the 10-9 win over the South.  Buchman notched a hat trick and Ellis Geis (Foothill) found the back of the net twice.  Long poles Cheng (1g) and (Servite; 1a) displayed their versatility by helping out on offense. Fraboni had one save.

Pool play continues today with games against Baltimore (2-0) at 11:30 eastern and New England (1-1) at 2:00 pm eastern.

Under Armour West Highlight Team

Name High School Position
Topher Bligh St. Ignatius Attack
Quentin Buchman Santa Margarita Midfield
Justin Cheng Beckman LSM
Jack Crockett Sacred Heart Prep Attack
Isaiah Dawson Bishops Midfield
Nicholas DeMaio Coronado Attack
Evan Egan Torrey Pines Defense
Jonathan Ford Torrey Pines LSM
Makail Fraboni Torrey Pines Goalie
Ellis Geis Foothill Attack
Shayne Grant Torrey Pines Midfield
Spencer Grant Torrey Pines Face-off
Sam Handley Jesuit Portland Attack
Aidan Hesse Loyola Face-off
Brody LaPorte Menlo School LSM
Bernhardt Pederson Park City High School Attack
George Pike Avon Old Farms Midfield
Mark Rakowski Lawrenceville Defense
Ryan Ramirez Torrey Pines Midfield
Hayden Rodenbeck Servite Defense
Jack Schlendorf Oregon Episcopal Goalie
Alex Slusher Oregon Epispical Attack

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