Ellis Geis’ (Foothill) overtime goal helped the Under Armour West 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.
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 Quentin Buchman (Santa Margarita; 2 goals), Coronado’s Nicholas DeMaio (1g, 2a), Spencer Grant (Torrey Pines; 1g), Isiah Dawson (Bishop’s; 1g), Torrey Pines’ Makail Fraboni 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), Justin Cheng (Beckman; 1a), Ryan Ramirez (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 Hayden Rodenbeck (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
|Topher Bligh||St. Ignatius||Attack|
|Quentin Buchman||Santa Margarita||Midfield|
|Jack Crockett||Sacred Heart Prep||Attack|
|Evan Egan||Torrey Pines||Defense|
|Jonathan Ford||Torrey Pines||LSM|
|Makail Fraboni||Torrey Pines||Goalie|
|Shayne Grant||Torrey Pines||Midfield|
|Spencer Grant||Torrey Pines||Face-off|
|Sam Handley||Jesuit Portland||Attack|
|Brody LaPorte||Menlo School||LSM|
|Bernhardt Pederson||Park City High School||Attack|
|George Pike||Avon Old Farms||Midfield|
|Ryan Ramirez||Torrey Pines||Midfield|
|Jack Schlendorf||Oregon Episcopal||Goalie|
|Alex Slusher||Oregon Epispical||Attack|