LA Cobras Elite returned this week from a highly successful 10-day trip to the East Coast during which the squad went 8-2 against teams from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York in events held in South Carolina, Baltimore and Long Island, New York.
The first stop was Rock Hill, South Carolina, right outside of Charlotte, for the Carolina Shootout, put on by High Point University coach Jon Torpey. The Cobras finished round-robin play in the Elite A bracket with a 4-1 record, with the sole loss coming at the hands of a very strong Battlelax team out of Northern Virginia.
In that loss, the score was tied late in the game, but eventual tourney champ Battlelax pushed the winning goal across in the final minute. Attacks TJ Summers (Westview, San Diego) Ryan Marasco (Westview) and Matt Finelli (Los Alamitos) and defenseman Anderson Hill (Newbury Park) represented LA Cobras Elite in the tournament’s all-star game.
From there, LA Cobras Elite traveled to the Trilogy Aces event at Goucher University in Baltimore. The camp, run by Trilogy co-founder Ryan Boyle, broke the players up by age to form teams. Cobras Mike Doud (Loyola), Will Doud (Archbishop Murphy, Everett, Wash.) and Charlie Curtin (Loyola) were selected to the all-star game. Team Alpha, with Cobras players Mike Doud, Curtin, Pat Casani (Loyola) and Robert Henderson (Loyola) on the roster, took the championship.
The final stop was the Long Island Warrior Classic held at Hofstra University, a homecoming for LA Cobras Elite coaching staff Brett Tietjen (Hofstra ’03) and Mike Gvozden (Hopkins ’08), whose brother Andrew was an All-American goalie at Hofstra in 2010.
The Cobras opened the tournament with a huge win against defending Nassau County Class A champion Syosset, winning 7-6 in the lacrosse-only Shuart Stadium. They followed that with an 8-5 win against Unparalleled Salty Salmon, made up of players from Southern Connecticut powerhouse programs Wilton and Staples. The Cobras lost their third and final game in pool play to House of Sports of Westchester, N.Y., despite dominating in ground balls and shots on goal. Unfortunately, the House goalie was hot all game, and the Cobras lost 6-4 after surrendering an open-net goal in the final minute.
The Cobras finished in a four-way tie for second in the 12-team field but were the odd-team out of the four-team playoff due to tiebreakers. The Cobras finished strong in the consolation bracket, though, with wins against the Long Island Tomahawks and Jersey Thunder to wrap up a successful trip.
Special thanks to Hofstra coaches and staff — Seth Tierney, JP Brazel, John Gorman and Cathy Aull — for putting on such a fantastic event and giving the Cobras a tour of the lacrosse facilities.
Cobras HS Claims Tinseltown, Tribz
The Cobras HS squad, coached by Tietjen and Mike Delabar (Thousand Oaks) stayed closer to home but was equally successful, going undefeated in two weekends at Great Park in Irvine to earn championships at Adrenaline’s Tinseltown Throwdown and Tribz California Showcase.
The Cobras went 9-0 in the two events, scoring 79 goals and allowing only 19. Defensive starters Colin “Squid” Hawkins, and brothers Cam McAusland and Shane McAusland held down the back line in front of goalie Cam Chavez.
Attacks Wes Priestley, Alex Horowitz and Cooper Tendoesschate, Ethan Marasco, Matt Garvey, Seamus Geddes and middies Hunter Ballard and Robert Henderson led the offense. Face-off middie Noah Gershman (Palo Verde, Las Vegas) went about 75 percent in the nine games, giving the Cobras a huge advantage in possession.
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