Coach Mike Ansel’s Rip City capped off a perfect summer by sweeping away the competition en route to the U-19 championship at the Tribz Lacrosse Showcase. The two day tournament at the Great Park in Irvine consisted of a seeding round on Saturday and the playoff round on Sunday. Ansel’s youthful but talented squad earned the top seed in the playoff bracket with an 11-5 victory Tribz Lacrosse Club 11-5 and a 9-5 win over Liv Lax on Saturday.
The two wins on Saturday set up a rematch with Liv Lax in Sunday’s Semi-finals. Rip City found themselves in an unfamiliar position after Liv Lax jumped out to an early two goal lead. Rip City battled back though and walked away with an impressive 9-6 win and a berth in the championship game agains Team Panos from the Thousand Oaks area. The championship game turned out to be a near duplicate of the semi-finals as Team Panos jumped out to an early two goal lead before Jason Hastings (El Toro High School) took matters in his own hands and tied the score at two goals apiece. Riding the momentum of Hastings’ goal, Rip City came storming back to secure their second 9-6 victory of the day and the U-19 championship.
Despite the abundance of youth on the team, Rip City finished the summer with a perfect 9-0 record and tournament championships. Ansel was pleased with his team’s performance particularly his young guns that will be expected to take on leadership roles with their high school teams in 2014, “It’s great to watch our team because we have young players like Scott Barger (JSerra Catholic High School, committed to Towson) , Jack Southron (Mater Dei High School), Logan Dochterman (Santa Margarita Catholic High School) and Anthony Demaio (JSerra)who can lead the team without anybody questioning them. They have earned the respect of their older peers through their playing. All of them are freshman playing in a U-19 tournament… It’s really fun to watch”.
Ansel also enjoyed the opportunity to say farewell to rising college freshmen Alex Kowalski and Garrett Parsons one last time “Since we were playing U-19 it was great to get Garrett Parsons and Alex Kowalski in one last time. Both players are role models in the OC Lacrosse world and it was a pleasure to have them play for Rip City one last time. They will be missed”
Parsons had this to say “It was great to play with Mike and my old high school teammates Doc, Eric Rubek, Wes Schuler, Keaton Ebner, and Max Vought again. I’ve been very luck that Mike has coached me from middle school all the way through high school. Watch out for Fullerton next year. Mike is going to do a great job.”