Central Florida Senior All Star Game a Big Success – East wins 12-10

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Video from the game is also available for FREE viewing at LacrosseSportsNetwork.com.

 

The top seniors in Central Florida took the field last night for a classic East vs. West battle.  There was no question about the level of talent on the field, but nobody was sure what kind of game we would see.  What happened was 48 minutes of high speed, back and forth, barn burner action!  The Central Florida Senior All Stars didn’t just go out and play an NBA style All Star game.  They gave us some solid play at both ends of the field including fantastic goal tending on teams, good settled offense, and fast transition play.

Things got started quickly as Trinity Prep’s Dylan Davis (VMI) won the opening face-off and 30 seconds later took a nice feed from Winter Park’s Sergio Salcido (Syracuse) made a nice shot for the first goal of the game.

The West came back strong and reeled off 4 straight goals to take a 4-1 lead to end the first quarter.  Bishop Moore’s Joey McMahan (Tampa) scored first for West.  After five minutes of back and forth action TFA’s Colin Kruger (Alabama) scored on a dish from Grant Hughes (Catawba).  Hughes scored the third goal for the West 6 seconds later off the ensuing face-off.  TFA’s Kevin Harrington (FSU) scored the final goal of the first quarter from a Joey McMahan.

Krueger and Olympia’s Isaac Cohrs (UCF) opened the second quarter with back to back goals for the West putting East in a 6-1 deficit.  Lake Highland Prep’s Davis Anderson (Salisbury) finally got east back on the board.  West answered back with a goal by Bishop Moore’s Michael Bennett (USF) giving West a 7-2 lead.  However, Anderson them fed Timber Creek’s Jake Rooney (Hofstra) for the East’s third goal game with 1:15 left in the half.  Rooney scored another with :29 left in the half and Lake Highland Prep’s Austin Tamayo (Washington and Lee) scored with :01 left on the clock from a mad scramble in front of the goal to make the halftime score 7-6 West.

The East’s one goal deficit was not due to a lack of shooting, however.  Oviedo’s Alex Perez (FSU), in the goal for the West team, saw lots of rubber but recorded 8 saves in his half of play, facing some of the top shooters in the area.  All-American Dave Moore (Saint Leo) made four big saves for the East during his half of play.

Front Row L-R Joey McMahon, Dave Moore, Colin Kruger, Alex Perez Back Row L-R Jon Wiese, Matt McGuffee, Austin Tamayo, Davis Anderson, Jake Rooney, Sergio Salcido

The third quarter belonged to All American Jake Rooney as he potted four goals for the East and Dylan Davis added a fifth unanswered goal putting the East up 11-7 lead.  With a minute left in the third Lake Mary’s Josh Reedy (Catawba) scored the lone marker of the quarter for the West team.

The scoring slowed down in the fourth quarter with Lake Howell’s Matt McGuffee (Rollins College and Bob Scott Award Winner) scoring the lone goal for East.  Joey McMahon scored a goal and assisted on a goal by Michael Bennett to keep the game close.

Timber Creek goalie Andrew McCormick played a stellar second half making several circus saves on great shots to keep the slim two goal advantage for the East.

The large crowd that turned out for the game was treated to a fantastic game with both teams playing hard, fast, and clean for 48 minutes.  US Lacrosse presented the All American Awards to Jake Rooney, Dave Moore, Sergio Salcido, Austin Tamayo, Joey McMahan, and Davis Anderson.  Academic All American awards were given to John Wiese (Defense, Trinity Prep), Alex Perez (Goalie, Oviedo), and Colin Kruger (Midfield, First Academy).

The Bob Scott award was presented to Matt McGuffee for Lake Howell.

Coach of the Year – Jeff Reedy, Seminole and Asst. Coach of The Year – Shawn Perkins, Hagerty were also presented with awards.

Video of the game can be found at http://www.lacrossesportsnetwork.com.  Photos can be found at Hammer Sports photography.