Light blue squads leave summer lacrosse league foes black and blue


If you were wearing a light blue Hero's Summer Lacrosse League jersey Saturday on the upper field at Anne Arundel Community College, chances are your team captured one of the five league titles.

Tom Prickett's Light Blue team was first of three teams wearing that color to win a title Saturday. Prickett's team preserved its undefeated status and won the Junior Girls Division by turning away a determined Gold team, 16-10.

Jennifer Manning led the way for the Light Blue (8-0) with a game-high five goals, while teammates Erin Brunst, Becky Morris and Kelly Myron chipped in with two goals apiece. Also lending a hand in the scoring for the victors were Carol Prickett, Katie Robinson and Jen Haybacker.

Melissa Hayes tallied three goals and one assist for the Gold squad that ended up settling for the silver.

The Girls Open Division championship game was as lopsided as the score indicated with Ann Sweeney's Red squad handling Maureen Kelly's Navy Blue team, 13-4.

Andi Phillips of St. Mary's paced the Red with six goals while goalie Michele Julian, a Chesapeake graduate, kept the Navy Blue at bay with six saves.

Tammi Bird of Chesapeake scored three goals and assisted on another in the losing effort.

The Junior Boys Division tilt was another yawner as the Light Blue of Glen Lentz broke out of the blocks, leaving Matt McDonald's Black team in the dust. When the dust settled, Light Blue had its second league title with a 12-4 victory.

Leading the way for Light Blue were Eric Motschiedler, Russ Gamber, Chris Martin and Lucas Mabe. Josh Simms scored three goals and added one assist for the Black.

Tyler Shores, coach of the Orange team in the Boys High School Division, knew that getting past the Sam Peterson-led Maroon team wouldn't be easy. And it wasn't.

Peterson, and a trio of long stickmen -- Bert Hornyak, Andy Paez and Mark Zeller -- rose to the occasion in the second half and squeezed by the Orange, 8-6.

"We came out fast in the first quarter, but then we kind of went to sleep in the second quarter," said Shores, whose team finished with an 8-2 record.

"They have a very strong goalie [Peterson] and I think they expected to come in here and walk all over us," Shores said. "I thought, if we could surprise them like we did, we could hold on to the lead until the end."

Dave Livingston of Severna Park and late arrival Maury Lapointe of Mount St. Joseph scored two goals each to lead Maroon in the scoring column. Lapointe's feat was more impressive considering he didn't get to the game until midway into the second quarter.

Burke Hoyes of Landon School in Montgomery County was the leading point-getter for Orange with three goals and one assist, followed by Jason Hull with two goals.

The Men's Open Division game drew a standing-room-only crowd at Anne Arundel and few, if any, of those in attendance left before the final whistle as Mike Ruppert's Light Blue hung on to defeat Keith Vogel's Red squad, 11-10.

Matt McGaddy, a Severna Park graduate and a former professional box lacrosse player with the Philadelphia Wings and the Pittsburgh Bulls, and St. Mary's grad Kevin Krupinsky, led Ruppert's Other Boys of Summer with two goals apiece, while teammate David Townsend contributed with three assists.

Charlie Herrick and Steve Phipps scored three goals each for the Red, but it was the goalies -- David Miller of Light Blue and Ray Pennsy of Red -- who emerged as crowd favorites.

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