October 9, 2011

Team USA Starts Fast, Beats Duke Men in Stars & Stripes

by Leslie Gaber | LaxMagazine.com


Ned Crotty had two first-half assists to help Team USA to an 11-3 halftime lead and eventual 21-9 victory over Duke Sunday in Raleigh, N.C., at the annual US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend.

©John Strohsacker

RALEIGH, N.C. – Drew Westervelt tallied four goals, while Kevin Leveille and Matt Danowski added three each to lead Team USA to a 21-9 victory over the Duke Blue Devils Sunday at the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend.

Ten different players scored for the U.S. men's national team in the exhibition game, which was played at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C.

“This is a great event,” Team USA head coach Kevin Cassese said. “It was an honor to be a part of it. I’m thankful that US Lacrosse, Duke and Cardinal Gibbons were able to come together today.”

Team USA took control offensively early on, striking first on an unassisted goal by midfielder Paul Rabil 45 seconds into the game. The squad continued to test Duke’s defense and its freshman goalkeeper, Kyle Turri, as Leveille and Danowski each scored to give Team USA a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Devils were able to trim the deficit midway through the first quarter, capitalizing on man-up opportunities. Jordan Wolf got Duke on the board at the 8:37 mark, while Josh Dionne scored on a feeder from Justin Turri less than a minute later to cut the margin to 3-2.

The score would not remain close for long, however, with Team USA stretching its lead to 7-2 by the end of the first quarter. Levielle notched his second goal of the game on an assist from former Blue Devil Ned Crotty with 3:22 remaining, followed by an unassisted score by Patrick Heim. Stephen Peyser also scored on consecutive possessions as Team USA continued to challenge Duke’s defensive unit.

Team USA opened the second quarter with a pair of goals by Westervelt to take a 9-2 lead. Following a substitution in goal by the Blue Devils, Crotty found midfielder Peet Poillon for another tally. 

Duke’s Wolf bounced a strike past Rodgers for his second goal of the day with 4:49 to go in the second quarter, and veteran midfielder Matt Striebel answered with an unassisted score at 3:35 to give Team USA an 11-3 lead heading into halftime. 

In the third quarter, the Blue Devils’ Robert Rotanz fired a shot off of the faceoff for a quick goal. Team USA’s Max Seibald answered on an assist from Rabil, and Poillon followed with his second score of the day to give the U.S. a 13-4 advantage. Josh Offit fought his way through the U.S. defense for a Duke goal at the 7:57 mark, but Team USA responded with six straight goals – including two each by Westervelt and Danowski – to take a 19-5 advantage into the final quarter.

The Blue Devils received back-to-back goals from Wolf and Brian Dailey early in the fourth quarter. Seibald notched his second score of the day at the 8:56 mark, but Duke responded with a pair of strikes by Rotanx and Andrew Vekstein to make it 20-9. Leveille rounded out the high-scoring affair with his third tally at 2:28 in the fourth quarter, sealing the 21-9 victory for Team USA.

“We put in a normal set and everybody was unselfish,” Westervelt said. “Everyone was moving the ball well and sharing the ball, and I think we had a lot of people who got opportunities because of it.”

Rabil finished with a team-high three assists for Team USA, followed by Crotty, Seibald and Leveille at two apiece. Chris Eck won 26 of 33 faceoff attempts, while Scott Rodgers and Jordan Burke combined for nine saves in goal.

Wolf led Duke with three goals, while Rotanz registered two. The Blue Devils’ three goalkeepers totaled 10 saves in the loss.

“The thing I was most impressed with, aside from the sheer talent, is the ability of these guys to come together as a group and really play a cohesive game,” Cassese said. “They’ve been really professional about playing together, sharing the ball and really buying into the team concept.”

Danielle Spencer scored three goals to lift the U.S. women's team to a 13-7 win over North Carolina in Saturday's first game of the US Lacrosse Stars & Stripes Weekend.

©John Strohsacker

Other Stars & Stripes Weekend Scores

Oct. 8 (Game 1): U.S. Women 13, North Carolina 7
USA Goals: Katie Rowan 3, Danielle Spencer 3, Laura Zimmerman 2, Ashby Kaestner 2, Erica LaGrow 1, Sarah Albrecht 1, Danielle Etrasco 1.
USA Assists: Allyson Carey 2, Molly Ford 2, Lindsey Munday 1
USA Goalies: Devon Wills 3 svs, 2 GA; Amy Altig 1 sv, 5 GA.
UNC Goals: Abbey Friend 3, Becky Lynch 1, Morgan Rubin 1, Margaret Corzel 1, Kelly Devlin 1.
UNC Assists: Emily Garrity 2, Sam McGee 1.
UNC Goalies: Lauren Maksym 0 svs, 8 GA; Taylor Thomas 7 svs, 5 GA.

Oct. 8 (Game 2): U.S. Women 17, North Carolina 8
USA Goals: Katrina Dowd 4, Casey Ancarrow 3, Kristin Igoe 2, Katie Schwarzmann 2, Kat Thomas 1, Michelle Tumolo 1, Jillian Byers 1, Sarah Bullard 1, Grace Golden 1, Caitlyn McFadden 1.
USA Assists: Shannon Smith 2, Corey Donohue 2, Caitlyn McFadden 1, Kelly Berger 1, Michelle Tumolo 1, Casey Ancarrow 1, Grace Golden 1, Shannon Smith 1.
USA Goalies: Megan Huether 2 svs, 4 GA; Kendall McBrearty 2 svs, 4 GA.
UNC Goals: Kara Cannizzaro 2, Laura Zimmerman 2, Brittney Coppa 1, Becky Lynch 1, Abbey Friend 1, Eileen Giles 1.
UNC Assists: Abbey Friend 1, Taylor George 1, Jessica Griffin 1.
UNC Goalies: Lauren Maksym 2 svs, 7 GA; Britt Giacco 3 svs, 10 GA.

Oct. 9 (Game 1): U.S. Women 14, Navy 7
USA Goals: Jillian Byers 3, Michelle Tumolo 2, Acacia Walker 2, Danielle Etrasco 2, Danielle Spencer 2, Kat Thomas 1, Allyson Carey 1, Katie Schwarzmann 1.
USA Assists: Jillian Byers 2, Brittany Poist 1, Katie Schwarzmann 1, Erica LaGrow 1.
USA Goalies: Amy Altig 1 sv, 3 GA; Kendall McBrearty 1 sv, 4 GA.
Navy Goals: Aimee Gennaro 4, Kathy Young 2, Jess Fellows 1.
Navy Assists: Jill Coughlin 1, Jasmine DePompeo 1.
Navy Goalies: Michelle Verbeeck 11 svs, 14 GA.

Oct. 9 (Game 2): U.S. Women 22, Navy 3
USA Goals: Katie Rowan 5, Katrina Dowd 3, Sarah Albrecht 2, Laura Zimmerman 2, Corey Donohue 2, Casey Ancarrow 2, Sarah Bullard 2, Kristin Igoe 2, Lindsey Munday 1, Caitlyn McFadden 1.
USA Assists: Katie Rowan 5, Lindsey Munday 2, Corey Donohue 2, Sarah Albrecht 1, Sarah Bullard 1.
USA Goalies: Devon Wills 3 svs, 2 GA; Megan Huether 0 svs, 1 GA.
Navy Goals: Kathy Young 2, Loren Generi 1.
Navy Assists: (none)
Navy Goalies: Michelle Verbeeck 4 svs, 14 GA; Elaina Ponchione 2 svs, 4 GA; Charlotte Hauser 1 sv, 1 GA; Meg Ford 1 sv, 3 GA.

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