The stage has bee set! With three championship games, the six teams involved have spent this entire season fighting tooth and nail to get to the final dance. In the high school championship, the Crabs LC took on the PSL HS house team; The Snipers. In the middle school championship, Team Ho-Co took on the API Diamondbacks. The 5th/6th grade championship saw Team Retrievers take on the ALC Bay Raiders.
High School Championship:
Crabs versus Snipers. These teams have squared off all year in tightly contested games, and this one would not be any different. There was no love lost between these two teams and you could tell from the opening whistle. The first quarter ended with a score of 2-2. Second-quarter really opened the scoring for both teams. The 2nd and 4th quarters often put teams defense on the far side, thus opening an opportunity for transition goals, and this was no different. Each team was flying up and down the floor really pushing the tempo of the game, trying to take any advantage that they could. The second quarter ended with a score of 6-6. After the half, teams settled back into the rhythm of the game, with the 3rd quarter ending with a score of 9-7 Crabs. The final quarter just seemed too much for Snipers. The Crabs were able to control the tempo of the fourth, by mustering another 3 goals, to the Snipers 1. The game ended with a score of 12-8. The MVP for The Crabs LC was #2, Scott Cole.
Middle School Championship:
The Middle School Championship saw Team Ho-Co take on the API Diamondbacks. This game was truly a back and forth contest. The first quarter started with a bang and ended with a score of 3-2. The teams were scoring goals and taking penalties each in the first. In the second quarter, each team was falling into their stride, and beginning to play their game. The tightly contested quarter ended with a score of 5-5. The 3rd quarter picked up right where they left off in the second, each team only saw 1 goal apiece, whereas the Diamondbacks had a chance to test out their man down the defense by taking 2 penalties in the 3rd. Team Ho-Co played great team ball throughout the game. Not one player lead the score sheet, with multiple contributors in the contest. In the 4th, API really found their stride, netting a 4-1 quarter and were able to finish the game by a score of 9-6. There were 2 players for API that finished the game with 2 or more goals apiece. Number 9, John Burkhardt, #77 John Mazzola. Each team found the penalty box 4 times in the game. The game MVP for API was #9, John Burkhardt.
5th/6th Grade Championship:
Retrievers lacrosse club faced off against the ALC Bay Raiders. Retrievers have looked solid all year and were primed to compete this evening. The first goal of the quarter was netted at 6:31. ALC was able to respond with their first goal at the 2-minute mark left in the first. The first quarter ended with a score of 3-1. The Retrievers and ALC were pushing the transition game in the even quarters. The Retrievers finished the second quarter by a score of 6-2. Going into the half, the game was still within reach for the Bay Raiders, however, the Retrievers had other plans. The Retrievers came out in the 3rd on fire, but maybe a little too much heat, they racked up penalties and goals, finishing the 3rd quarter 8-3. The 4th quarter had a similar feel as did the 3rd. There were a few penalties back and forth between both teams, as well as more goals for the Retrievers. The final score of the contest was 10-4. Brody Moss #9 was the game MVP for the Retrievers.
This was another fantastic season for the Premier Series Lacrosse. The league, in its 4th season, has the highest player participation since the league’s inception. The quality of play, the referee education, and consistent development on all accounts has really made this a fantastic year, and we look forward to the coming 5th season!
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Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.