Freedom wins girls' All-American Showcase
July, 25, 2012
By Mike Loveday | ESPN.com
Tim Casey/ESPNHSTeam Freedom used a strong second half to win the girls' Champion All-American Showcase final at the ESPNHS Games in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Chelsey Sidaras from William Floyd (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) recorded seven saves in the second half to help lead Team Freedom to a 16-13 win over Team Liberty on Tuesday in the championship game of the 2012 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event as part of the ESPNHS Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Eleven different players scored goals for Freedom, led by Tyler Thomas from Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) who totaled three goals and an assist in the win.
Lydia Cassada from Milton (Ga.), McKenzie Hunt from Thayer Academy (Sudbury, Mass.), Hannah Landgrave from DuPont Manual (Louisville, Ky.) and Emma Lazaroff from Fairview (Lafayette, Colo.) each scored two goals to pace the scoring for Team Liberty.
In the bronze medal game, Spirit picked up its first win of the tournament, by defeating Team Pride 20-16. Kelsey Murray (six goals, two assists), Michaela Michael (five, two) and Dene DiMartino (four, two) combined for 21 points.
At the conclusion of the tournament each team named MVP and sportsmanship award recipients:
Team Freedom: Sportsmanship Award: Margaret Auslander, Green Hope (Cary, N.C.); MVP: Aislinn Probst, Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.).
Team Liberty: Sportsmanship Award: Alison Scharkey, Esperanza (Yorba Linda, Calif.); MVP: Lazaroff.
Team Pride: Sportsmanship Award: Amanda Johansen, North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.); MVP: Cortney Fortunato, Northport (N.Y.).
Team Spirit: Sportsmanship Award: Kristina Coppolino, Winter Springs (Fla.); MVP: Michaela Michael, Menlo (Burlingame, Calif.)