South Defeats North in Under Armour All-American Game

(Photo Credit: Zach Babo)

It was another unreal Under Armour All-American game as the top 44 incoming freshman took the field and put on a show at Homewood Field on Saturday night. A huge offensive lift gave the South a 22-15 victory.

The South put on a complete offensive clinic tonight as it seemed like everyone was scoring. The transition game is where they really put the hurt on the South defense. They were running and gunning all night long.

Game MVP Nicky Solomon really lead the South right out of the gate. The Alpharetta, GA native put showed everyone why he is one of the nations all-time scoring leaders. He really was on another level, as were many other guys as well. The incoming Tar Heel would finish the game with a total of four goals.

Joey Epstein was another guy for the South who really impressed with his almost poetic dodging, feeding, and scoring. Epstein finished with a hat trick as he was able to score three goals in three minutes in the third. Epstein is going to be a big asset for Hopkins over his four years.


The South  had a 7-1 lead heading into the second quarter and they continued that dominance for a bit. The North would be able to put together a four goal run to make it 12-6 South lead at the half.

The North would continue to struggle in the second half but they were much better. The North offense would finally find some footing as Bryce Clay would come alive, especially in the fourth. Jack Simmons also had a stellar offensive night as well as Joe Neuman at the faceoff dot.

Their biggest weakness seemed to be defense, remember it's an all star game, as the South walked all over them most of the game. However, the play of the night came from North goalie Patrick Burkinshaw as he leaped across the cage to make a jaw dropping save.



The South would have 18-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter and they were able to hold onto that lead even after a pretty strong comeback by the North. The South would hold on and put up some great goals at the end of the game to secure the 22-15 victory.

Shinning Stars

South

Nicky Solomon, Attack, Centennial (GA)/ North Carolina
Nicky Solomon showed the who world why he is such a highly regarded player as he took home MVP honors. Solomon, and Alpharetta, GA native, scored 4 goals as he put on an offensive clinic. 

Joey Epstein, Attack, Landon (MD) / Johns Hopkins
The Hopkins bound attack looked very good tonight as his dodging and scoring were unreal. They way he dodges makes it seems poetic like. The kid has an amazing skill set and that was on display as he had 3 goals.

B.J. Farrare, LSM, McDonough (MD) / Penn
B.J. put his wheels on tonight as he showcased an unbelievable amount of speed and athleticism. The two-sport athlete has a great skill set and Penn will be able to utilize him right away.



Mike Sisselberger, FO, Center Valley (PA) / Lehigh
Sisseblerger will be a great addition to the Mountain Hawks. He really did perform great at the faceoff dot tonight. I have no doubt that he will be able to help Lehigh right away as they need a good faceoff guy.

Tanner Hay, D, Victor (NY) / Virginia
Hay looked like one of the better D-poles tonight as he did it all. He showed amazing athleticism and speed as well. Hay even showed off his stick skills as he threw a fake and then found a teammate for the shot.



North

Bryce Clay, A, Forest Hills Central (MI) / Michigan
The Michigan native is staying home and going to Michigan, and he will be a great addition for the Wolverines. Clay showcased his shooting and passing, particularly around the cage. He is a scoring Machine and Michigan can really use him right away.

Joe Neuman, FO, Salisbury (CT) / Yale
Neuman is a faceoff winning machine. He had a great showing as he was able to win faceoffs and get some things going on offense. He will be a great addition to the Yale faceoff core with TD Ierlan. That will be a deadly faceoff group next year.

Will Bowen, D, Boston College HS (MA) / North Carolina
Will Bowen put it on all display tonight as he showcased his great defensive play all night long. Nobody had an easy time getting by him and I think UNC fans will be happy to have him.

Patrick Burkinshaw, G, Brunswick School (CT) / Virginia
Burkinshaw was amazing tonight as he made save after save. This may be one of the most athlethic goalies I have ever seen as some saves he made looked impossible. He made on in particular that was the play of the game in my mind.





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