Monday 27th: Radnor 8 England Academy 7
The Academy played their 1st game on American soil under the lights of Radnor High School, who having returned all there starters from last year are looking for a push towards the State Championship this term. The Academy came out firing and showed no sign of nerves opening up a 2 goal lead in the 1st ten minutes.
The game see-sawed from end to end from then on with the lead changing hands several times but never by more than
2 goals. The defensive unit played outstandingly all night keeping at bay a well-coached and disciplined Radnor offence.
The game entered the final minute with the scores tied at 7 when the home team notched a decisive go ahead goal with
54 seconds remaining, but the game wasn’t done.
Having lost the face off the Academy pressured the home team into a mistake on our own back line and in the ensuing clear a penalty was called against a Radnor player.
With 12 seconds left a timeout was called to put in one final play. With a screen play off the top of the box an outside cannon hit the back of the net only to be denied as the referee called time, the red and white were cruelly deprived of an overtime opportunity.
Tuesday28th: Malvern Prep 10 England Academy 3
If we thought Radnor were good then Malvern were another level, State Champions and ranked 3rd in the USA with a 21 – 0 record last year, this team simply oozed class nothing flashy no gimmicks, not a behind the back pass in sight, just total efficiency, a well-oiled winning machine.
Yet the Academy did not flinch standing toe to toe with the powerhouse for a quarter and half trading blows in an up and down game played at a phenomenal pace.
After the first quarter the score was incredibly Nil Nil and one all entering the last 10 minutes of the second period. Malvern broke the stalemate with three quick fire goals to end the half.
This proved to be decisive and the Academy weren’t able to establish a foothold offensively to mount a comeback, again the defence held firm under a tremendous barrage. In all the teams squared off over 5 periods so the score line is even more impressive.
The Academy team are deservedly receiving many plaudits from the Philadelphia lacrosse community who are impressed with the high standard of play and many are clamouring for a game against International opposition so another fixture has been added to the tour which will take place on Saturday.
Wednesday 29th: Clinic
John McEvoy Malvern head coach & his staff along with Tony Resch (Assistant Coach USA 2010 and Head Coach 2015 USA indoor team) ran a high octane clinic for the Academy players which keyed on the fundamentals and simplicity of the game of lacrosse. The session flew by with the players hanging on every word of the outstanding duo and the players left the field tired but more knowledgeable.
Written by David Elwood, Images by Alison Cara
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