U23 Academy Dominates in Baltimore!
Schuylkill River’s U23 Academy put on a dominant performance at Baltimore’s Rites of Summer tournament over the weekend. The guys fully committed both offensively and defensively en route to an overall point differential of 173-24 on the day with their smallest margin of victory being 24 points. In the championship match the academy won 42-7.
According to the Coaches, Xavier Steward was the leading try scorer and was almost untouchable throughout the day while Kyle Hegarty really stood out with his playmaking ability. Justin Lopez and Keyon McCloud-Holman were wrecking balls with the ball in hand and PJ Maher did an excellent job of leading the team as Captain. This tournament almost marked Brian Keown’s return to the side where he had an opportunity to partner with former college teammate Sean Barnes.
For the Premier side John McCurdy earned the nickname Johnny Tackles from Coach McHugh for his defensive commitment, Ben Janssen played well, and Danny Giannascoli was smooth. On the open side the guys bounced back from a slow start to beat Frederick in their final match and the coaches mentioned Brenden Stein, Pete Scuderi, and Perry Bowers (who one of the coaches called Perry Baker for the amount of tries he scored) as standout players. Armani Mendez also deserves a shout out for pulling double duty for the U23 and the Open side.
The boys return to action tomorrow at Philly 7s which takes place at the GCVSA Fields in Malvern.