Thursday January 10, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
Pictured here are the Brogden Cup champions this season was Team Rochester, included Hamburg’s Max Maxwell and Christian Hollfelder. (Courtesy of Level 2 Sports)
Team Rochester repeated as Brogden Cup champion this weekend, sweeping a Canadian team from Ontario in two games, 23-5 and 8-4, at the historic North American competition at Austin Tindall Park in Orlando, Fla.
Rochester, which included Hamburg’s Max Maxwell and Christian Hollfelder, qualified to represent the United States by winning the Brine National Lacrosse Classic this past summer in Maryland. The Ontario (Oshawa) team is comprised of the top players from the Ontario Junior Men’s Field Lacrosse League.
Maxwell, who also played on last year’s title-winning team, finished the two-game competition with six goals and seven assists. The UMBC-bound midfielder paced Rochester with three goals and three assists in a much tighter Game Two win.
In Game One on Friday, Rochester bolted to a 6-2 first-quarter lead and led 12-3 at halftime. Senior John Vakiener of Fairport and junior Trevor Hodgins of Gates-Chili High, who’s committed to Ohio State, each finished with four goals and an assist, while senior Austin Nadeau of Proctor Academy, NH scored three times and Maxwell added three goals and four assists.
In Saturday’s second game, Ontario seized a 2-1 first-quarter edge. But Rochester led, 4-3, at halftime and pulled away in the second half. Maxwell was the only player with multiple tallies. Goalies for Rochester were Irondequoit senior Alex Shoemaker of Brockport State and Penn Yan senior Brandon Maciejewski.
Hollfelder played a strong support role as a defensive middie and close defense during the two games. His hard work and determination helped Team USA shut down the Team Canada scoring attack in both games. He’ll play at Cortland State next year.
Today, the Brogden Cup features the top 19-and-under players in North America enabling those unable to participate in the World Games, due to unfortunate birth dates, an opportunity to experience international field lacrosse every year. Rochester has qualified for the Brogden Cup four out of the past five years, winning three times.