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Recap: Team Apuzzo secures first shootout victory in league history

© Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2022 / Credit: Kait Devir
Eric Rhew
Jul 30, 2022

SPARKS, Md. — Fans of Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse will remember the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader between Team Apuzzo and Team Moreno for a very long time.

Not only did it include one of the greatest comebacks in the league’s two-year history, but it also included the first-ever shootout, which Team Apuzzo claimed by a 12-10 margin at USA Lacrosse Headquarters.

Attacker Sam Apuzzo and goalkeeper Taylor Moreno captained their teams to one of the greatest games in league history. Apuzzo tallied 176 leaderboard points and earned MVP 1 honors after scoring three goals with four ground balls, seven draw controls and a caused turnover.

Moreno, meanwhile, followed with the MVP 2 award with 140 leaderboard points. The rookie from the University of North Carolina equaled the league single-game record with 15 saves, including 13 in regulation. She also had a ground ball in the setback, which was her first as a professional.

Goalkeeper Kady Glynn, Moreno’s counterpart on Team Apuzzo, completed the MVP trio after making six saves, including three in the shootout. Glynn also chipped in four ground balls with a caused turnover.

KEY MOMENT

Trailing by a 9-4 margin with 5:42 left in regulation, Team Apuzzo ran off six consecutive goals in a five-minute span to claim a 10-9 lead on a goal by Apuzzo with 24 seconds remaining. But, Team Moreno forced the extra session on a goal by rookie attacker Scottie Rose Growney with 10.9 seconds left.

After neither team scored in the overtime period, Apuzzo and rookie attacker Charlotte North staked Team Apuzzo to a 12-10 advantage with back-to-back markers past Moreno. Growney and attacker Cortney Fortunato evened the score at 12-12 before midfielder Katie O’Donnell sent Team Apuzzo to the victory circle with a goal.

LEADERBOARD IMPACT

Moreno remains the league’s leader with 923 points while Apuzzo carries 826 points into Sunday’s finale. Meanwhile, nine of the top 10 spots on the leaderboard are held by players from either Team Apuzzo or Team Moreno.

GAME NOTES

  • Despite losing the game, Moreno still holds a 97-point lead over Apuzzo heading into Sunday’s Week Two finale … However, Moreno’s streak of three consecutive games with 200 or more leaderboard points came to an end.

  • Apuzzo extended her streak of consecutive games with at least one goal to 20 straight contests with her first hat trick of the season … She has registered four multi-goal efforts in her first five games.

  • O’Donnell authored her first hat trick of the season in the victory for Team Apuzzo … She had scored just four goals in her first three games.

  • Fortunato, who netted just one goal in her first three games, put together her second straight four-goal performance in the loss for Team Moreno.

  • Growney scored a season-high four goals in the setback, including one of Team Moreno’s goals in the shootout period.

  • Team Apuzzo outshot Team Moreno by a 42-25 margin, including a commanding 25-9 clip in the second half of regulation … The squad also held a 17-8 advantage on draw controls.

 

Updated Leaderboard (through games of July 30)

RANK

CHG

ATHLETE

TOTAL PTS

WIN PTS

STAT PTS

MVP PTS

1

0

Moreno, Taylor

923

480

293

150

2

0

Apuzzo, Sam

826

565

156

105

3

1

Colson, Lizzie

663

565

98

0

4

1

Arsenault, Dempsey

660

480

180

0

5

-2

Johansen, Amanda

634

395

164

75

6

2

Glynn, Kady

597

375

162

60

7

-1

Geiersbach, Sam

593

565

28

0

8

0

Mastroianni, Ally

582

375

162

45

9

-2

Trenchard, Emma

550

480

70

0

10

4

North, Charlotte

515

360

110

45

GAME MVPS

  • #1 – Sam Apuzzo (Team Apuzzo, +45)
  • #2 – Taylor Moreno (Team Moreno, +30)
  • #3 – Kady Glynn (Team Apuzzo, +15)

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