Two of Arizona’s best lacrosse teams found out the competition gets tougher away from home.
Brophy College Prep traveled to San Francisco last weekend to test their skill against teams in the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational, while Arizona State made a recent trip to Portland, Ore.
Neither trip went as planned.
Brophy, undefeated this season, is a high school lacrosse power in the state. The Broncos, the 2007 and 2008 state champions, have won their games this year with an average margin of victory of nine goals. ASU is the fourth-ranked team in the country.
The Sun Devils lost their match-up with No. 22 Simon Fraser Clan, 14-7, which dropped ASU’s record to 8-3. After a 1-0 lead early on a goal by Stephen Turner, ASU fell behind and trailed at the half, 4-2, and then found themselves in a deep hole, as Fraser took a seven-goal lead into the fourth quarter. The Devils never recovered.
Fraser outshot the Devils 48-39, but ASU got quality offense from junior attackman Eric Nelson, who had 2 goals and an assist. Tyler and Ryan Westfall had one goal apiece, as did Turner, Anthony LaFlam, and Kevin Sanders.
Brophy (9-1) was beaten by St. Ignatius Prep, 14-11, as St. Ignatius (10-2) jumped on the Broncos early, scoring the first goal in the opening minute and then quickly expanding the lead to 5-1.
Brophy came back with a 4-1 run to cut the lead to 6-5, but St. Ignatius held a 9-6 advantage at the half. As the second half opened, the Wildcats went on another run, 4-0, to build a large lead, despite some poor play late in the game when Brophy mounted a rally, resulting in 11 turnovers.
Brophy’s senior attackman, Adam Fishman, had two goals and three assists in the losing effort.