Day 1 at the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational was full of surprises – at least to me. Here they are:
Brophy (AZ) 7
Brophy has been tough in prior Langkammerer contests. Slight surprise to me that the Bells won by 3.
St. Margaret's Episcopal 15
Sacred Heart Prep 13
A mild surprise surprise of the Langkammerer to me. I knew St, Margaret's was tough, but so is SHP. Outstanding performance by the Central Coast Section power! Coach Glen Miles, a legendary NCAA DI 3x AA at the Naval Academy, winner of the Laughlin Midfielder of the Year, and member of the 1990 USA World team, is moving, already good St. Margaret's, to new heights!
Marin Catholic 13
Lincoln (OR) 3
This was the only match yesterday that didn't surprise me. Lincoln is having a bit of a down year, and MC, under Will McGettigan, is now a powerhouse.
St. Ignatius 11
Redwood 10 (OT)
Biggest surprise of the Langkammerer. I knew the LaxPower ratings differential between these two was minuscule, but I did not expect the Giants to take the Wildcats to OT. In fact, the Wildcats were losing, 10-9 – when, with three seconds remaining, Peter Aliman scored to tie it up. NCAA DI Holy Cross commit Jack McGovern, arguably SI's top Close D, didn't play yesterday after needing five stitches to close a cut on the bridge of his nose. SI needs him on the field.
I have a newfound respect for the Giants. Dave Grose, whose career includes 3 ACC Championships, 2 DI Final Fours, and a founding coach of the Alcatraz Outlaws, has turned the Giants into a powerhouse!