Culver Military Academy captured its second consecutive North American Lacrosse Invitational title with a 19-10 victory over The Hill Academy May 19. The victory also avenged one of Culver’s two losses this season when The Hill beat the Eagles, 15-10, on the same field at Brother Rice in Detroit.
The team advanced to the championship with a 17-5 victory over Upper Arlington (Ohio) on May 18. The two victories moved CMA to No. 5 in the nation in the Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour Poll and No. 7 in the US Lacrosse/Nike poll. The Eagles are also the top team in the Midwest
CMA first classman Zach Currier (Petersborough, Ontario) led the Eagles with nine goals and five assists on the weekened. He was named the tournament’s most valuable player and led the all-invitational team.
Other Eagles scoring during the invitational were Joel Tinney ’14 (eight goals/four assists), Pierre Byrne ’14 (seven/four), Riley Thompson ’14 (four/five), Dawson McKenzie ’15 (four/three), P.J. Bogle ’14 (two/two), and Dean Ferris ’13, Austin Spencer ’13, and Ryan Coulter ’14 with one goal each. Goalie Michael Calvello ’14 had 10 saves and Nic Peterson ’14 had four over the two games.
Currier has also been named an Under Armour All-American. He will play for the south team in the Under Armour All-America Classic on July 6.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m. Currier will continue his playing and educational career at Princeton next year.
CMA was the No. 2 seed in the tournament behind The Hill. Upper Arlington was the third seed and Brother Rice was No. 4.
This is the third year for the tournament, which features some of the top talent in the Midwest, upstate New York, and Canada. Teams included CMA; The Hill Academy (Ontario); Brother Rice and Detroit Country Day from Michigan; Western Reserve, Dublin Jerome, Upper Arlington, and Archbishop Moeller from Ohio; New Trier and Loyola Academy from Illinois; and Bishop Timon-St. Jude from New York.