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Michael Robinson scored three goals to lead Culver Military Academy (IN) to a 9-5 victory over Hill Academy (Ontario) Sunday in Victory Events Series’ National Prep Lacrosse Championship at Widener University.
Cameron Chauvette added two goals and an assist for the Eagles (20-1), who avenged a loss to Hill in last year’s title game.
Owen Hiltz posted a goal and two assists while Jake DeMare David Anderson and Sammy English also scored. Alec Stathakis lost only one faceoff.
Culver entered the 8-team tourney as the No. 1 team in North America in the Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour Rankings. Hill Academy was No. 3.
“We were ready for this game,” Culver head coach Jon Posner said. “Winning this championship has been our focus since last August.”
Dyson Williams scored three goals for the Pride (13-2), while Adam Poitras scored twice.
Robinson delivered his hat trick in the first half to help the Eagles snap a 1-1 tie with four consecutive goals.
“We thought about this game all season,” said Robinson, a 2019 midfielder who has signed with Delaware. “We understood what it would take to get back, and we really executed on gameday.”
Robinson opened the scoring 43 seconds into the game. Williams quickly responded for Hill Academy to force a 1-1 tie. However, Culver responded with a four-goal flurry. DeMare’s goal with 5:39 left in the second quarter put his team ahead 5-1.
“Michael was huge,” Posner said of Robinson. “He was our MVP. He plays hard all the time. He normally competes at a different level. He’s a warrior.”
Down 5-2 at halftime, Pride head coach Brodie Merrill urged his team to score the next goal to get back in the game. But English’s tally idway through the third quarter opened a four-goal advantage for the Eagles.
“The outcome is disappointing,” Merrill said. But I’m proud of our effort. That being said, there were a couple key stretches where we could not find our game of take advantage of some opportunities.”
You may watch video broadcasts of both semifinals and the championship on laxsportsnetwork.com.
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