Hill Academy Tops Navy Prep to Win 1st PG Cup

This past weekend marked the inaugural Post-Graduate Cup, where four teams competed to take home the coveted Newport Cup. For the first time, Army Prep, Bridgton Academy, Navy Prep, and The Hill Academy of Toronto, Ontario got together to square off for the championship.

In the semifinal match-ups, Navy Prep beat Bridgton Academy to secure a birth in the final, and The Hill Academy won a hard fought battle against Army Prep, eventually taking the win with a score of 18-13, to secure their spot in the championship. The game had back and forth action with Army Prep threatening to tie up the score several times, but The Hill would take back the momentum to stay in control.

Both teams had great offensive execution, but the Hill Academy rode the outstanding performance of Warren Hill in the net and the shutdown-defense of standout Connor Hoult. The Hill had balanced scoring led by midfielder Bryan Cole, attackman Chad Tutton and Reilly O'Connor and Patrick Corbett controlled the face-offs to give the offense a few more chances.

Championship Match: Hill PG vs. Navy Prep

After a quick turnaround for both teams, the Hill Academy led off with a goal by Bryan Cole and never looked back. The Hill Academy won by a score of 10-4 in what turned out to be a very physical match-up. Navy prep gave a solid effort throughout the contest but The Hill dictated the pace of the game from the first goal to the last few seconds on the clock. Once again, Warren Hill led the defense with a stellar effort in the cage and Jacob Ruest stepped up his performance to command the balanced attack.

Both schools showcased their talent and left it all on the line as this was their last contest before moving on to their respective post-secondary schools. The weekend turned out to be a great success and the PG Cup will become a new lacrosse tradition for the post-graduate programs in North America.

This was The Hill Academy's first time playing together for a title and it was clear that these young men were not only playing for each other, but for their families, their coaches and most importantly to bring back the first championship trophy to their Hill family in Toronto.

Note: The Newport Cup is named in honor of Lt. Brendan Looney, a former Navy Lacrosse player who courageously served and tragically died in Afghanistan. He was a graduate of NAPS.

2011-05-13



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