The Boys Ultimate team competed in the Philadelphia Regional Championships this weekend, coming in second in the region and qualifying for the State Championships on Memorial Day weekend!
The two day tournament saw SLA square off on Saturday morning against Strath Haven to start off pool play. The Rockets were looking to avenge a loss at the Philadelphia Invitational, and they came out firing on all cylinders. SLA jumped out to a 5-1 lead against Strath Haven and the Rockets never looked back winning 13-5. Next, SLA got the shutout against Methacton, beating them 13-0. Holy Ghost Prep was next, and they pushed the Rockets hard before finally falling 12-9. Finally, SLA beat long-time rivals Radnor 11-9 in a thrilling game that saw six lead changes before SLA finally took the lead for good at 9-8.
Sunday morning saw the Rockets take on Haverford High in the semi-finals. Haverford came out strong, taking a 4-1 lead against SLA. But the Rockets turned on the jets and turned up the defense, going on a 12-2 run to win the game 13-6. This set up a rematch against Pennsbury HS. The Rockets had lost two one-point games to Pennsbury earlier this year, and the 25th ranked team in the nation has proven time and again how tough they could. Sunday's game was no exception as Pennsbury came back from a three point deficit to win 11-10.
Despite the loss, the Rockets go to states with their best finish in the region ever, and they stand with a 27-6 record for the spring season. For the tournament, SLA was led by senior Nate Little with 21 goals and eight blocks and junior Eli Zimmerman with 21 assists. Now, the Rockets take on Masterman on Wednesday, May 9th at 31st and Chestnut for their Senior Night game before gearing up for States!