Mesa 2019 wins AA crown at Patriot Games

Updated: July 19, 2015

Late in the third period of today’s 2019 AA championship game in the Patriot Games at New Hope-Solebury High Kyle Gucwa took a feed from Zach Augustine of a perfect transition goal to give Mesa Fresh 2019 a 4-1 lead over HEADstrong North. The goal held up as Mesa Fresh claimed a 4-3 win and its first tournament championship. It also typified the passing-oriented play Mesa is known for. “We are drilled to not dodge,” said Gucwa, who will attend Bishop Shanahan. “Coach (Pat Carney) want is to run the offense and pass the ball. I think all our goals came off assists. “He wants us to take 90 percent shots. If you get a 50 percent shot, don’t take it; it probably means that if you move the ball to somebody else they will have a 90 percent shot.”

Gucwa said the Mesa defense was the key to the team’s overall success. Mesa Fresh allowed just nine goals in five wins. “The defense was lights out,” he said. Added defenseman Dean Costalis (Spring-Ford): “Coach is always pushing us to compete against each other. I think pushing the ball and not being selfish are the biggest reasons we were successful. We want to be nasty off ball and cut a lot while always trying to attack. Also, our face-off guys, Gavin McGill and Evan Waitte were great.”

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