#5 St. Sebastian’s (MA) vs. #4 The Hill Academy (ON), 1:00 p.m.
The tournament’s opening game will be a rematch of one of last year’s semifinals that saw The Hill come out victorious 12-10. St. Sebastian’s will be looking for revenge and will rely on a talented returning squad to get the job done. The midfield will be key as it controls the pace of the game against a Hill team that has talent at every level. St. Sebastian’s Will Frisoli (Harvard), William Plansky (Maryland) and Mattew DeSisto (Holy Cross) are the three to watch as they are able to stop an opposing team’s attack and start their own in the blink of an eye. They will rely on attackmen Michael Swirbalus (Duke) and Brian Piatelli (Cornell) to finish the job. The Hill enters the tournament with a 3-game win streak that was capped off by defeating #1 Culver Military Academy 10-9. The defense has been fortified as of late making it nearly impossible to get open shots on goal thanks in part to senior Jake Saunders (Richmond), junior Zach Young (North Carolina) and goalie Brett Dobson (St. Bonaventure). This solid defense has led to the ability of attackman Dyson Williams (Duke) to get shots on goal. The teams share a common opponent in IMG Academy (FL) whom St. Sebastian’s defeated 8-7 and the Hill fell to 21-15.