Make Good Choices, Drive Safe + Play Lacrosse
AJO4LAX is a non-profit organization that helps promote Teen Safe Driving initiatives and smarter teen choices through fund raising efforts tied to the promotion of youth and high school lacrosse in Georgia.
We annually hold events and tournaments to raise funds used to promote making better choices in life and while driving. Funds raised sponsor scholarships and grants involving lacrosse in memory of our son, Andrew.
2016 AJO4LAX FEST RECAP – Thanks Atlanta Lacrosse Community!
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Approximately 1100 people came out throughout the day under cloudy skies to watch 5 high school games at the 2016 AJO4LAX Fest. This year’s event was a great success in raising funds to help lacrosse teens Make Good Choices and Drive Safely. The Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund hosted this event for the 10th consecutive year slating games involving 7 of the top 10 ranked teams from Georgia in sanctioned games beginning at 10am. The following is a recap of the game action:
Cambridge 12 – Woodward 4 – A game with an early start ended early as Cambridge dominated Woodward in the 1st quarter. The Bears scored five goals in the first six minutes and took a 6-0 lead into the second quarter and eventually winning 12-4. Goalie Ben Clark (Bucknell) had 7 saves while playing only the 1st half and midfielder Jamie Wilkins (Tampa) earned MVP honors with 2 goals and 1 assist. Zach Furr and Will Britain both added 2 goals for the Bears.
Walton 14 – Johns Creek 13 3 OTs – Harrison Mills brought home MVP honors as the sophomore earned it scoring five goals, including the OT game winner, and also adding 1 assist to round out his day. This was a back and forth game with both teams taking and losing leads. Walton went up 7-5 at the half and came out hot in the third quarter building a 4 goal lead, but the Gladiators fought back behind junior John Hennessy. Hennessy, normally a midfielder, was moved to attack in the third quarter and led the Gladiators with 3 goals and 5 assists on the day. However it was Walton leading heading into the 4th 10-9. Walton built their lead to 13-9 but again Johns Creek battled back to tie it up and send it into OT. Goalie play and struggles clearing the ball highlighted the first two overtimes as goalies Carson Roberts for Walton and Hyatt Sanchez for Johns Creek both made multiple saves and Roberts got help by the crossbar before Mills finally snuck one past Sanchez in the third OT. Senior Ryan Roegge assisted Mills on the game winner and finished the game with 3 points adding 2 goals in transition. Also leading Walton were Justin Peterman (2/1) and Will Meindeers (2 G’s). Hennessey was supported for Johns Creek by Griffin Goggans (2/1), Blake Elson (2 G’s) and Sean Monahan (2 G’s).
Lambert 14 – Lovett 2 – What many thought would be the best game of the day quickly turned into a blowout as Lambert jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back leading 8-1 at the half. Lambert was led by sophomore midfielder Jonny DiVirgilio who finished the day with four goals and earned MVP honors. Senior midfielder Matt O’Rourk (Air Force) and Grant Plaugher both added two goals for Lambert. The matchup most looked forward to at the X was a good one but advantage was clearly in the favor of Lambert and Robert Morris bound Trey Arnold. Freshman attackman Cooper Higgins scored both goals for Lovett.
Centennial 19 – Harrison 8 – Nicky Solomon (UNC) led the Knights with five goals and four assists on his way to MVP honors. Helping Centennial, besides Solomon, were sophomore Colin Hall with 3 goals and 3 assists and freshman Ryan Siracusa who had 6 goals and 2 assists. Centennial only led 3-1 after the first quarter as Harrison slowed down the game by holding possession in the settled 6 on 6. Centennial built a big lead in the second quarter but Harrison midfielder Nick Rockefeller tallied back to back goals to keep the Hoyas within striking distance at half, 9-4. Rockefeller would finish the day with three goals and an assist. The third quarter belonged to the Knights as they scored seven goals and led 16-6 after 3. Evan Beadle added 2 goals for the Hoyas.
Pope 9 – Westminster 8 – The final game of the day was a see-saw battle with Pope jumping out to a 3-1 lead after the 1st and leading 4-3 at the half behind goals by Matt Johnson (2), Sam Metzinger and Matt Oswald. Westminster fought back in the 3rd and took the lead 7-6 after Q3 behind Jack Patton (2/1), Cope Fitzharris (3 G’s) and Logan Devereaux (Loyola – 3 assists). The teams traded goals early in the 4th and Westminster led 8-7 with just over 5 minutes left. After a save and outlet by Michael Oswald, Pope’s Sam Metzinger scored on a fast break to tie it up at 8-8. The goal was assisted by Matt Oswald. Less than a minute later the Greyhounds played a two-man game on the wing and Cole Tyson found Sam Borel for the game-winner. Westminster had several good shots in the last 3 minutes but Michael Oswald made 3 good saves and Pope held on to win. Midfielder Matt Johnson joined Metzinger with three goals on the evening, with Metzinger also adding 3 assists. This was the 1st and only time that Michael and Matt Oswald will play together in the event honoring their brother, Andrew, making it a special day for the Oswald family. Michael Oswald (16 saves) and Sam Metzinger shared the MVP honor in this game.
2016 AJO4LAX FEST AT POPE HS
10am – Cambridge vs. Woodward
Noon – Walton vs. Johns Creek
2pm – Lovett vs. Lambert
4pm – Centennial vs. Harrison
6pm – Pope vs. Westminster
Thanks to Vivian Pritts and the Wheeler girl’s lacrosse team for creating this cool Kickoff video for our event!
2015 AJO4LAX FEST RECAP
Approximately 1500 people came out throughout the day under beautiful, sunny skies to watch 5 high school games at the 2015 AJO4LAX Fest. This year’s event was a great success in raising funds to help lacrosse teens Make Good Choices and Drive Safely. The Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund hosted this event for the 9th consecutive year and couldn’t have dreamed of better matchups, slating games involving 9 of the top 15 ranked teams from Georgia in sanctioned games beginning at 10am. The following is a recap of the game action with team state rankings in parentheses:
(Rank) Team Score
(10) Northview 12 – (11) Lassiter 11 – This game kicked off at 10am and Lassiter jumped to a quick 8-2 lead after the first quarter with Pierce Smith leading the Lassiter charge with 4 goals. Northview made a goalie change at the end of the quarter but Lassiter scored the 1st goal in the 2nd quarter to take a 9-2 lead. From that point forward Northview began to chip away at the lead behind Matt Biondich (Army commit) and Justin Westbrook on offense and the goaltending of freshman goalie, Noah Johnson. Northview went on a 9-2 run to tie the game with 4:30 left in the 4th quarter and scored the game winner with 3:30 left. Noah Johnson made multiple saves in the last 3 minutes and was named the MVP after holding the Trojans to 3 goals in the last 3 quarters.
(3) Centennial 15 – (7) Lovett 14 – Lovett pulled out to a fast lead in the first quarter behind FOGO Crosby Matthews and the scoring of Hughes Moffett and Murphy Lee and led 5-4 after 1. In Q2 they extended their lead to 10-4 midway through the quarter with additional offense coming from Baily Taylor and Jeremy and Justin Garr. Centennial slowly came back and went in at halftime down only 11-9. Nate Solomon, Zach Levy (Army commit) and Matt Chase were integral in bringing Centennial back on the offensive end. Centennial came out in the 2nd half and switched to a zone defense, challenging the Lovett team to shoot from the outside. Behind the offense of Syracuse-bound Nate Solomon, the Knights came back and took the lead at the end of Q3, 14-13. Lovett tied it in the 4th and then Solomon scored to put Centennial up 15-14 and the Knights goalie, Austin Skorb, made several late saves (and finished with a record, 31 saves) as they held on for the win. Solomon was named the MVP, finishing with 7 goals and 1 assist.
(4) Roswell 12 – (2) Lambert 11 – In a rematch of the 2014 6A championship game Roswell continued the fast start theme of the day, breaking out to a 7-1 first quarter lead over Lambert behind Garrett Blake’s 2 goals and 3 assists. Lambert continued the comeback theme of the day and held Roswell scoreless in Q2 behind goaltender Garret Gomez (Furman committ) and drew back within 2 at the half, 7-5. Jake Stanford and Matt O’Rourk led the Lambert comeback offensively. Roswell was able to get their offense going again in the 3rd quarter behind Jack Pigott and built their lead to 9-6 after 3. Lambert fought back in the fourth quarter and draw even at 11-11 but Roswell scored late to garner the 12-11 win! Garrett Blake was named the MVP finishing with 3 goals and 3 assists.
(8) Westminster 11 – (15) Harrison 10 OT – This game was no different than the 1st three with Harrison starting quick and jumping out to an early lead and Westminster battling back to get within 5-4 after the 1st quarter. The second quarter was even and Harrison held their 1-goal lead at 6-5 as they went in for halftime. Harrison was led offensively by Zach Danneman and Lucas Wittenberg (Mercer commit). Blake Davis led Westminster in scoring in the first half with 2 goals and 1 assists. Westy broke out of their doldrums in the 3rd quarter, scoring 4 goals and holding Harrison to 2, taking the lead 9-8 after 3. But again, as every game went on this day, the teams stayed within 1 goal of each other and ended regulation tied at 10-10. The game ended with Cole Haverty (Air Force commit) dodging from up top and feeding sophomore, Jack Patton on the wing who then dodged to the center and beat the Harrison goalie up high from about 8 yards out for the OT game winner. Patton finished the day with 3 goals and was named the MVP of the game.
(17) Walton 10 – (5) Pope 7 – Walton continued the fast-start trend of the day jumping out to a 5-0 lead on region opponent and Fest host, Pope after the first quarter behind the offense from Justin Peterman, Ryan Roegge and Bennett Kaufman. They built on their lead in Q2 and behind the goaltending of Rutger Colt IV (Mt St. Mary’s commit), shut out the Pope offense in the 1st half, taking a commanding 9-0 lead. Pope made adjustments at halftime and came out in the 3rd quarter and scored 3 quick goals, led by Tyler Borko (Colorado College commit) and Zach Lynch. Walton got one and Pope added another and the quarter ended with Walton up 10-4. Pope dominated at the faceoff X all game winning 19 of 21 and continued the comeback in the 4th quarter scoring 3 goals in 3 minutes to draw within 10-7 with 9 minutes to go. The final 9 minutes were led by the goalies as neither gave up a goal through the remainder of the game. Ryan Roegge had 4 goals to pace the offense and Colt was named the game MVP finishing with 14 saves to lead Walton to the 10-7 victory.
2015 AJO4LAX FEST Game Results – March 21, 2015 – Thanks to the Atlanta Lacrosse community for coming out and supporting our event!
Northview 12 Lassiter 11 – View Pix Here
Centennial 15 Lovett 14 – View Pix Here
Roswell 12 Lambert 11 – View Pix Here
Westminster 11 Harrison 10 OT – View Pix Here – View Game Winning Goal Here
Walton 10 Pope 7 – View Pix Here – Read Article Here
2014 Game Summaries Here – Student Sports AJO4LAX Recaps