Fifth-seeded Top Cheese pulled a shocker last night with three straight upsets — including a gritty 3-1 defensive win over top-seeded Wi Nots in the semifinals — to capture the 2014 Fiery Cup in the high school HOTT Lax playoffs tonight at festive Bagley Field. Spencer Dollman led the Top Cheese’s league-best offense with 6 goals and 2 assists on the night, with scoring help from Brian Miller, Aaron Blake, Lucas Duncan, and Talon Terry, but it was the aggressive defense of Ethan Chisholm, Brenan Romero, and John Lindstrom in front of goalie Jacob Freeman(12 saves, 67% saves) that turned out to be the difference in the impressive run to glory. The title game pitted Top Cheese against the up tempo Fire Breathers, the 2nd seed, but the defense kept things close before Dollman, Miller, and Duncan provided a key boost with
unselfish offensive play to account for the 7-3 final. Of interest in the final was the matchup of two of the league’s top freshman — undersized middies Eric Miller of Top Cheese and Aaron Harrell of Fire Breathers — who proved that they can compete with the “big” boys. Congratulations to Top Cheese Head Coach Erick “Boogie” Smith and the team-oriented, work ethic culture he developed with his resilient team. Top Cheese led the league in two categories that the Blackhawks emphasize — assists and ground balls — and it proved key in a magical playoff run. Congrats Top Cheese!