One has to imagine that it’s particularly intimidating to shoot on Tommy Kempton, a 6’1, 225-pound senior who doubles as an All-Long Island linebacker on the gridiron. Covering up a ton of space in cage and using quick hands and innate fearlessness, Kempton resembles Scotty Rodgers all the way down to the No. 42 jersey.
With 15 saves over county rival Farmingdale (N.Y.) on Friday, Kempton earned G3 Lacrosse / Recruiting Rundown Goalie of the Week honors. He was huge in the final minutes, making a clutch save off his forearm with seconds left to give the Chiefs a momentum-building 10-9 victory after back-to-back one-goal losses to Chaminade and Syosset. ‘Pequa will have two more games against sub .500 opponents before the postseason begins.
G3 Lacrosse was founded in 2011 to expand the vision and passion for the game of lacrosse and the goaltending position. The initial focus of G3 is meticulous instruction and development of the goaltender position across the sport. Their mission is to utilize the game of lacrosse to teach young goaltenders about the core values that will serve to lead and influence them long after their lacrosse careers come to an end. The ultimate goal of G3 is to foster an appreciation for the opportunities the game of lacrosse provides and develop an understanding of how lessons learned in this game correlate to life outside of the playing field. In addition to growing the lacrosse player on the field through an array of new, innovative and instructional drills and techniques, G3 Lacrosse also strives to manifest the growth in every young man and woman that has the privilege to play this great game. G3 Lacrosse is directed by current MLL and Division 1 goaltenders & coaches John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman, and Kip Turner.
Kempton, who will play football at Buffalo State next year, took matters into his own hands in the second half. MSGVarsity.com’s Laura Amato highlighted him at length in an excellent game recap:
“It was a standout day for Kempton, not only on that final shot attempt, but throughout the matchup as the senior racked up a handful of key saves, particularly throughout the second half.
Kempton finished the day with 15 saves, including a trio in the final moments of the third quarter to preserve an 8-8 tie and allow his teammates an opportunity to try and seize the lead.
“Tom Kempton kept us in it the whole game,” said Massapequa coach Tim Radomski. “He made some great saves, point-blank saves. He was the one. He was the key today for the victory. You can’t ask for anything better from a goalie in this situation, a big game, and he was our MVP of the game.”
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