Dave Gottenborg vaillacrosse.com
Vail Lacrosse Shootout results
July 10, 2008 —
The 36th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout ended on Sunday as champions were crowned in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite divisions. Team 21 upset Reebok 12-7 in the Men’s Elite while Dos Brisas Lax won the Women’s Elite division.
Don’t forget to check out the tournament blog on the home page of www.vaillacrosse.com and our daily batches of photos at www.vaillacrosse.com/2008/pictures.
Elite Championship – Team 21 12, Reebok 7
Team 21 trailed Reebok 3-2 at the end of one quarter of play, but won every quarter thereafter, outscoring the defending champions 10-4 over the final three stanzas to win their first Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite Championship by a score of 12-7. 21’s goaltending and defense was stellar, especially in the second half, as they held the high-scoring Reebok team to only 2 second half goals.
The Cornell-based Team 21 got a huge effort from All-Tournament members David Mitchell and John Glynn, both of whom were on top of their games throughout the tournament. Jake Meyers recorded 17 saves for the victorious Team 21, who enter the Shootout in the memory of fallen brother Mario St. George Boiardi – a Cornell lacrosse player who passed away while playing in 2004.
Glynn was exceptional throughout the tournament, using his shifty, elusive style of play to get to the goal and break down defenses. For his efforts, he was named the tournament’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. Meyers, who recorded more saves in each game as the tournament progressed, was named the Shootout’s Defensive MVP.
Team 21 did a great job shutting down Reebok’s Adam Donegar, who netted 5 goals in the semifinals. Donegar didn’t record a point in the Championship Game. Reebok had four players with 2 points in the game, including midfielders John Carrozza, Dan Fanelli and Anthony Muscarella and attackman Ryan Zordani. Team 21’s leading point-getter was Glynn, who had 3 goals and 1 assist and Christian Pastirik, who ripped home a 2-pointer to give him 3 total points on the day.
Reebok was certainly the favorite coming into the game, but Team 21 left little doubt as to who the better team was on this day and celebrated their Championship in style as the Vail Lacrosse Shootout ended its 36th year.
Other Men’s Elite News:
The Lofers completed an 8 goal comeback to defeat LaxGrip in overtime in the fifth place game while Brine Elite rode the efforts of All-Tournament face-off man John Rotolani to win the Consolation Championship over Rock-it Pocket 10-3. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear defeated AIG-LIVESTRONG for 3rd place by a score of 8-4.
3rd Place – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 8, AIG-LIVESTRONG 4
5th Place – The Lofers 13, LaxGrip 12 (ot)
7th Place – Arizona Mermen 9, Club All-Stars 5
Consolation Championship – Brine Elite 10, Rock-it Pocket 3
11th Place – Rocky Mountain Oysters 12, Team Valhalla 4
13th Place – The Generals 9, 5280/Tap Room 2
15th Place – Team Gutman beat Team Rubi Rey
17th Place – Team Black Seal 5, Footclan/Team California 1
Men’s Elite All-Tournament Team
#16 Cooper MacDonnell – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#3 Mitch McMichael – LaxGrip
#16 Peter Milliman – AIG-LIVESTRONG
#4 Adam Stifel – Reebok
#24 Matt Shearer – LaxGrip
#25 Adam Donegar – Reebok
#10 Max Ritz – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#26 Anthony Muscarella – Reebok
#19 Brian Kelly – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear
#32 Sean McCarthy – Reebok
#5 Pierce Derkac – Team 21
#3 John Rotolani – Brine Elite
Long Stick Midfielder
#11 Justin Tay – LaxGrip
#23 Doc Schneider – Reebok
#20 John Glynn – Midfield – Team 21
#14 Jake Meyers – Goalie – Team 21
Dos Brisas 14, Revolution 5 (Championship)
Led by Colorado native Carolyn Cryer, Dos Brisas breezed through the championship game leaving little doubt as to the outcome from the opening draw. Cryer, named offensive MVP scored six first half goals, while tournament MVP, Lindsay Gilbride, scored twice as Dos Brisas took a 9-2 first half lead. There was no quit in Revolution, but they were clearly over-matched by the ladies from Dos Brisas. With the outcome no longer in doubt, Dos Brisas and Revolution played a fast-paced up and down second half, as Cryer finished the game with nine goals. Revolution was lead with two goals each from Kate Dewey and Sarah Bullard as well as getting solid goalie play from Mollie Mackler who finished the game with eight saves, many from point blank range. In the end, the speed and finesse of Dos Brisas carried them to the 2008 championship.
CRSLAX 11, Lax Hut 10 (3rd Place)
In the closest game of the day, CRSLAX out lasted Lax Hut in this well played 3rd place game. CRSLAX got three goals from Katie Leland, while Lax Hut got two from Caytlin McCormick in a 6-5 first half. CRSLAX scored two early second half goals to stretch the lead to three before Lax Hut took control and took a one goal lead into the last five minutes. With under a minute and half left Lindsey Lewis scored to tie the game at 9 only to be answered by Stacey Brown to once again give Lax Hut a one goal lead. CRSLAX controlled the ensuing draw to allow Lewis to get a tying goal once again. With less than ten seconds on the clock CRSLAX made one final drive towards goal allowing Megan Burker to score the winning goal. In a losing effort Lax Hut was led by goalie Kristena Anderson and her 11 saves.
Gang Green 12, AOB 7 (5th Place)
Gang Green had a relatively easy time with AOB in the first half ending the half with a 5-2 lead. Kat Collins lead the way with three first half goals for the Gang and goalies Julie Wadland for Gang Green and Caitlin Carducci for AOB had five saves each in a half dominated by defense. The second half featured more of the same as AOB could not quite catch Gang Green. Gang Green’s Casey Hazel scored their last four second half goals and finished with a game leading five goals. Ashley Mitcheldes and Rachel Culp led AOB scores with two goals each. The final score ended with Gang Green walking away victorious.
Team 180 16, Xtreme 7 (7th Place)
Despite the efforts of the three sister combos, Team Xtreme fell to the young guns of Team 180 16-7. Team 180 was lead with four goals by Alexa Webster, while Team Xtreme got four goals from All-Tournament Team Beth Calder. Team 180 scored early and often and this game was never in doubt.
1. Dos Brisas
4. Lax Hut
5. Gang Green
7. Team 180
8. Team Xtreme
1. Merrill Lynch ReLaxers
2. Colorado Chillax
3. Team Wild
5. Lax World Colorado
7. QC Lax
8. Tap Room
Sarah Bullard Revolution
Greta Meyer Gang Green
Kriti Dave Revolution
Beth Calder Team Xtreme
Nikki Kucharski Team 180
Jess Adam Dos Brisas
Laruen Uhr AOB
Stacey Saggesse Team Xtreme
Amanda Hughes CRSLAX
Aimee Dixon Revolution
Julie Wadland (Goalie) Gang Green
Offensive MVP: Caroline Cryer Dos Brisas
Defensive MVP: Rowas Smith Gang Green
Tournament MVP: Lindsay Gilbride Dos Brisas
Coach: Janet Holdsworth Minnesota
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