Baltimore wins back-to-back titles |

Baltimore wins back-to-back titles

Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado
LAX High School PU 6-30-07

AVON Its Crab season again in Eagle County.The Baltimore Crabs made it back-to-back Vail Lacrosse Shootout titles in the high school boys division with an 11-6 win against Arizona on Saturday at Nottingham Park in Avon.Its great, Baltimore coach Rick Brocato said. Last year, we had a talented team, and we beat Team Colorado in a really close game. This year, this group really exceeded expectations. To win against this type of competition going away is pretty amazing.Though the Crabs had a complete turnover from last years championship team, they had plenty of college-bound talent to fill the empty shoes.Its real nice to do that, said Nick Elsmo, who is off to the University of Virginia in the fall. We are all friends with the guys from last year. We came out here and heard them telling us to defend the title for Baltimore. It was really a lot of fun.

Baltimore closed up shop early on Arizona, which was making its first title-game appearance. The Crabs burst out to a 6-1 lead in the first quarter on goals by D.J. Hessler, Travis Reed, Brett Weiss, Chris Clements, Elsmo and Justin Donati.We said we hadnt played our A-game all tournament, Brocato said. We had been about a B-minus. We really challenged the guys to bring their A-game. In the first half, they showed it.Mostly it was our transition game, Arizona coach Dave Gerbarg said. But theyre a good team. They shoot really well. Our goalie was playing a great first half. He didnt have much of a chance on most of those shots.Arizonas Colby Wilson, Chip Young and Keith Lee had two scores each to make it a contest.This is my fourth year coaching here, Gerbarg said. We took an under-17 team which didnt make it to the winners bracket the first year, and weve been progressively getting better each year. Second place this year is an extremely positive step.

M&D knocked off the Heros, 9-3, on Saturday at Freedom Park in Edwards in the girls high school final to win its second Vail Lacrosse Shootout title.With the Crabs winning the boys crown, Maryland captured both high school titles.The Heros were the defending Shootout champions.Today, the mens and womens elite competitions begin in Vail and Edwards.

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