Bringing the good game back home
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS ” When Colorado players come back home for the Vail Lacrosse Shootout, they bring plenty of good company with them.
“The trend seems to be that at least one Colorado player on each team attracts people out here to play,” said Margo Duke, captain of the Greene Turtle team.
Duke, the Kent Denver high school alum who played for Dartmouth College, has taken part of the women’s Vail Lacrosse Shootout before, but decided to take on the role of player and organizer this season.
“I sent out an e-mail to see if people were interested and got some good feedback,” Duke said. “For most of the girls, this is their first time even being in Colorado.”
For other Coloradans, like Brooke McKenzie, the recruiting wasn’t too difficult either. McKenzie, who went to Cherry Creek high school, played at James Madison University and now coaches at George Mason University, put together the Lockton Loaded squad.
“It’s fun bringing all of my connections from lacrosse onto one team,” McKenzie said. “I either know them from high school, college, or where I coach.”
Both Lockton Loaded and Greene Turtle started pool play with wins on Sunday, setting up a showdown for what could the first-place match for their “C” pool this morning.
Two-time defending champions ReLAXers, returning only a small portion of last year’s squad, won both of its games Sunday to lead the “A” pool.
In the “B” pool, East-West Sports and the Outlaws each their only games and will square off this morning in what will be one of the more exciting contests.
Along with the usual top teams, there was a solid new contender in the Revolution Lacrosse team, which went 2-0 in the “D” pool.
“We have a handful of high school and youth programs, so all these kids are our (camp) staff or kids who went through the program,” said Revolution Lacrosse coach Lukas Cash. “It’s fun to watch them from when they were freshman in high school to now freshman and sophomores in college.”
Cash said his Boston-based Revolution Lacrosse squad had a few extra-hard practices at sea level to prepare for the altitude of the Vail Valley.
One team afforded no practice together was the ad hoc squad put in place Monday to replace to NYAC group that backed out at the last minute.
“We already had 16 teams set up, and it would have been a hassle (to have 15), so I needed to scramble and find players,” said organizer Michelle Secor, who took to the field for the replacement team against the East-West Sports team.
Half of the 16 teams played two games Sunday, with Gang Green joining Revolution Lacrosse as the other undefeated in the “D” pool.
After pool play finishes up today in Edwards and Vail, the top two teams from each pool crossover for the quarterfinals and semifinals Tuesday.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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