Colorado wins to advance; Salmon keep Jammin’
VAIL – On a cloudless summer morning Tahlia Naumberg summed it up. “It’s those that want it more,” she said as Harrow Team Colorado exploded in the third quarter for six-unanswered goals against The Backyard Allstars/Dulles in a 15-4 win.
With the performance the second-seeded squad of the tourney moves forward to an 11 a.m. date in the semifinals of the Men’s Elite Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout with Lax.Com/Team Mercury.
Colorado’s aggressive attack was led by Bill Edell with four goals and one assist and the duo of Randy Fraser and Adam Stifel who had two goals apiece.
But as any fan knows, you live and die by your defense.
“I thought that our defense played great,” said Colorado coach Max Caulkins. “But we’ll see how it goes tomorrow”
With a roster that includes Syracuse attackman John Zulberti as well as many other tough customers from the team that won it all in 2001, Mercury promises to give Colorado a run for its money in today’s game at Ford Field.
While Colorado embodied the kind of hard-hitting take-it-to the net lacrosse that makes the Shootout the best in lax tourney in the world, you also have to consider the spirit that brought The Backyard Allstars/Dulles to Vail this summer.
“I’ve been coming to the tournament for 15 years,” said Allstars’ Matt Peterson. “We call ourselves The Backyard Allstars because everyon’s an all-star in their own backyard.”
While the Allstars aren’t lacking for talent (the team is anchored by Vail
Shootout veterans Mark Grilo, Dave Deriso and Mike Talarico), the focus is, Peterson, says, “guys who we can hang with off the field.”
It’s a vibe whith which Rocket-It Pocket coach and Shootout founder Flip Naumberg, who saw his team come up short 13-7 against a much sharper Jammin’ Salmon team can relat.
“I like the way the tournament has redefined itself,” said Naumberg. “Its
become the premiere club tournament in the nation.”
One of those clubs is the Colorado State Rams college squad. The USLIA national champions from in 1999, 2001 and 2003, the Rams fielded many of the players on this year’s Rocket-it Pocket team.
Playing with a frenzied intensity to open the second half, Rocket-It Pocket scored two quick goals to pull withing one point of the Salmon before eventually conceding the contest in the fourth quarter as the Salmon closed out a tough afternoon match at Ford Park.
Anchoring the victory for the Salmon was Joe High who scored three times for the Salmon, while racking up one assist.
With the win, the tournament’s No. 1-seed advances to a crucial Saturday game that puts them in the driver’s seat as the tournament heads into the final rounds.