Day 2: Meet the contenders
VAIL – Ready for some bracketology, baby?OK, unoriginal Dick Vitale references aside, Saturday’s Women’s Elite action at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout was all about seperating the contenders from the pretenders as championship bracket play got under way in the afternoon. Locally sponsored Team Pazzo’s, Team Ohio and Team Chicago were eliminated from title contention. The remaining eight, including unbeatens Breakaway, the ReLAXers and Team Wild, remain in the hunt, with semifinal games scheduled today at 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. The earlier semifinal is in Edwards, the latter at the Vail Athletic Field.Pazzo’s, the 11th and final seed in the Women’s Elite field, lost to Pool-B winner Team Wild, 15-4, in Vail. With the win, the Middlebury alumni team that is Team Wild earned a matchup with Pool A runner-up Fubar today at 9 a.m. in Edwards.”We want to win it,” Team Wild’s Meg Bonney said after the win over Pazzo’s, in which she finished with a hat trick. “Last year, we really didn’t have any Middlebury players. This year, it’s all Middlebury, so we’re hoping to be a lot better.”Bonney’s teammate Char Glasser, a former Division III All American who had two goals against Pazzo’s, echoed her teammates comments.”We want to win the whole thing. We’re going all the way baby,” she said. “Obviously, we’re here to have fun and enjoy ourselves, but we’re also very competitive.”Wild’s Pool B conquest came via a 15-8 win over Team Ohio Friday, followed by a close 9-7 win over Rammit Saturday morning.Fubar, whose lone loss came against the ReLAXers Friday in a 17-1 rout, avoided a first-round game after beating Pazzo’s, 10-3, earlier in the day.The other championship-bracket game Saturday in Vail was a 17-1 win for Rammit, the runner-up to Team Wild in Pool B, over Chicago.The CSU club team – the same squad who finished runner-up to Cal-Poly in this year’s club national championship – also has designs on making a run for the title, like Team Wild. Included in those plans, said Rammit’s Lindsay Brown, would ideally be a rematch with Wild, who edged Rammit, 9-7, in the two team’s final pool game Saturday morning in Edwards.”I’d like to see them again because we definitely played better in this game (against Chicago) than we did against them,” Brown said. “I think we just had more confidence and we were a little more energetic. Now that we’ve won, we’re going to play together.”Brown, who finished with four goals and an assist against Chicago, said the only bad thing about advancing Saturday was that it meant her team earned a 10:15 a.m. game in Edwards today against Pool C runner-up 20 Somethin’.
If Saturday night turned out to be anything like Friday night, Brown said, then it could translate into a sluggish morning.”That may be a problem,” she said, smirking. “We’ll see.”The other championship bracket game Satuday took place in Edwards. The third-place teams in Pool C and Pool B, Team Ohio and Detroit, delivered the most competitive game of the three, with Detroit moving on with a 10-7 win.The win assured a showdown with the undefeated ReLAXers today at 10:15 a.m. at the Vail Athletic Field.The ReLAXers and top overall seed, Breakaway, who both earned first-round byes in the championship bracket, appear to be the two squads veering toward a championship game matchup.But, after No. 1-seeded Mammoth lost in Men’s Elite action Saturday, the possibility of an upset is very real, especially after Breakaway just edged out Detroit in its final pool game Saturday, 6-5.One thing is for certain: with defending champ Team Harrow not at this year’s shootout, a new champion will be crowned.The ReLAXers, following wins over Pazzo’s and Fubar Friday, rolled in their only pool game Saturday, a 16-4 disassembling of the CU Buffs.Other teams to get first-round championship bracket byes were the Buffs, who play Breakaway today at 9:10 a.m. at the Vail Athletic Field, Fubar and 20 Somethin’.Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.Correction: Saturday’s game story on Breakaway incorrectly labeled the alumni team from William Smith College as an alumni team from William and Mary. The ReLAXers are the team primarily made up of William and Mary alumni.
Glance:Saturday’s scoresPool playFubar 10, Pazzo’s 3Team Wild 9, Rammit 720 Somethin’ 16, Chicago 4Breakaway 5, Detroit 5ReLAXers 16, CU Buffs 4Ohio 12, Pazzo’s 5Championship bracketTeam Wild 15, Team Pazzo’s 4Rammit 17, Chicago 1Detroit 10, Ohio 7
Sunday’s Championship bracket gamesNo. 8 CU Buffs vs. No. 1 Breakaway, 9:10 a.m. at Vail Athletic FieldNo. 7 Team Wild vs. No. 2 Fubar, 9 a.m. at Edwards Field 1No. 5 Rammit vs. No. 3 20 Somethin’, 10:15 a.m. at Edwards Field 1No. 10 Detroit vs. No. 4 ReLAXers, 10:15 a.m. at Vail Athletic FieldSemifinalsCU Buffs/Breakaway winner vs. Team Wild/Fubar winner, 12:45 p.m. at Vail Athletic FieldRammit/20 Somethin’ winner vs. Detroit/ReLAXers winner, 2 p.m. at Vail Athletic FieldVail, Colorado