Elite divisions kick off at Vail Shootout
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – Both the men’s and women’s elite tournaments of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout started Thursday with excitement and drama.
Rain and lightning delayed action briefly in the afternoon, but the cloudy skies were a nice change of pace from the heat of the previous few days.
The best game of the day on the men’s side saw the Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters team take down the dangerous, but young, Baltimore Crabs, 15-13. The rest of the quarterfinal field was set as well.
On the women’s side, the teams completed the first day of pool play and Gang Green remains the favorite.
Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters weren’t exactly supposed to lose the game to the Baltimore Crabs today, but they did surprise some people with their victory. As the game wore on, it became apparent that their veteran roster just had more in the tank than their young counterparts across the sideline.
The Collared Greens upset the Lofers to move into the championship bracket as well with a 12-10 win. Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, Team 21, Last Call, Brine Elite, Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon and the Club All-Stars all had comfortable victories.
Today’s quarterfinals should feature some excellent games. Look for Team 21 vs. Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters to be the game of the day on Ford Park at 1 p.m. Collared Greens will have their hands full in the 9 a.m. game against Last Call and Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear can’t look past Brine Elite, which has moved into the championship bracket for the first time. The 3 p.m. game will feature the strong Club All-Stars team taking on perennial tournament stalwart Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon.
Victorious Secret 14, Dunn Financial 9
Team Chipotle 15, 83 1⁄2 Lacrosse 5
Olympic Club 12, Lax Zone Miami 6
Team Gutman 18, Pond Hoppers 15
Team 21 17, Victorious Secret 3
Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters 15, Baltimore Crabs 13
Collared Greens 12, The Lofers 10
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 20, Olympic Club 4
Brine Elite 18, Vendetta’s 6
Club All-Stars 16, 5280/Tap Room 5
Last Call 13, Team Chipotle 6
Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon 14, Team Gutman 9
All games at Ford Park
Team 21 vs. Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters, 1:00 p.m.
Collared Greens vs. Last Call, 9 a.m.
Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear vs. Brine Elite, 11 a.m.
Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon vs. Club All-Stars, 3 p.m.
All games on Edwards turf
Victorious Secret vs. Baltimore Crabs, 1 p.m.
The Lofers vs. Team Chipotle,, 9 a.m.
Olympic Club vs. Vendetta’s, 11 a.m.
Team 5280/Tap Room vs. Team Gutman, 3 p.m.
All games on Edwards grass
Dunn Financial vs. Lax Zone Miami, 10 a.m.
83 1⁄2 Lacrosse vs. Pond Hoppers, noon
The first day saw the top seeds winning with the exception of Pool A. TexLax, the bottom seed, was down 6-2 to Team XTreme, but came back to win the close contest, 13-12.
In Pool B, Lizards were set to take over the pool and hold their 7-4 lead. CRSLax.com continued the fight and edged their way back to a 7-7 tie in regulation. With a minute to go in OT, Rachel Culp made a beautiful spin move and placed the shot in the top left corner to steal the win and the top position in the pool.
Team Xtreme 12, Tex Lax 8
Portland Women’s 13, Minnesota Northstars 6
TexLax 13, Portland Women’s 12
Gang Greene 14, Team Xtreme 7
TexLax vs. Gang Green
Minnesota Northstars vs. Team Xtreme
Portland Women’s vs. Gang Green
Minnesota Northstars vs. TexLax
Lizards 14, St. Louis 2
Meatloaf 14, ThELMA’S 4
Meatloaf 17, St. Louis 2
CRSLax.com 8, Lizards 7
St. Louis vs. CRSLax.com
ThELMA’s vs. Lizards
Meatloaf vs. CRSLax.com
ThELMA’s vs. St. Louis
Porkchops 7, Team Wild 5
Team 180 12, Ramalo 7
Team 180 13, Team Wild 8
The Porkchops 12, Ramalo 7
Ramalo vs. Team Wild
The Prokchops vs. Team 180
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