Good game, shameful game
Of the two semifinal games at Ford Field Saturday, one was a good-hearted competitive game, and the other was a display of utter self-destruction.The first 2004 Vail Men’s Elite Lacrosse Shootout semifinal game was a hard-fought battle that ended with each team’s effort and desire fully spent on the field of play, as GMH defeated Rebel Lacrosse Jammin’ Salmon, 10-8.In total contrast, Team Velocity, led by coach John Barocas, fell into a pit of paranoia in its 16-8 loss to Mammoth. What started as a muffled, first-half whining grew into full-blown belligerency, and Team Velocity spent the final two quarters convinced that the referees were its greatest foe, and not the undeniably more focused Mammoth team.”We’ve got a lot of old guys, and they got a lot of young guys, so we had something to prove,” said Mammoth’s Steve Govett. “It was fun, though. That’s why we’re here. This place is a great place to play.”Team Velocity started out in promising fashion with a goal by Greer Hanlon 16 seconds into the game.
Shawn Cable’s slapshot of a loose ball in front of the Velocity goal started a 8-0 Mammoth run.Team Velocity’s David Schwartzberg scored the first goal of the second quarter, but Mammoth’s Gavin Prout incited a 3-0 Mammoth run.Mammoth had no problem converting for the rest of the game; the players seemed relaxed, confident and generally quicker than Team Velocity.The second half consisted of a lot of yelling and arguing and some bench penalties for Team Velocity, while Mammoth sat back and enjoyed an easy 16-8 victory.”They (Team Velocity) ran around a lot. They didn’t get much done, but they ran around a lot,” said Govett, who’s played lacrosse for 33 years. “I’m proud of everyone on my team. I think everyone played well. (Brian) Berger played really well in goal. We’re happy to be here, and the good Lord willing, we’ll win.”GMH ruled the first half of play against Jammin’ Salmon. GMH’s Kyle Barrie put the cherries on top at the end of the half with two consecutive goals. The latter was a dandy, as Barrie worked Jammin’ Salmon’s Geoff Taniri from off the body, leaped and slammed a goal home from the left side. GMH led Jammin’ Salmon, 7-2, at the end of the first half.
GMH came out firing in the second half with a goal from Mark Morley. Jammin’ Salmon set the tone for its second half by retaliating Morley’s within 20 seconds with a goal from Spencer Steele off a rebound of Kyle Frigon’s shot.Neal Anderson put another goal in for Jammin’ Salmon, but GMH’s Mike Young answered swiftly with his fourth goal of the day. GMH led, 9-4.Jammin’ Salmon went on a 3-0 run to cut GMH’s lead to two. GMH’s Steve Brundage scored next, and Jammin’ Salmon narrowly missed a few opportunities before Chris Vallone cut the lead to two again.Jammin’ Salmon didn’t give up until the final second, but GMH emerged with the win, 10-8.
“I thought it was a good game. Both teams had some good players who got up and down the field pretty fast, and we sunk some more of our shots that we took,” said Young.Young ended the day with four goals and two assists for GMH.”I thought they (Jammin’ Salmon) were good. I’ve got some good friends on that team, and they’re good players. You saw at the end. They came back on us. It was close,” said Young.GMH faces Mammoth for the 2004 Vail Men’s Elite Lacrosse Shootout Championship at Ford Field at 2:30 p.m.Andrew Harley can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or at email@example.com.