Heros defeat M&D Lax for girls title
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado The girls high school division of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout ended Wednesday with the Heros taking home the trophy with a victory over last years champion, M&D Lax. Today, the mens and womens elite finally kicks off with pool play in both divisions. =A rundown on Wednesdays action:Heros 7, M&D Lax 6After 71 games of play the 2008 girls high school championship came down to a backyard battle between M&D Lax and Heros, both of which reside in the Baltimore area. While dominating the early action, Heros only hung on to a fragile two-goal lead. When M&D finally scored midway through the first half to cut the lead to one, Heros quickly answered with two goals to expand their lead to three. M&D scored a late first half goal to end the half at 4-2. As the second half started, Heros once again dominated play with their patient, but effective offense. Lead by tournament MVP, Katie Schwarzmann, midway through the second half, Heros lead 7-2 and momentum was clearly on their side. But M&D was not done. With all-tournament team members, goalie, Molly Donaghue and Kathleen Cullen leading the way, M&D staged a hard-fought rally cutting the lead to 7-6 with a minute and a half to go. Unfortunately, for M&D playing without three key players and playing two players down as a result of double yellow cards, Heros held on to claim the 2008 Vail High School Girls Championship by a score of 7-6.Silver/consolation championship: Lady Blue Knights 12, Team Capital 7 The consolation championship game featured this years youngest team, Team Capital, against the second Canadian entry in the Vail Shootout, the Lady Blue Knights. The Lady Blue Knights took the lead early in the game with quick passing and fast transitions. The Blue Knights got balanced scoring from Jordi Loyst, Taylor Landry, Emily Uza and Emily Boissonneault in the first half with two goals each. The first half ended at 8-3, with Team Capital trailing. From the start of the second half, the youngsters from Team Capital, many using traditional wooden sticks, battled the Lady Blue Knights goal-for-goal throughout the second half. In the end the experienced and older Knights came out victorious with a score of 12-7, taking the consolation trophy north to Canada, and while this is not Lord Stanleys Cup, the Lady Blue Knights will cherish this crystal trophy for some time.Bronze Division: Lakeshore 12, Detroit 9Lakeshore came head-to-head with Great Lakes neighbor Detroit in the bronze division championship game. Early in the game Detroit jumped to a two goal lead, lead by Andi Raymond. The lead was short-lived as Lakeshore grabbed momentum behind Claire Nelson-Johnsons three first-half goals, ending the first half with a 9-4 lead for Lakeshore. Lakeshore stretched its lead to six early in the second half before Detroit came roaring back, eventually cutting the Lakeshore lead to 11-9 late in the second half. Lakeshore iced the game on Nelson-Johnsons fifth goal of the game to capture their first Vail division title. Boys consolationThe Winnipeg Wolverines capped off a nice week with a 13-12 win over the Kansas City Blue Lions in the Division II Championship. This game was back-and-forth all day with neither team able to pull ahead for any significant period of time. Several players had big games for their teams, but it was Winnipeg who was able to pull it out in the end, giving them their first Div. II Championship since coming up to Vail. Team Colorado rebounded to defeat Team Colorado in the Division I third place game and Team Utah surprised the Delaware Eagles for 5th place as well.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.