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Lacrosse Shootout crowns final three champions

Daily staff report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

In the final day of the 40th annual Vail Lacrosse Shootout three champions were crowned.

In the U-19 Dr. Tom Watts Memorial High School Boys Showcase, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes lacrosse team earned its first Vail title. In the U-19 Girls High School Showcase Team HLA defended its 2011 title and defeated Heros 2013 winning its second Vail Lacrosse championship. The Supermasters championship was played between familiar foes as the Elder Statesmen knocked off 2011 winners C2C Magic wands.

With the 40th Vail Lacrosse Shootout in the book, seven champions were crowned over the nine days of tournament play.

Dr. Tom Watts Memorial U-19 High School Boys Showcase: Division 1 Championship

FCA 12, Team Colorado 10

In a highly energetic game, FCA pulled out to a 5-0 lead that would prove too much for Team Colorado to overcome, and FCA won its first U-19 Vail title 12-10. Colorado didn’t get on the board until the second quarter, only a few times coming within a couple goals of FCA. At the end of the day FCA’s incredibly consistent play, while utilizing tremendous team depth, ultimately kept them ahead. While Colorado fought hard throughout the game, their efforts proved to be too little, too late to overcome the FCA’s large initial lead.

U-19 High School Girls Showcase: Gold Bracket Championship

Team HLA 11, Heros 2013 7

The first half of the 2012 U19 Girls Vail Shootout Championship game between Heros 2013 and Team HLA wasn’t living up to the hype that one would expect from these lacrosse giants. Team HLA took a commanding 7-1 first half lead and this game appeared to be over for the Heros as they struggled to get near the goal, never mind getting a shot off.

“Never say die, in the face of defeat.”

This may well be the motto of the Heros as they started the second half with four unanswered goals to close within two goals of HLA. The tournament’s MVP, Taylor Ranftle, quickly boosted the lead to three with a goal at the 15 minute mark. The Heros struck again at 11 minutes and 7 minutes remaining to make it an 8-7 game.

Team HLA’s Maddy Blakeman used speed and skills to out maneuver her defender and connect on shots at the five and four minute marks to seal the victory for Team HLA.

Gold Bracket Third-Place Game

Team 180 10,

Puget Sound Select 9

After losing the semis, Team 180 and Puget Sound Select squared off in the third place game. The game was tight the whole way and heated, which matched the outside temperature. It was 9-9 for the 7 minutes until Team 180 scored with 38 seconds remaining. Anya Gersoff lead Team 180 with 4 goals while Amanda Roper of PSS had 3 goals.

Gold Bracket Fifth-Place Game

Indy United 12,

Midwestern Force 5

Possession was the name of the game and Indy United owned the ball. The only thing that limited a run-away game was the outstanding play of Teal Harrison, the all-tournament goalie form Midwestern Force. With her 11 saves MFL stayed in the game. Midwestern Force hustled the entire game, but the consistent midfield play of Indy couldn’t be stopped. Indy’s Hope Thomas scored 4 goals in the 2nd half, which ignited the entire Indy team. During the tournament Indy lost 2 goalies to injuries and field players stepped in to fill the void.

Gold Bracket Championship SemiFinals

Team HLA 8,

Puget Sound Select 0

For the semifinal between Puget Sound Select and Team HLA it might be best to remember the number 7. Why? They were asked to play at 7:00 AM, double 7 and you get no score after 14 minutes of play, PSS goalie McKenzie Scott faced 7 shots (5 saves, 2 offensive cards), the first goal was scored by HLA at 7 minutes remaining. At this point the sleeping giant known as Team HLA awoke and finished the game scoring 8 goals to none for PSS.

Heros 2013 12, Team 180 11

Team 180 put up a good fight but just could not hold back the Heros at the end of the game. The close score of 12-11 says it all. The Heros maintained composure when it counted, the most helping the team to pull ahead in the final minutes of the game. Team 180 picked up 3 yellow cards, two of which were late in the second half. Team 180’s attempt to score were quickly deflected by the Heros goalie resulting in a tough win for the Heros.

Supermasters Championship Game

Elder Statesmen 10, C2C Magic Wands 7

Just like their Eldest counterparts, the Elder Statesmen took another championship in the Supermasters division at the Shootout. Although the Magic Wands were able to come close a few times, the Statesmen were always quick to widen the lead. Division MVP Brian Silcott left no doubts that he earned the recognition after scoring yet another hat trick.

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