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Lacrosse: Two title games on tap for Monday

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
SPT LaX Shootout Sun 01 TS 06-29-08
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” If there were a patch of grass or turf east of Wolcott, it probably hosted a lacrosse game Sunday.

Day 2 of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout spanned 11 fields, and five different divisions as the high school boys and girls tournaments joined the masters (ages 33-39), the super masters (40-49) and the grand masters (50 and older) in competition.

In the masters, Jagermeister and Middlebury advanced to Monday’s championship game at the Vail Athletic Field at 12:30 p.m. In grand masters, Middlebury and Mr. Boh/Nacho Mamas will also compete for a title at 8:30 a.m. at Ford Park.

Masters

Two semifinals highlighted masters play on Day 2 as both Middlebury and Jagermeister moved through to the finals. Jagermeister was paced by John Matthews’ five goals against Lax Gear/Silver Oysters, while Middlebury came back from a 5-3 deficit to win 7-5 over Lacrossewear.

Jagermeister has emerged as the slight favorite given its experienced and solid defense. Middlebury has a large squad and certainly the best cheering section in the division. Middlebury’s decisive win over Lax Gear/Silver Oysters was a bit of a surprise.

Super masters

The Tri-City Canadians saw their impressive run come to an end on Sunday as a dominating effort by the Adidas Magic Wands shut down the undermanned squad, 21-5. Essian Tap Room’s 5-1 victory wasn’t exactly entertaining, but it was enough to get the squad through to the semifinals, where it will be up against the Wands.

On the other side of the bracket, both Lacrossewear and the FROGS (Florida Really Old Guys) won one-goal games to move on as well. The FROGS continue to play well as their victory over Lacrosse.com was especially impressive, given the beating that Lacrosse.com put on Blivet on Day 1.

Grand masters

Mr. Boh/Nacho Mamas continue to be the team to beat as the first Grand masters champion will be crowned Monday. Middlebury’s 11-10 overtime win over the Gravediggers puts the Panthers up against the tournament’s most entertaining name in an 8:30 a.m. showdown at Ford West.

Boys high school/U-19

Pool play is always exciting in the boys U-19 division as the teams sort into the Division I and Division II brackets. The top-four seeds in each pool moved on relatively easily with only one slight surprise in Pool A.

The Colorado Favorites, a team mostly made up of players who didn’t make Team Colorado pushed the defending champion Baltimore Crabs to double overtime before finally falling. The Crabs are maybe not quite as disciplined as before, but they are still the favorites headed into the quarterfinals.

Team Colorado, Ohio and Delaware all moved on at the top of their groups as well. Utah, the Favorites and Triad Lacrosse Club make up the rest of the Division I bracket.

High school girls

The first day of the high school girls kicked off with a multitude of pool play games. The teams will compete in pools again today before sorting out into three divisions for Tuesday and Wednesday.


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