Ladies lax full of tense struggles |

Ladies lax full of tense struggles

Andrew Harley
Molly Wurdack, of Team Ohio, scoops up the ball with Jacque Weitzel, of Axia, in pursuit.

EDWARDS – The two creases on Chip Ramsey Field browned, over the course of Independence Day, under the intense footwork of the Women’s Elite division of the Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout.

Defending champion team Behind the Back made its presence known by winning two games in decisive fashion Friday.

But, perhaps, the most exciting game pitted third-seeded Team Harrow against fourth-seeded Special Brew.

Team Harrow emerged from the defensive gem of a first half, leading 3-1.

The second half began with a goal from Jessica Burnap of Special Brew.

Team Harrow quickly retaliated on a slick shot from Mindy Leher. And, from there, it was all Team Harrow, who ended up winning 7-2 on goals from seven different people, including Bonnie Conklin, Kristen Olson, Courtney Hobbs, Julie Shank, Kinsley O’Garrow and Kelly Klosterman.

The ball moved back-and-forth, between the creases, and possession of the ball wasn’t clearly dominated by either side.

So, Team Harrow’s heroine of the game had to be goalkeeper Meg Dentler of Annapolis, Md.

Dentler, 20, is the starting, sophomore goalkeeper at George Mason University.

“I just love it here,” said Dentler, who has been competing in the Shootout for the past five years – this is her second year in the Women’s Elite division. “The atmosphere and my team is awesome. Last year, we met at the field for the first time. So we just came out of the bushes for that tournament.”

Dentler’s accolades include 1st Team Colonial Athletic Conference, All-Virginia State Team, rookie of the year honors for her freshman year of college and Southern Regional All-Second Team.

“This year we have a pretty good shot,” said Dentler. “AXIA is definitely the team to beat, so hopefully we’ll see them in the finals.”

The Women’s Elite division of the Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout continues today and Sunday. Games for the champioship bracket start at 8 a.m. and end after 4 p.m. at the Vail Athletic Field – one championship-bracket game will be played at Chip Ramsey Field at 8 a.m. Games for the consolation bracket begin at 9:15 a.m. at Chip Ramsey Field.

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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