Ladies of LAX battle in valley
At a glance:Men’s Elite Scores from Friday#5 Mammoth 15, #4 Lax.com 9#18 Washington 10, #15 Colorado College 8#9 Team Prox 16, #15 Tap Room 5#12 Rocky Mtn. Oysters 8, #11 Fubar 5#13 Bulletts 11, #6 Guttman 9
The fertile grasses of athletic fields around the valley are undergoing a rapid process of deterioration as some of the world’s best lacrosse players cleat their ways to goals and bare earth.Friday saw a bevy of action in the Men’s and Women’s Elite divisions. As the field of men narrowed, regarding possible 2004 Vail Men’s Elite Lacrosse Shootout champions, the women filled out their brackets.The field of 14 women’s teams made a split with eight teams earning spots in the championship bracket and six teams will be duking it out in the consolation bracket.”It’s the premier shootout. It brings a lot of quality players to Vail, and it’s a beautiful setting,” said FuBar’s Last Call’s Janet Seward. “These are the best players in the nation. There’s World Cup players. There’s international players. We got people from Australia. This is Last Call’s third year up here, and it’s our best year. We’re undefeated so far, and we’re ready for some more wins tomorrow.”The final two Women’s Elite games Friday at the Vail Athletic Field were one-sided. FuBar’s Last Call displayed its many talents in a 15-5 victory over Pazzo’s, and The Matrix ended the day with a convincing upset – mild with regard to seeding – against Team Random.”It was great. It was fun. It started out a little sloppy, but we pulled it together for the second half,” said Last Call’s Jessica Deal, who is playing in her third Vail Lacrosse Shootout. “The competition was good. It’s always good.”FuBar’s Last Call struck first on a goal by Taryn Brody. Last Call set a trend that would remain consistent for them throughout the game: Any time a goal was scored, Last Call would have a shot on net within 30 seconds.FuBar dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, but Pazzo’s countered in the next 10 minutes with a noticeably greater number of shots on goal. However, Pazzo’s shots were generally weak, and many of them were bounce shots which rarely succeeded.
Deal scored the second goal of the game on a slant pattern she ran from center half. Pazzo’s answered with a goal by Libby Bourke.Last Call’s Kristy O’Connor scored and Pazzo’s Rachel Walker retaliated to put the score at 3-2 in Last Call’s favor.In a rare moment of error by Last Call goalie Amanda Chambers, who was superior thoughout the game, Pazzo’s tied up the game. Chambers fumbled the ball in front of the goal, and was unable to recover and Pazzo’s Rachel Rones spiked it over Chambers’ head and in.Last Call ended the half on a 3-0 run to put it in the lead, 6-3.Two minutes into the second half, Last Call put in its seventh goal. A few more minutes of back-and-forth started, then Last Call took over for good.Last Call seemed to be able to score at will for the final 15 minutes of the game.With two minutes to go in the game, Deal picked up a hat trick.O’Connor led Last Call with four goals, Brody scored three and had an assist. Seward scored once and added two assists. Kerry Briggs tossed in two and Lauren Cramer and Courtney Yarusso each scored once. Rones and Bourke led Pazzo’s with two goals apiece, and Walker scored once.
Last Call won the game, 15-5.”(I’m looking forward) to lots of fun, sun and winning some more games,” said Deal.Defending champions Team AXIA have looked indestructible thus far.”They’re undefeated so far. I haven’t seen them, but I think Team Harrow’s going to give them a run for their money,” said Seward. “We’ll see how we do tomorrow. We get to play Special Brew, and they’re a good team. So, hopefully we can hold our own.”Other scores in the Women’s Elite division had AXIA defeating Copa, 18-1; AXIA beat Team Wild, 17-6; Rammies beat Copa, 17-2; Team Harrow beat Special Brew, 15-6; Crease Monkeys beat Pazzo’s, 18-2; FuBar’s Last Call beat Team Ohio, 12-3; Crease Monkeys beat ‘Dillo Lacrosse, 17-4.The 2004 Vail Lacrosse Shootout action continues today with AXIA facing ‘Dillo Lacrosse at 8 a.m. in Edwards. Special Brew plays FuBar’s Last Call at 8 a.m. at the Vail Athletic Field. The Crease Monkeys face Rammies at 9:15 a.m. at Vail Athletic Field. Ripple plays Team Harrow at 10:30 a.m. at Vail Athletic Field. Team Ohio plays Team Wild at 9:15 a.m. in Edwards. Copa plays Team Random at 10:30 a.m. in Edwards.For more information on the 2004 Vail Lacrosse Shootout, or for more game times, visit http://www.vaillacrosse.com.Andrew Harley can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 610, or at email@example.com.