M.A.B. wins fourth Shootout crown
M.A.B. Paints ended up fileting the Salmon, 14-6, in the Men’s Elite final of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Sunday afternoon and proceeded to paint the town – not red – but with its traditional yellow and navy blue.
It’s the fourth title in 17 years for Philadelphia-based M.A.B and its first since 1998.
“We’ve been coming here for 17 years and we’ve done it four times, but this team was unusual in the amount of unselfish play,” said M.A.B. coach Doug Corrigan, who had his young son, Colin, in tow with one arm and the championship trophy in the other. “Really, at both ends, the defense was unbelievably unselfish. They slid. They helped. They always had good position and our goalie played great.”
And don’t forget up front, Coach. The attacking corps of Linsdey Dixon, Andrew “Bugs” Combs, Jason Lavey and Brody Bush packed quite a wallop too.
Bush had one goal and Combs two, while Lavey finished with two goals and two helpers. Dixon ended up with the hat trick.
“I play club ball with Bugs Combs and we’re used to playing with each other and it’s just fluid. We really enjoy playing with each other,” Dixon said. “But it’s wonderful. No one’s selfish on this team. Everybody’s the ultimate team player. They all move the ball. They all pick it up. They all do what they have to do and that’s why we win out here.”
In the first 14 minutes of the game, M.A.B. rolled out to a 6-0 lead, essentially ending the competitive aspect of the game. Jammin’ Salmon showed flickers of life with a three-goal surge midway through the second quarter from Joe Hope, Joe High and Dave Maguire.
M.A.B. restored order with two quick goals at the end of the first half from Combs and midfielder Justin McCarthy for an 8-3 lead. Other M.A.B. goal-scorers included Matt Bailer, Brad Dumont, Bobby Horsey and Jeff Spano.
While there was plenty of pyrotechnics from the M.A.B. offense, Corrigan made a point to give a lot of credit to his stifling defense and goalie Bill Hunter.
“Bill Hunter in goal had a great tournament,” Corrigan said. “This first half, he had a bunch of tough shots. Salmon got a ton of great shots on him and he stopped them, stoned them. The defense just played great position, great fundamentals.”