Magic Wands take home trophy at Vail Shootout
EDWARDS, Colorado – With 14 teams carrying full rosters and with multiple family members in player tow, the Supermasters truly has become a jewel of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Over 40 teams play an excellent brand of lacrosse for the most part, and there are many famous names mingling in these game. The Elder Statesman entered the day with an opportunity of scoring a three-peat at Vail in the Supermasters Division. Their bid for supremacy was denied by a very passionate and determined group of Magic Wands. The Magic Wands trailed 2-1 at halftime but rallied hard with six second-half tallies that took home the large hard rock (actually granite and marble) hand-crafted trophy by displacing the Statesmen 7-4 in a game played in the light of a bright, sun drenched mid-summer day. With 13 penalties assessed on them during the 48-minute game, the Statesmen spent far too much time wasting the potentially perfect day sitting in the penalty box and not enough team time generating the kind of offensive power surge they usually show. The Wands treated every moment as a precious one, working hard together for every clear and every shot. They managed to turn four of the multiple extra man opportunities into goals. Meanwhile, the Statesmen had no assisted goals in their small batch of four. The Elders took plenty of shots, 26, but they mostly did not come easily against the emotional band of Wands that wanted this game very much.The Wand defense didn’t let shots come easily, and even though Steve Govett had three goals on the day, even he was unable to really go off offensively for the defending champs. The Wands showed a balanced and efficient attack, basking in the warmth of their six second half goals that came on just 10 second half shot attempts. Dave King scored both the tying and the go-ahead Wand goals before the third quarter was five minutes old.Finding consolationIn the third-place game for the 2011 Supermasters at Vail, Yellow Dog prevailed, overcoming Team Millennium/Rock-it Pocket by the count of 11-10. Midfielder John Donaldson scored on a feed from Neal Birchby with just over a minute left in the game.Scott Kelly led the Dogs with 3 goals and goal Jeff Pulcipher was stellar in the net, making 16 saves, eight in the third quarter alone. For Millennium/Rock-it Dan Cisneros also had an all-star worthy performance in stopping 12 Yellow Dog shots. Tim Tumar had two goals for Millennium, and Doug Gulick added a goal and two assists.The Navy Old Goats and Middlebury played a thrilling overtime fifth place game with the Past Panthers sinking the Naval bid when Chris Fagan finished a transition goal on a feed from John Atherton to bring them the sudden 5-4 victory one minute into overtime.Seventh place saw another overtime decision. Less than a minute into overtime Garrett Schwartz got himself inside and scored the winning goal as de PHiant/NYAC closed out the Princeton Obsoletes 8-7. Paul Voas had two goals for the Obsoletes while NYAC rode the four-goal effort from Tim Worstell to get them to the overtime frame. Lyle Shirley was dominant at the face-off box for de PHiant, winning 10 of his 13 draws.In other final day action Aged Spirits and Mad Greens played a wild affair with yet another overtimer. Mad Greens found the overtime mix to their liking when team Captain Andrew Paredes scored on a dish from Mike Haley. Parades had six goals and an assist on the day. Brooks Thoroughgood had five goals and an assist for the Spirits in this high scoring affair.The Air Force Graybird bid for a victory went awry as they landed just short of beating Cactus Lacrosse. The desert boys prevailed 8-7 in spite of a late game-tying goal from tournament Director David Soran for the AFA contingent. Bill Wren scored the winner off of a pass from Chris Hodge. Hodge also had two goals in the winning effort for Cactus. Chris Allen led the Force with two goals and an assist.Dr. Tom Watts Memorial Boys U-19In the first game of the second day for the U-19, Team Colorado was surprised by a team called Brady’s Bunch 9-7. Colorado was hurt by committing 9 fouls during the game, and even though the Bunch only scored on one of the extra man situations, they raced out to a 3-0 lead that Team Colorado could never make up. This game was highlighted by great goalie play by Roadie Heller for Colorado (headed for UVA). Brady featured three players with two goals each, Michael Marcott, Grant Clifford, and Thomas Flibotte. Isaac Bach led Colorado with three goals in a losing effort.Defending champion Baltimore Crabs handled Team Zona 10-4. The upstarts from cactus country fought hard but could not match the raw talent of the Crab squad which reads like a Division I who’s who.Lawrenceville Big Red defeated Minnesota Frost 19-5 in another Division I match-up. FCA was also a Division I winner, beating the outmanned True Lacrosse team mostly from the Midwest.The Division I semi-finals will pit Lawrenceville vs. FCA at 11 a.m. on Avon Field 1, while The Crabs will take on Brady’s Bunch at 1 on the same field. It should be some great semi-final action Wednesday. Tuesday resultsDivision 1 QuarterfinalsBrady’s Bunch 9, Team Colorado 7FCA Lacrosse 10, True Lacrosse 3Lawrenceville Big Red 19, Minnesota Frost 5Baltimore Crabs 10, Team Zona 4Division 2 QuarterfinalsHouLA Oilers 9, Western Colorado Mavericks 7Jr. Buddha’s Ballers 12, Sacramento Heat 8Winnipeg Wolverines 12, Blue Lion Elite 8Wednesday Match-ups:Division 1 SemifinalsLawrenceville Big Red vs. FCA Lacrosse – 11 a.m. – Avon 1Brady’s Bunch vs. Baltimore Crabs – 1 p.m. – Avon 1Division 1 Consolation True Lacrosse vs. Minnesota Frost – 9 a.m. – Avon 1Team Colorado vs. Team Zona – 3 p.m. – Avon 1Division 2 SemifinalsWinnipeg Wolverines vs. Jr. Buddha’s Ballers – 11 a.m. – Avon 2HouLA Oilers vs. Blue Lion Elite – 1 p.m. – Avon 2Division 2 ConsolationSacramento Heat vs. Western Colorado Mavericks – 9 a.m. – Avon 2Girls U-19The U-19 girls finished their round robin Wednesday on four fields and in six separate pools. The winners of the top three pools, who all went undefeated in pool play are Hero’s 2012, Team HLA, and M&D 2012 Black. The other teams earning a spot in the gold bracket are Puget Sound Select, Team 180, Oregon Elite, Mile High Elite, and Midwestern Force.The silver bracket includes the three other undefeated teams of Team Stickhead, RC Elite Blue and Team Colorado. The others earning a spot in the silver bracket are Houston Heat, Utah Mamaci, Stars Blue, MN Frosties, and MN Lakers Select 2012.The bronze bracket includes Rocky Mountain Laxers, The Ice, Lakeshore Lacrosse, Indy United, Blue Lions, MN Lakers 2013-2014, Team Idaho, and Bay Area Wave.Wednesday’s first games:Bronze Bracket:Rocky Mountain Laxers vs. The Ice – 8:30 a.m. – Edwards Field 1Lakeshore Lacrosse vs. Indy United – 8:30 a.m. – Edwards Field 2Blue Lions vs. MN Lakers 2013-2014 – 8:30 a.m. – Edwards Field 3Team Idaho vs. Bay Area Wave – 8:30 a.m. – Edwards Field 4Silver Bracket:Utah Mamaci vs. Stars Blue – 9:45 a.m. – Edwards Field 1MN Lakers Select 2012 vs. Team Stickhead – 9:45 a.m. – Edwards Field 2Houston Heat vs. RC Elite Blue – 9:45 a.m. – Edwards Field 3MN Frosties vs. Team Colorado – 9:45 a.m. – Edwards Field 4Gold Bracket:Mile High Elite vs. Hero’s 2012 – 11 a.m. – Edwards Field 1Team 180 vs. M&D 2012 Black – 11 a.m. – Edwards Field 2Puget Sound Select vs. Midwestern Force – 11 a.m. – Edwards Field 3Oregon Elite vs. Team HLA – 11 a.m. – Edwards Field 4
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.