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Merrill Lynch finally breaks through for Vail Shootout title

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear finally cashed in at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.

After seemingly being a constant presense come the Final Four the last few years, the Merrill Lynch finally got the brass ring Sunday by defeating Team 21, aka Cornell, 11-8 for the men’s elite title Sunday.

The Ivy League however went 1-for-2 in title games Sunday as Gang Green, from Dartmouth, squeaked by CRSLax.com in overtime, 12-11.

Men’s Elite

In a battle of top seeds Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear took down defending champion Team 21 to earn their first Vail Lacrosse Shootout on Sunday afternoon.-Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear gained the lead on a two-point goal from All-Tournament midfielder Jake Plonket (Syracuse) late in the first quarter and never looked back.

The staunch defensive effort of Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear held the balanced Big Red offense at bay.-All-Tournament long poles Tim Shaw (Virginia), Billy Haire (Bucknell), and Tom Izard (Bucknell) hounded the Team 21 offense all game.- All three were essential in keeping 21 off the board for 16 minutes during the second and third quarters.

-Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear used their size and speed to dominate the possession game, scooping up 43 ground balls and winning 18 faceoffs on the afternoon. Team 21 got only 19 ground balls and four draws.- me.

Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear’s All-Tournament attackman Tim Desko (Syracuse) finished with four goals and totaled nine goals and three assists for the tournament.- Tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player Steve Giannone (Virginia) tallied two goals and one assist. He totaled thirteen goals and three assists en route to carrying his team to the championship.

-Tournament Defensive Most Valuable Player, Chris Madalon (North Carolina), finished with six saves in his half of play.-Madalon made several great stops throughout the tournament, and was the second-half anchor for the champions.-

Matt Madalon (Roanoke) also made six stops in the championship game during his half of play.-For Team, 21 A.J. Fiore (Cornell) finished with fourteen saves.-

Rocco Romero (Cornell) was also an All-Tournament selection and finished with one goal and two assists on the day for Team 21. Bobby Magrin (Herkimer) had a hat trick and that included a laser of a shot that hit the top corner.

Sunday Games

Championship, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear 11, Team 21 8

Third place, Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon7, Last Call 5

Fifth place, Brine Elite 9, Collared Greens 7

Seventh place, Conifer Water/Rocky Mountain Oysters 12, Club All-Stars 3

Consolation bracket

Championship, Olympic Club 10, Baltimore Crabs 7

11th Place, Team Chipotle 9, Team Gutman 7

13th Place, Team 5280/Tap Room 4, Victorious Secret 2

15th Place, The Lofers 7, Vendetta’s 4

Round-robin

Pond Hoppers 16,-Dunn Financial 14

Team 83 1/2 Lacrosse 9, Lax Zone Miami 3

All-Tournament Team

Attack: Alex Capretta, Olympic Club; Kip Dooley, Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon; Pete Carrol, Last Call; Tim Desko – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Midfield: Jake Plonket, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear, Rocco Romero, Team 21; Adam Goodwin, Club All Stars, Steve Giannone – Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Faceoff: Greg Gurenlian, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Long-stick middie: Tim Shaw, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Defense: Paul Starwick, Lacrossewear’s Jammin’ Salmon; Billy Haire, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear; Tom Izard, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear; Tim Deblois, Team 21

Goalie: Billy Olin, Last Call

Offensive MVP: Steve Giannone, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Defensive MVP: Chris Madalon, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Coach of the Year: Paul Landaiche, Merrill Lynch/Lacrossewear

Earl Bill Staff Award: Sean Byrne and Julie Sutherland

Women’s Elite

Befitting the first overtime championship game in years in the division, Gang Green and CRSLax.com went bqack-and-forth.-

With several ties in the course of the game, CRSLax.com scored the last goal in regulation to tie the game. In overtime, CRSLax.com took the first shot on goal but Gang Green’s goalie, Julie Wadland, made the save.-

Gang Green, not to be out done, took the ball and went down field. Colorado’s own Annie Liebovitz had possession at the top of the fan, made a few moves and placed the ball in the top corner for the winning goal.

Sunday’s Games

Championship, Gang Green 12, CRSLax.com 11, OT

Third place, Lizards 6 vs. The Porkchops 4

Fifth place, Team 180 12, Team Xtreme 7

Seventh place, TexLax 13, Meatloaf 5

Silver Division

Championship, Team Wild 13, Minnesota Northstars 5

Portland 13, ThELMas 3

St. Louis 1, Romalo 0

All-Tournament Team

Attack: Hannah Clark, Porkchops; Kim Hillier, Lizards; Rachel Culp, CRSLax.com

Midfield: Devon Wills, Gang Green; Beth Calder, Team Xtreme; Katie Sheridan, Portland; Robyn Yeatman, CRSLax.com; Amy Campbell, Gang Green

Defense: Katie Wallis, TexLax; Jackie Koehn, Team 180; Tara Singleton, Gang Green

Goalie: Blair Bowie, Team Wild

Team Rep Award: Janet Holdsworth, Minnesota

Defensive MVP: Blair Bowie, Team Wild

Offensive MVP: Rachel Culp, CRSLax.com

Championship Game MVP: Devon Wills


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