Outlaws play on a level of their own
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL ” With the offensive display the Outlaws put on Wednesday, you’d figure they’d been gelling as a team for a full year.
Or less than a week.
Only four days after coming together, the Outlaws, made up of mostly Maryland alums, put on a passing and scoring clinic in a 18-3 win against Gang Green in the women’s Vail Lacrosse Shootout Finals at the Ford Park in Vail.
“We were talking about it the other day, and it’s funny because we never play together,” said Outlaws midfielder Acacia Walker. “But we read each other so well.”
Nearly all of the Outlaws’ 18 goals came off great feeds, with some of the tallies following a handful of perfect passes.
“That’s what we tried to do,” Walker said of the multiple passes that put shooters in open positions. “These girls are so good.”
The Outlaws built an 8-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game and kept Gang Green off the board until the final five minutes of the first half.
“I’ll give them all the credit ” they are awesome,” said Gang Green midfielder Whitney Douthett. “They are a lot of the (Team) U.S. players. They are unbelievable.”
Only a few minutes into the game, the Outlaws’ Jen Adams had set up two goals. By halftime, the Outlaws had built an insurmountable 12-1 lead.
Gang Green played more settled lacrosse in the second half, but the Outlaws offense kept coming.
“It’s definitely a different pace than we played all tournament,” Douthett said. “We wanted to get more aggressive (in the second half). We were letting them dictate and wanted to get out there and get physical.”
The win gave many of the Outlaws a title in their first appearance in the elite division.
“I played in high school, but this is a new tradition for us,” Walker said.
For recent graduates, like Douthett, the Vail tournament offers a change of pace in lacrosse.
“I played against those (Maryland) girls all through college and then coming in here and playing them in sort of a lower-key environment is more fun,” she said.
Five of the Outlaws players tallied a hat trick in the game, including Walker, Lindsey Munday, Kelly Coppedge, Katie Chrest and Sonia LaMonica.
Caroline Cryer of Green Turtle was named the tournament MVP, while Adams was the offensive MVP and the ReLAXers’ Morgan Lang was the defensive MVP.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.