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Professional lacrosse invades the valley

Andrew Harley
Molly Wurdack, of Team Ohio, scoops up the ball with Jacque Weitzel, of Axia, in pursuit.

EDWARDS – These ladies are tough, fast and talented, and they’ve come to Vail to showcase lacrosse.

The Women’s Elite Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout began Thursday at various athletic fields around the valley.

At Chip Ramsey Field in Edwards, Pool B, the second of three pools, duked it out.

Most notably, Team AXIA, formerly and Chesapeake, trounced Team Ohio 19-0.

Team AXIA, the second-seeded team in the tournament, carries a long, successful history in the Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout, having won the championship game seven out of the last nine years.

The team is led by some of the best players in the country, including Randall Goldsborough-Flynn, a member of the United States Women’s Elite Lacrosse Team and the head coach at Bucknell University.

“I started playing lacrosse in gym class in elementary school,” said Goldsborough-Flynn, who scored four goals in the game. “But, I was a basketball player growing up. I expected to get a scholarship for college basketball. Then, senior year in high school, I played in a tournament in Maryland, and ended up playing lacrosse there (at the University of Maryland).”

Jaque Weitzel scored three goals and Crista Samaras led all scorers with five in Team AXIA’s shutout of Team Ohio.

“This is a fun tournament,” said Goldsborough-Flynn. “It’s not really about showing off. It’s about building team unity and friendship. And we love to come out to Colorado, or areas that may not be as exposed to lacrosse, and showcase the sport to youth, high-school programs and try to grow the game.”

The Women’s Elite Vail/Avon Lacrosse Shootout continues today through Sunday at Chip Ramsey Field and Vail Athletic Field. Games start at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. at both venues.

Thursday’s Scores

Special Brew 7, Last Call 6

Ripple 14, Colorado 3

Team Simeons 12, Adrenaline 7

Team Harrow 7, Last Call 4

Team Simeons 15, Colorado 4

Behind the Back 11, Ripple 6

Team Harrow 14, Random 5

Team Ohio 17, Weakest Link 5

Team Texas 8, Gotham Women’s Lacrosse 5

Special Brew 11, Random 9

Gotham Women’s Lacrosse 16, Weakest Link 4

AXIA 19, Team Ohio 0

Friday’s Games

Women’s Elite Pool Play

Weakest Link vs. AXIA

Colorado vs. Behind the Back

Team Texas vs. Team Ohio

Adrenaline vs. Ripple

Gotham Women’s Lax vs. AXIA

Team Simeons vs. Behind the Back

Team Texas vs. Weakest Link

Adrenaline vs. Colorado

Random vs. Last Call

Special Brew vs. Team Harrow

Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at

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