Team 21 upsets Mammoth, 7-6
VAIL – The Men’s Elite division of the 2005 Vail Lacrosse Shootout got all shook up in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Ford Park.The defending champion and No. 1 seed, Team Mammoth, was sent packing by Team 21, a group of young Cornell alumni, 7-6. Not only was it a shocker that No. 10 took out No. 1, but who could have figured this after the way the two teams played in Round 1?Mammoth squished The Usual Suspects, while Team 21 squeaked by Fubar. “It’s great. Our guys played awesome,” Team 21 coach David Coors said. “We’re just glad to be up here having a good time in Vail. We had a couple of guys who missed their flights, so they didn’t get in until last night. They helped out a lot.”Team 21 takes on Team Go Fast in today’s second semifinal at Ford Park at 1 p.m., while Mammoth is relegated to playing for fifth place.”They’re a good team. They’re young. They work hard. They’ve all played together and that’s a bonus,” Mammoth player/coach Steve Govett said. “It’s disappointing, but that’s why we’re here. We’re here to have a good time. They were a good team. They played well, and at the end of the day, they beat us.”The win had added significance for the Big Red. Cornell’s name for the Shootout is Team 21 in honor of George Boiardi, a teammate who died on the field during an NCAA game in 2004.”It’s more important that we’re out here as a team and we’re all together,” Team 21’s Scott Lee said. “We’re here for George Boiardi. That’s why we’re Team 21. George Boiardi was No. 21. We’re here for that cause, remembering him. All of us are Cornell alumni from 1999 to 2005. We all were touched by George Boiardi.”Lee certainly honored Boiardi with his play Saturday. He had four goals, including the game-winner with 1:22 to go in regulation.”Our game plan all day was to take the short poles, and fortunately, the short pole was on me,” Lee said. “It got pushed out. So fortunately, it went in.”
Both teams traded goals in what was easily the best game of the tournament so far. Lee’s first goal gave Team 21 a 2-1 lead after 12 minutes. John Zulberti and Govett scored for Mammoth, but the Big Red led. 4-3 at the half.Brian Langtry scored the third’s only goal to tie the game at four. Team 21’s Justin Redd and Mammoth’s Govett each found the twice in the final frame, setting up Lee’s game-winner.Mammoth had several opportunities late, but Langtry’s, John Gallant’s and Brian Berger’s shots were off the mark.”We didn’t shoot very well,” Govett said. “If you don’t shoot smart on a good goalie, then you’re not gong to put it in. Yeah, we had momentum, but we had to finish.”Mammoth also had to deal with Team 21’s defense and goalie, Justin Cynar.”Cornell lacrosse, we’ve always prided ourselves on defense and these guys haven’t lost a step,” Lee said. “They gave them everything they could handle and they obviously weren’t used to it. Justin kept us in the game. Our defense is fantastic. We should give the game ball to them.”Team Go Fast 14, Merrill Lynch 12Team Go Fast got off to a fast start against Merrill Lynch and that proved to be the difference in its 14-12 win Saturday.Team Go fast scored on its first three shots during the first two minutes of the quarterfinal on the way to a 6-2 first-period lead.
“I think it’s very tough when you come out and spot a team four goals,” Merrill Lynch coach Paul Landaiche said. “There are good players on both sides of the ball. Go Fast is a tremendous team and you can’t play flat against a great team, but I like the way our guys came back.”For the final 46 minutes, this was a hotly contested game. Go Fast got hat tricks from Mike Law and Kyle Barrie and two more from Adam Stifel. Hunter Lochte rang up a hat trick for Merrill Lynch, while teammates Will Phillips and Devan Spilker each had two.It was Phillips who completed Merrill Lynch’s impressive comeback with a score to tie the game at 12 with 4:23 left. Go Fast’s Greer Hanlon fed Law for the game-winning goal with 3:49 in regulation and Law’s empty netter iced the game. “There isn’t a team out here who isn’t going to give you an exciting end,” Team Go Fast coach Jon Barocas said. “These guys wanted to win. We just scored three quick goals. That’s what this is about. I love games like this. I don’t like the blowouts.”With the win, Go Fast secured its third consecutive berth in the semifinals.GMH 10, Rocky Mountain Oysters 3No. 2-seed GMH recorded another impressive win to advance to the semifinals for the third straight year, dispatching the Rocky Mountain Oysters, 10-3, Saturday. GMH, runners-up at the last two Vail Lacrosse Shootouts, takes on Rock-It Pocket in today’s first semifinal at Ford Park at 11 a.m.GMH ran out to a 5-1 lead after the first period and never looked back. Marc Morley led the Philadelphia-based squad with a hat tick, while Mike Holloway and Patrick Helm had two each.
Alex Moore scored twice for the Oysters.Rock-It Pocket 10, Jammin’ Salmon 7Tied 6-6 after three periods Saturday, Rock-It Pocket scored four times in the fourth to earn a date with GMH in the today’s semifinals.Rock-It Pocket’s Mike Murphy scored what would be the game-winning goal with 10:09 left in the game. Nick Stanitz-Harper found the net twice in the final frame, while teammate Craig Nolan also scored the second of his two.Lance Vitt and Murphy ended up with two goals each for Rock-It Pocket. Jammin’ Salmon’s Peter Troup led his team with two scores.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado