Team Mammoth cruises in opener
VAIL – Friday’s Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men’s Elite opener between Mammoth and The Usual Suspects was a washout in more ways than one.The game at Ford Park lasted all of 21 minutes before lightning and heavy rain ended the contest. No matter, though. The affair had already been settled with the defending champion, Mammoth, running out to a 10-0 lead which became the final score when the skies opened.
“We’re a little disappointed. Obviously, we kind of wanted to get everybody a run and figure out who’s who,” Mammoth player/coach Steve Govett said. “It’s always a good first game to get everyone into it, get everybody a chance to play.”The Mammoth packed a whole lot of action into a short period of time. Attacker John Zulberti squeezed in a hat trick and an assist in the shortened game.”It happens. You get lucky,” Zulberti said. “Right spot, right time, playing with good players.”
The champs have plenty of good players and more on the way, according to Zulberti. Mammoth takes on Team 21, 10-9 winners over Fubar Friday, today at 1 p.m. at Ford Park. Then, the reinforcements arrive.”We’ve got to get through tomorrow’s game so that we get the rest of our players,” Zulberti said. “The rest of our Mammoth guys are down coaching at the NDP (National Development Program) lacrosse thing in Denver. They’ll be back up here on Sunday. We’ve got to make it through two games and then we get more weapons.That would be a scary thought for the rest of the field. Brian Langtry had two goals and two assists against The Usual Suspects. Govett added two scores and a helper. Geoff Bieging, Brandon Bailey and Ryan Miller each found the net once.
“We’re here to have fun. Winning is a byproduct of having a good time,” Govett said. “We focus on us and come out and play and do our thing, and hopefully, we’ll get to our next game.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado