Teams Harrow, AXIA roll
And then there were two.Team Harrow and Team AXIA both cruised Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2004 Vail Women’s Elite Lacrosse Shootout at the Vail Athletic Field.In the early game, AXIA defeated Special Brew by a score of 20-6. The game wasn’t close after the first few minutes, as AXIA showed its superiority scoring early and often.AXIA’s offensive onslaught was paced by the duo of Randall Goldsborough and Michelle DeJulius, who both had five goals. Teammate Crista Samaras had four goals.
On the other side of the ball, Special Brew fought hard, but were completely overmatched. Stephanie Jones had two goals in the losing effort, Melissa Goloick had one.Harrow too muchTeam Harrow rode the hot hands of Kelly Coppedge and Jen Adams to a 13-4 victory over the Crease Monkeys. They scored four and three goals, respectively.The game was back-and-forth from the start, a testament to the fitness of these players, who have played multiple games at an unfamiliar altitude over the course of the last few days.
“I think we are pretty fit, but this altitude can be challenging,” said Adams, a native Australian who attended the University of Maryland and now lives in Baltimore. “We are all fresh out of college, and some play for the U.S. team, so I think we all have a reasonable level of fitness.”Team Harrow used its speed advantage and a potent passing attack to dissect the Crease Monkey defense, while simultaneously giving up few scoring chances in their own defensive end.”We have a great group working together here,” said Harrow goalie Alex Kahoe, who also hails from Baltimore. “It has been a fun weekend.”The two teams, which are both primarily comprised of players that competed against one another at East Coast colleges, know one another quite well. Circumstances which should make for an interesting final.
“We’ve all played together a lot,” said Harrow mid-fielder Adams. “It should be a very competitive by nature.”The final will be played at Ford Field today, at 12:30 p.m., and should be a hotly contested match. The consolation, pitting Special Brew against the Crease Monkeys, is scheduled for 9:35 a.m. at Miller Ranch in Edwards.For more information, log on to http://www.vaillacrosse.com.