The Statesmen make a statement
VAIL – They’ve still got game.The Elder Statesmen have some experience when it comes to winning. They’re alumni of Hobart College in New York, where the Statesmen have 16 Division III national championships, including a run of 12 straight from 1980-91.And Tuesday, they added a Vail Lacrosse Shootout Supermasters title, edging out the Navy Old Goats, 13-12.
“It just brings back memories of all the championships that these old guys had at Hobart,” attacker Marty Wood said. “We’re just going to savor it. Hopefully, we’ll come back next year and win another one.”The Statesmen did not come by the title easily, having to overcome a fierce squad in Navy as well as several fouls which left them shorthanded.”It was quite a game. We had a couple of easy rides early in the tournament, but (Navy) was unbelievable,” midfielder Sean Fox said. “All the credit goes to our guys. Tommy Rosa in the middle was unbelievable – Hans Kaiser getting all the ground balls, Danny Schaeffer in goal. Our defense, we had a few warriors get hurt at the end, but it was a lot of fun. We’re a bunch of 40-plus guys. We don’t have much of these left in our legs.”Fox scored the game-winning goal with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter.
“We had a little bit of a mismatch on the right wing and Mark Moore was coming through, and he came back and repicked it, and I just turned,” Fox said. “He got it to me and I just got lucky.”The Elder Statesmen overcame Navy leads of 4-2, 5-3 and 7-5 on their way to the win. Hobart erased that last deficit after the half with a three-goal flurry in just more than two minutes.Wood, Pat O’Hara and Kaiser all scored during that stretch. Midway through the fourth, The Statesmen ran into some trouble with the whistles. Hobart had two men called simultaneously for 30-second technicals and lost a third 18 seconds later.
The Statesmen escaped major damage, but the Old Goats got a goal from Buddy Garland to tie it at 11. Navy’s Bobby Zimmermann got the third of his hat trick with 5:34 left in regulation, giving Navy its final lead at 12-11.Chris Rossi tied it second later, and then Fox applied the finishing touch.Navy had big days from Zimmermann, Skip Miller and Tom Calabrese, who all had trifectas. Garland and Joe Avveduti also scored for the Old Goats.”We had very little numbers and we gave it everything we had,” Navy coach Pud Gavin said. “They put everything on the line. We’ve got guys who were hurt, guys who’ve got cracked ribs, guys with ankles and hammies. We just came up one goal short.”
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